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On a back road off Rte 243 on the southern shores of Kussharo-ko, this attractive youth hostel has vaulted ceilings, lofty skylights and polished wooden floors, plus an onsen bath. There's a restaurant here (but no private cooking facilities).
As it's a little out of the way, set back from the road among fields, it's better if you've got your own transport, although the English-speaking staff will pick you up from JR Mashū Station, if you request in advance.
Overlooking Lake Kussharo, Kussharo Genya Youth Guesthouse is a 20-minute drive from Mashu Station, and a free 2-way shuttle is provided with an advance reservation. Designed by the Hokkaido-born Takeshi Araki, it offers a natural hot spring bath, internet PCs and free Wi-Fi access in all areas. Both private rooms and a bunk in dormitory rooms are available. The rooms feature heating facilities and wooden furnishing with warm colours. Bathroom facilities are shared. The guest house has 2 public hot spring baths, one for male guests and the other for female guests. Bicycle rentals (from April to October) are available for guests who wish to explore the area. The staff can provide information about local sightseeing spots and outdoor activities like canoeing and trekking. Kussharo Genya serves a selection of Japanese dishes, prepared by the owner who used to be a chef. Breakfast and dinner can be enjoyed at the dining room, and a 1-day advanced reservation is required. Guests can also prepare their own meals using a microwave. There are no restaurants or supermarkets around the property. Genya Youth Guesthouse Kussharo is within a 25-minute drive of Biruwa Station and Lake Kussharo. It is within a 40-minute drive of Mount Io (Atosa Nupuri) and the Lake Mashu Observatory.
To use the hotel's free shuttle from Mashu Station, please make a reservation at least 1 day in advance. Please inform the hotel of your estimated time of arrival at the station. Please be informed that dining options are limited in the area and there are no convenience stores. Guests without a meal plan are advised to have their meals before travelling to the area, or bring their own food. The latest time for check-in is 21:00. Bicycle rental is available from April to October only. Please inform your means of transportation to the property.
Guests must check in by 19:00 to eat dinner at this property. Guests who check in after this time may not be served dinner, and no refund will be given.