Staying at Gora Hanaougi Sounkaku was a wonderful experience. The room, onsen, food and hospitality was first class. Location is slightly off the beaten path, but it is worth it the moment you are greeted at the door by the amazing staff and a hot cup of matcha tea. This is a cultural experience that I highly recommended.
Our host, Erica was incredibly delightful and funny. We had a great time talking with her as she introduced us to the services and accomodations. The view from the 3rd floor was beautiful, the mountain air was fresh. Amenities were plenty. The room was very clean and well maintained. Dinner is a multicourse meal and had a wonderful balance of flavors, freshness, and preparation. 花はやっぱり苦いですよね？
The Onsen was smaller, but well kept. The highlight is definitely the outdoor onsen. There is something wonderful about braving the cold winter air just to sink into a pool of hot and relaxing water. The peacefulness and healing factor is amazing.