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KAI Hoshino Resorts KAI Tsugaru

KAI Hoshino Resorts KAI Tsugaru

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.

  • 130 min. From Tokyo
  • English-speaking staff
  • Best Rate Guarantee
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Outdoor bath
  • Half-board

What is KAI?

What is KAI?

Japan’s hidden luxuries—at your fingertips

KAI is a leading brand of luxury boutique hot spring ryokans. Every establishment offers a contemporary take on the traditional Japanese inn, providing unique, location-specific experiences—from exclusive activities to specialty suites—designed to immerse guests in the lavish world of Japanese regional craftsmanship.


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. Signature Rooms feature ornamentation made with Tsugaru koginzashi needlework.

KAI Signature Rooms

KAI Signature Rooms incorporate elements of regional craft cultures in their design. At KAI Tsugaru, the rooms serve as galleries that showcase the Tsugaru koginzashi needlework of contemporary artist Iemasa Yamabata, whose work adorns the walls, doors, and furniture.

Room types (5)

KAI Amenities

100% flax yukata

These casual kimono have been meticulously woven to provide cooling in the summer and heat in the winter.

Wrapping cloth

In Japan, objects are traditionally carried around in a makeshift bag formed from a sheet of cloth. Guests are invited to use these cloths to carry their belongings around the premises.

Luxury mattresses

Our own brand mattresses have been designed to provide proper support to the body while also being soft enough to sink into, allowing for undisturbed sleep.(Available in Japanese-style rooms only.)

Other amenities

Bath / TV / phone / electric kettle / fridge / safe box / hair dryer / toilet with bidet functions


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.


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

  • No Western meals are served, either at dinner or breakfast.
  • Standard prices include half board.
  • Allergy Information

Hot spring

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.

Yuagari Lounge

After warming themselves in the cypress-lined baths, guests are invited to relax here while sipping on a refreshing local beverage, such as burdock tea or an apple cider vinegar concoction.


Same day reservations available at the front desk.

KAI Activities

Every KAI establishment offers a selection of free activities designed to introduce guests to Japan's regional cultures. At KAI Tsugaru, guests are treated to the stirring sounds of the Tsugaru shamisen lute through daily concerts, performed national champion Kohei Shibuya, as well as resident musicans who have trained under him.

Tsugaru shamisen show

The Tsugaru shamisen is a lute that is thwacked rather than strummed, which is why it produces such a bold sound. Listening to the instrument live is a truly revelatory experience.



  • From Tokyo area

  • Free shuttle service

    1. Reservations not necessary for shuttle from JR Owani-Onsen Station to KAI Tsugaru.
    2. Guests are asked to arrive at JR Owani-Onsen Station and go to the waiting room located outside the ticket gates. Shortly before departure, a member of our staff will arrive carrying a sign for "Hoshino Resort KAI Tsugaru."
    3. On their date of departure, guests will be asked at breakfast if they will be using the shuttle service to travel to JR Owani-Onsen Station. They will then be asked to arrive at the lobby by their designated departure time.
    • Please note that shuttle service is not available to and from Owani-Onsen Station on the Konan Railway Line.


Check-in 15:00
Check-out 12:00
Rooms 41
34 Japanese-style Rooms / 6 Western-style Rooms / 1 Japanese-style Suite with outdoor bath
Parking 20
Facilities Shared bath halls / Yuagari Lounge / Restaurant / Travel Library / Kogin Lounge / Shop

Travel Library

Every KAI establishment features a library consisting of books on the area's history, culture, crafts, and geography. Complimentary refreshments are also served.

Kogin Lounge

Local needlework artisans—including Iemasa Yamabata, whose works are featured in our Signature Rooms—hold solo exhibitions every season in this gallery-like space dedicated to Tsugaru koginzashi.

KAI Tsugaru

36-1 Aza-Kamibotanmori, Owani,
Owani-machi, Minamitsugaru-gun, Aomori 038-0211