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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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The buffet

Like its namesake, Shiretoko Grand Hotel’s buffet is a regal affair. It is sprawling with numerous seafood options – a perennial favourite of Singaporeans – from grilled to sashimi, and even a lip-smacking crab broth soup.

Walk into the dining hall and the sweets counter, marked with a giant “Shiretoko Sweets Corner” sign – will grab the eye and tempt you to begin with the likes of fluffy warabi mochi and strawberry and chocolate fondant. But don’t give in; with the hearty selection of meats and seafood, you’ll want to save the best for last.




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