La Vista Akangawa is a modern riverside hotel along the Akan River in Kushiro, Hokkaido. The hotel is surrounded by a serene atmosphere created by nature.
Each of the 64 rooms boasts a rich view of the Akan River and is designed with cypress wood furniture to incorporate warmth and traditional Japanese interiors. There is a large communal bath, Yudokoro, with an open-air and an indoor option where one can commune with nature.
Alternatively, there are also three luxurious private baths to choose from: The brick bath “Hoshi no Yu”. the cypress bath “Tsuki no Yu”, and the pottery bath “Kaze no Yu”. One night’s stay can range from 10,000 to 20,000 JPY, with basic amenities provided accordingly.
The hotel also has a restaurant, “Wakka Pirika, a lounge, “Pokkenui”, a shop, “Koropokuru”, a healing place, “Yumego”, and a night bar, “Kant”.
La Vista Akangawa can be accessed through Akan Crossing Road (National Route 240) by car, a shuttle bus service is also provided via reservation. The hotel is operating normally with pandemic measures in place to prevent the spread of infection.
Number of rooms
*All rooms have hot spring baths.
Rooms with open-air baths
Is this place ryokan only or ryokan with an onsen?
Does this ryokan have private onsen (hot spring)?
Is there a communal shared public bath?
Are there additional rental options?
With open-air tubs 0 With indoor tubs 3 With both indoor and outdoor tubs 0 Hours 0:00 – 24:00 Price Free How to book Use when available (no reservation necessary)
Price range (yen)
The price includes one dinner and one breakfast
La Vista Akangawa
Total rating: 4.5
Great setting and location, very average food
We stayed here for 3 nights in August 2020. The ryokan is in a great location, and is within comfortable driving range of a number of must see attractions in Akan National Park. The staff are also super friendly and very welcoming. The setting is also beautiful, and very relaxing . We paid a bit more for an upgrade room which was definitely worth it for the extra space and the view (see note below re. the room temperature though).
For us however, the food is not a reason to stay at La Vista Akangawa. I guess this comes down to personal taste, but my wife and I found the food to be average at best. We love ryokan meals generally, and we were really looking forward to the meals - but unfortunately the standard was in our opinion surprisingly poor given the other reviews on this site. Maybe we caught them on an off week when the ingredients were not good quality or something similar.
They also desperately need to clean the windows of the building - particularly in the restaurant. The beautiful view onto the river is spoiled by how dirty the floor to ceiling windows have become. Such a shame because the view would otherwise have been amazing. Not really what you expect for the prices being charged.
The room was great, nice and spacious, with a lovely bath looking out onto the river. The only issue was the temperature - the air con doesn't seem to be particularly effective. When you are paying such high prices you expect the room temperature to be manageable, and the windows to be clean!
So in summary, the location and setting is superb, but I don't think that alone justifies the price tag given the average food and other issues mentioned above. We won't be staying here again - i would have given it 2.5 stars, but felt 2 stars was too harsh, so rounded up to 3.
Perfect if it’s not for the hot room temperature
We booked a riverside room and it’s spectacular! The view looks like a painting! You may see wild deers day and night, during breakfast or enjoying onsen. Our kids were so excited, especially they could get an ice-cream every time after onsen. Private onsen and the one within the room is equally great and comfortable.
The hotel is beautifully constructed amongst a tranquil forest. The only drawback is that, as most hotels do, they don’t have air-conditioning when the summer is over. During our stay, outdoor temp maybe around 5-6, but the room is 27 degree ! We have opened all the ventilation as told by a staff, but still the room was too warm to us. It was a hard sleeping night. Nevertheless, we hope to visit this hotel again, maybe in cooler seasons.
What a fantastic place
We have stayed at a few places but this was the best. Our room was large with every convenience. The highlight was we chose a room with a view. You look straight out on a beautiful river and trees. We could see a fisherman in the morning and deer at night. The dinner was at a window with a typical but extremely good set menu and similar for breakfast.
Luxury stay at modern ryokan
Our room had the river view which was hypnotizing to gaze at. It lighted during the night time so we spent lot of time enjoying it with some drinks. The 8 dish dinner that was included was amazing, but the japanese breakfast surpassed expectations as well. Free private baths were available and the bath tub in the room was cozy as well. Would have preferred more traditional yukata over the shirt and trousers they had. Overall the stay was very relaxing and worth the money.
Excellent place to unwind
We booked a river view room for three guests. The hotel is lovely, room was excellent and check-in/out was efficient. English widely spoken by staff. Meals were exquisite. We enjoyed an almost two hour kaiseki dinner worthy of a top end restaurant. Breakfast was equally nice. There are three private baths which we didn't try. The outdoor onsen had lovely views of greenery and river.
Wifi was strong throughout the hotel for those who wish to stay connected. The views from the room and various parts of the hotel are so lovely and peaceful that one can just soak in the atmosphere without leaving the hotel itself. A nice retreat in itself.
While expensive, it does provide value for money.