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The New Akan Hotel sits snugly next to Lake Akan in the Akan National Park. The lake itself is famous for its rare marimo balls of algae that form naturally here; in fact, this type of larvae is only found to form naturally in Japan, Estonia, Iceland and Scotland. The lake was formed some 6,000 years ago by volcanic activity, hence the rich sprinkling of hot spring resorts in the area. The waters of Akan have been popular since ancient times when they were frequented by Hokkaido's original inhabitants, the Ainu. The hot spring waters of Akan are said to be therapeutic for nerve pain and arthritis. The views in this area are astounding, a delicious blend of crystal lake and sharp, snow-covered mountain ranges - which goes a long way to explain why this area has been designated as a national park. In the photo above Mount Oakan can be seen in the background.
The Toya Sunpalace can be found on the banks of Lake Toya, a beautiful crystal-clear caldera lake - formed by the collapse of a volcano. The lake is some 10 kilometers in diameter, and hosts a number of onsen resorts on its shores. The Toya Sunpalace is a large, long-established hotel with 452 guest rooms, the majority of which proudly boast beautiful views of the lake.
As the name suggests, the Jozankei View Hotel is surrounded by wonderful scenery, and from its elevated position offers beautiful views in all directions as far as the eye can see. The surrounding scenery changes color and tone in a delightful pattern throughout the year. This has inspired the hotel to hold its own "4 seasons photo competition" in which entrants are invited to submit photos showing the hotel and its scenery in any one of its 4 seasonal colors.
Situated slap bang in the middle of Tokyo, right next to the Imperial Palace, the Grand Arc Hanzomon is, as one would expect, extremely well-connected. With easy access to the subway, via Hanzomon Station and consequently easy access to both Narita and Haneda airports.The hotel has a wide range of rooms, varying from Western-style single rooms, to Deluxe Japanese-style rooms with tatami floors. All rooms have a generous selection of amenities, including a cable television with pay-per-view movies, high speed Internet, refrigerators, kettles, Japanese tea bags, telephones (for both domestic and international calls), paper & envelopes, hairdryers, trouser presses, slippers, towels, bathrobes and toiletries. The hotel can also provide ironing boards, newspapers, massage and laundry services. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.
Off to Hokkaido? Feeling peckish? Fear not - JAPANiCAN has scoured Hokkaido's snow-swept plains to find the top 5 hotels offering all-you-can-eat buffets! Before exploring Hokkaido's wonderful scenery, make sure you have a good breakfast!