Where to stay

That Sounds Good is a family-run guesthouse with a jazz motif. It is a tranquil retreat on the shores of Lake Tazawa; doubles from about $80 per person with two meals; 011-81-187-43- 0127. A seriously atmospheric but isolated rustic hot-springs resort, Aoni Onsen has oil lamps to replace electricity and elevates bathing to a fine art form; rooms from about $80 per person with two wholesome meals; 011-81-172-54-8588. On Kinkazan Island, the pick of the bunch is Minshuku Shiokaze, a family-run inn with fantastic views out to sea; rooms about $56 per person on a full-board basis; 011-81-225-45-2666.
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