Luxury onsen planned for Lake Shikotsu, Hokkaido

Hokkaido Shikotsuko

Tsuruga Holdings will be developing a luxury hot spring resort in Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Hokkaido.

The hotel group plans to demolish the existing Shikotsuko Hokkai Hotel and replace it with a 3-storey, 24-room hotel with completion scheduled for early 2018. The new resort will feature open air ‘rotemburo’ hot spring baths in each room.

Demolition of the existing hotel will begin within the year. Development costs are expected to be in the several billion Yen range.

The former Shikotsuko Hokkai Hotel is approximately 500 meters from Lake Shikotsu. It opened in 1962. High fuel costs and a decreasing number of visitors saw the hotel close during winter from 2008, before eventually shutting down operations altogether in 2010. The building and land was acquired by Tsuruga in 2013 for an undisclosed price.

Source: The Hokkaido Shimbun, July 22, 2016.

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