Tsukioka Onsen, Japan – Day 3(c)

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The onsen to be tried this time would be Tsukioka Onsen (月岡温泉), 30 minutes bus ride away from Shibata Eki. We managed to pay half priced bus ride there due to a big food event there. The open field was bustling with life with all kinds of food stalls from all over Japan. Although, Japanese are usually quiet or reserved but when it comes to events or festivals. They were all out to celebrate and all out to get attention of any potential customers for their food stalls. I meant a few mascots and a really cute Samurai who kindly asked me to move to a better location so that my photo with him would turn out better. かこいね!Customers were able to vote for the stalls that they liked and since we were really full from our lunch (which we kinda regretted with a heavy lunch after seeing all the food stalls there). We picked the stall with the longest queue and paid 500Yen for the really delicious and juicy pork skewers.

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Tsukioka was once an uninhabited hill in the middle of the woods. In 1917, in the midst of the oil rush excitement in Niigata prefecture, hot spring water suddenly gushed from an excavating well. People said “Oil isn’t found under hot water,” and the oil company abandoned the well. Shuzaburo Honma noticed this hot water, established a common bath and opened a therapeutic bath inn next to it. Thus began Tsukioka Onsen.

Introduction

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Carrion Tower in the Lover’s Sanctuary

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Here you can lock your love in eternity 😛

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View of the multi-purpose park from the top of the tower.

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It would be great if our recycling policies can be so successful. Here we have bins for the normal trash, PET bottles and Styrofoam bowls/plates but all plastic stickers were all torn off and thrown into the normal trash bins. Everyone did their part~ I was just standing there in awe of how systematic and efficient the whole thing went. Yeah, they probably were wondering what is this lady standing there in front of the trash for a whole 5 minutes watching with her mouth gaping 😛

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Although it was the start of fall but the summer heat was definitely still high in the late afternoon. Decided that it was time to escape into the onsen hotel, which would be another 15 minutes of walk amidst the local neighborhood of gardens and padi fields.

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Looking forward to the hot spring bath, as the waters here is known as “the onsen that will make you beautiful”. A soak in the bath is supposed to rejuvenate your skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth due to the sulphur rich water. We even have a copy of the certification that it was the top 3 beauty hot springs in Japan from our booking details. By this time, my feet were already aching terribly from the walks and Japanese sitting style in restaurants.

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Senkei Onsen Hotel (泉慶温泉), a hotel of 127 rooms with a traditional Japanese garden in the middle of the hotel and tastefully decorated with a lot of Japanese art pieces.  A little pity that though the hotel was kept clean and tidy but some of amenities looked a little old and needed a coat of paint.

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A typical Japanese room, with the low table and some chairs at the window for you to relax with the view.

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Sun started to set at 6pm.

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Individually locked bottles of drink in the fridge.

bedtime
The table and chairs were moved to the side and the futons were “magically” out by the end your dinner ended.

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Since it was the holiday weekend, the hot spring baths were crowded (just like the rooms) so I wasn’t able to sneak some photos in the bath area but the photos from their brochure is able to depict the layout of the baths. Layout of pretty much like any onsens but I particularly liked the outdoor bath as it was my favorite sulphur based waters which you can instantaneously feel your skin getting a little smooth just from the quick soak.

dinner
Dinner was not served in the room but in private rooms in the dinning hall.

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I was little disappointed when I saw the food because I thought this was it?! However, 30 minutes into the dinner I took back my words as the food was streaming non stop and by the time dinner was done after 2 hours that I was totally in a food coma.

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Niigata Sashimi…

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Chicken, pumpkin and shrimp appetizer.

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Escargo, beancurd skin, Edamame with cherry tomato with cheese and ham appetizer.

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Creamy tomato soup ( I think, though I haven’t figure out why is it yellow instead of orangey)

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Butter with miso pork and vegetable grill.

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Japanese claypot rice (釜飯). Basically, the soaked rice is covered and viola 20minutes later the rice is cooked.

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Pickled sides to go with the rice.

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Tempura.

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Clam miso soup.

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Senkei Onsen Hotel is famous for their open grilled, hence the grilled prawns and fish served.

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Bite size grilled steak with vegetables.

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Dessert was interesting, sesame pudding with fresh fig. My first time eating fresh fig.

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Finally a cup of hotel tea is served. In Japan, they normally served it with a slice of lemon so you can have a option of adding it into the tea.

Address:
〒959-2395 新潟県新発田市 月岡温泉453番地


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