Ryokan Experience, Kourakuen in Otaru 小樽宏楽園温泉旅館

Staying in a Japanese Ryokan is one of the unique experience that visitors to Japan must try. These japanese-style inns offer traditional facilities like onsen, tatami floors, futon beds and multi course meals known as Kaiseki. As part of our Hokkaido trip, we went to for a day stay at Kourakuen Onsen Ryokan in Otaru.

入住日本温泉旅馆是游客必须尝试的独特体验之一。这些日式旅馆提供传统的设施,如温泉,榻榻米地板,蒲团床和懐石料理。

作为北海道之旅的一部分,我们到了小樽的宏楽園温泉旅馆。

Located in Asarigawa Onsen area of Otaru City, Kourakuen ryokan sport a huge japanese garden at the entrance and is one of the best well known onsen ryokan in whole of Japan. As it was winter during our trip, there is not much to see in the garden due to constant heavy snow pileup at this region.

We booked a afternoon day stay at the ryokan for a room with private onsen. This is our first experience of having a private bath area in such a wonderful inn!

The onsen is a small bath area offering an unique outdoor experience with views of the garden in sight. The water was hot but comfortable, and is supposed to provide skin-beautifying effect. One thing about onsen in Japan is each of the hot spring water seems to provide different kind of healing effect. There are always signboards with explanation of what the water provides.

It was still snowing when we were there. Soaking in the open-air onsen, enjoying the garden views under snowfall, is such a surreal experience.

There is a small outdoor bathing area that can’t be used, as all the water pipe were dead frozen under the cold weather.

位于小樽市的朝里川温泉地区,宏楽園旅馆在入口处设有一个巨大的日式花园,是全日本最知名的日式温泉旅馆之一。由于在我们的行程中是冬天,这个地区不断有大量的积雪,所以在花园我们也看不到什么。

我们在旅馆预订了一间有私人温泉的房间。这是我们第一次在这样美好的旅馆里拥有私人泡澡的体验!
房里的露天温泉提供了一种独特的户外体验,可欣赏到花园景色。水很热但舒适,能够提供美肤效果。在日本,每种温泉水似乎都提供了不同的治疗效果,总是有招牌提供水的功能解释。

在露天温泉中浸泡,享受下雪的花园景观,这是一种超现实的体验。
户外有个洗浴区但不能使用,因为所有的水管都在寒冷的天气里冻结了。

After enjoying the onsen, Kaiseki was served by the staff. Each dish was carefully placed and arranged nicely. Actually, we are not sure if this is considered a Kaiseki, it seems a little ‘little’ compared to what we had previously in Kyoto. Anyway, the food was great and we enjoyed thoroughly.

享受了温泉之后,工作人员端进了懐石料理。每道菜都经过精心的放置和安排。实际上,我们不确定这是否被认为是懐石,与我们之前在京都的情况相比,这似乎有点“少”。无论如何,食物很棒。

It was just a day trip which we booked for 3 hours. After the meal, we checked out and went to explore the garden.

Staying in a Ryokan is not cheap and we don’t do that too often. However, Kourakuen in Otaru is definitely top notch and if given the chance, we would love to come back and stay for a proper night.

入住温泉旅馆并不便宜,我们不会经常这样做。不过,小樽的宏楽園绝对是顶级的,如果有机会,我们很乐意回来,好好的住一晚。