Owani Onsen, Aomori, Japan

Located 50 minutes by train from Aomori Airport, KAI Tsugaru is a hot spring ryokan in northern Japan. The ryokan is a quiet place designed for guests to get the most out of the local culture, from apple-scented baths fed by the famous Owani Hot Spring to Tsugaru shamisen lute concerts in front of walls depicting Tsugaru’s dynamic coastal scenery.

Refined architecture and Japanese style artworks set the elegant ambience of KAI Tsugaru. Cypress baths and “Shamisen” (local traditional three-stringed guitars) performances as well as seafood specialities add to the pleasure.

Located 50 minutes from Aomori airport and Shin-Aomori station, Kai is a perfect base for tourists wishing to enjoy the beautiful nature of Aomori, such as Oirase rapids, Hakkoda and Shirakami-Sanchi.

Complimentary shuttle bus from JR Owani Onsen station is available.

There are 41 rooms that offer many options, such as rooms that feature Western-style bedrooms and living areas, and rooms that come with their own outdoor hot spring bath.
Japanese Style Suite with Private Garden

Family suite featuring a private outdoor bath and a cypress inner bath.

Capacity: 1 – 4 people
Size: 100 sqm

Japanese Style Suite

Capacity: 1 – 4 people
Size: 64 sqm

Western Style Suite

Capacity: 1 – 2 people
Size: 50 sqm

Japanese Style Suite with Western Beds

Capacity: 1 – 4 people
Size: 60 sqm

Standard Japanese Style Suite

Capacity: 1 – 4 people
Size: 50 sqm


Meals feature dishes inspired by Tsugaru culinary culture, prepared with the finest locally sourced ingredients. Dishes include a sashimi platter of fish seasoned in eight distinctive ways, and wagyu beef grilled on a ceramic plate.

A selection of Aomori sakes is also offered. Dinners consist of multi-course kaiseki meals that include visually pleasing dishes made with seasonal ingredients. Guests may choose between standard and special.

Breakfast is a set meal that features a traditional Tsugaru dish of scallop meat, shaved bonito flakes, and chopped Welsh onions, grilled in miso and egg on a scallop shell.


Bath halls feature large windows that look out onto beautiful scenes of nature, from lush greenery in the spring and summer to the vibrant colors of fall, and the thick blankets of snow that cover the Japanese garden in the winter. After warming themselves in the cypress-lined baths, guests are invited to relax at the lounge while sipping on a refreshing local beverage, such as burdock tea or an apple cider vinegar concoction.

cherry blossom

Kai Tsugaru, in the Aomori Prefecture is just the right place for admiring the cherry blossom.

The blossoming of the cherry trees is a magical moment waiting to be discovered by you and with hundreds of varieties of tree throughout the country there are shades to suit everyone from white to pale pink to very intense pink.

The most popular variety is somei yoshino whose flowers are adorned with five subtly shaded white petals tinged with pale pink. Kikuzakura is a variety whose flowers can have up to 100 petals. However, regardless of the colour or number of petals, the magic is still there, and no one can remain insensitive to the spectacle of these thousands of flowers provided by nature.

Aomori tour

Located near the center of Aomori Prefecture, “Hoshino Resort Area Tsugaru” is a perfect location for the base of Aomori tour. It is 10 minutes by train to Hirosaki, 60 minutes by car to Shirakami mountains and Mt. Hakkoda, 90 minutes to Oirase stream.

Aomori’s wilderness spreads to a moderate distance feeling, and you can enjoy a short trip based in the field Tsugaru. Take a trip to discover Aomori full of charm in spring, summer autumn and winter.



$260 $247/night

Rates vary according to seasonality. Contact us to discuss your holiday needs.


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Planning your luxury holiday, we are with you every step along the way.
If the villa of your choice is already booked, our team is happy to suggest equivalent alternatives and take care of the details. You can expect your vacation to be personalized to suit your tastes.
Private, insured, direct airport transfers to and from the villa can be arranged. A villa manager will meet and greet you at the airport ensuring your transfer to the villa is smooth and effortless.
Private tours and boat hire can also be arranged in advance. We will handle the arrangements to collect and return you to your villa after the event. Why not enjoy a fabulous day out and explore the surrounding islands and national marine park on a luxury speed boat?
Book a car with us and have it waiting at your villa when you arrive, we have a wide range of vehicles from a 2 seat Suzuki Jeep to a 7 seat Toyota Fortuner. Price includes comprehensive insurance, unlimited miles, collection and delivery, and optional baby and booster seats.
Prior to your arrival we will send you a food and wine shopping list allowing us to stock the villa with your favorite foods and beverages.
Once on site, your resident villa staff will ensure the villa is kept clean and tidy. Your villa manager is available to cater to guests’ specific needs and can help organize island activities, massage and spa treatments, as well as helping communicate requests to the Thai chef and dealing with any matter arising at the villa. Bed linen is changed every third day and towels are changed as necessary. Pool towels are provided and replenished as deemed necessary.
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