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#WeekenderStays: Shiretoko Grand Hotel, Hokkaido

Relax after your travels with an impressive buffet and onsen in a traditional Japanese inn setting

Photos: Pamela Chow

After a long day of exploring, there's nothing more relaxing than kicking back in a cushy hotel and resting your weary body in a hot onsen (hot spring) bath. In my recent trip to Hokkaido, Japan, I capped off a day of exploring the Shiretoko Peninsula with a pampering night at Shiretoko Grand Hotel, or Kita Kobushi.

Here's what makes Shiretoko Grand Hotel a good choice of accommodation if you're visiting this side of Japan.

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Photo: Courtesy of Kita Kobushi / Facebook

The onsen

The hotel has two hot spring baths: An indoor large bath and the Rotenburo rooftop open-air bath. You can soak in the onsen while admiring the natural beauty of the Okhotsk Sea. In Hokkaido, the baths usually contain table-salt water containing boric acid, which is good for treating chills, burns, aches in the joints, ulcers and nerve pains.

The baths are divided by gender according to certain timings, so visitors can enjoy both.

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