About our Hotel
Your exclusive Japanese-style inn experience and your journey to a world of relaxation, comfort and serenity begin as you walk by the hotel’s art gallery and are greeted by the wood carvings of the Blakiston’s fish owl considered to be the guardian of the local Ainu Kotan Village. Akan Tsuruga Bessou HINANOZA transports guests to a tranquil, serene world with elegantly appointed interiors far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The natural fragrances of exposed wood joists and wood interiors, the calm and tranquil spaces, the feeling of smooth wood floors on your bare feet each and every experience appeals to your five senses and evokes memories of a bygone era.
Each of the hotel’s 25 luxuriously appointed suites include their own Private open-air bath as well as traditional Japanese-style designs. No two are the same. Two communal baths featuring stone tubs are also located on the upper floors of the hotel.
Dining at Akan Tsuruga Bessou HINANOZA showcases the all natural and seasonal ingredients of Hokkaido in artistically arranged and truly unique kaiseki multi-course dinners. Dinner is served in exclusive private rooms reserved for each guest suite.
The works of master wood carver Takeki Fujito tastefully appoint the lobby, while the counter of the hotel’s bar and lounge is made from a 10-meter long tree trunk, exuding a rustic, yet lavish atmosphere. Surrounded by such comforts, we invite you to open your heart and mind and join us for an unrivaled luxury experience deep in the heart of Lake Akan.
Origin of the HINANOZA Name
In Japanese, the character hina means land far from the city or rural and carries with it the nuance of one’s old hometown a rustic, slow-paced, and tranquil location. The character za, which means seat, was added to evoke an image of a comfortable, relaxing place. The combined word Hinanoza, thus, symbolizes the hotel’s commitment to provide a time and space where guests can indulge in an exclusive luxury retreat amidst the natural wonders of the Lake Akan area.