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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tohoku 2015 東北の旅 - Toyoko Inn Morioka Ekimae 東横イン盛岡駅前

Stayed 09.10.2015 (Fri)
Booked thru'
- Twin Room = 6,612 yen
- Single Room = 6,372 yen

During this trip to Tohoku, we stayed in Toyoko Inn in three different prefectures (Morioka, Sendai and Hirosaki). Have a good impression of this budget business hotel after my previous stay in Okayama. All the pros I can think of: convenient location, clean facilities, simple yet delicious complimentary breakfast and most importantly all these are a single at an affordable room rate. The design/style may not be the best or most elaborate relative to other boutique hotels, but all amenities are well taken care here to ensure you get a good night rest. My experience with Toyoko Inn hotels has always been pleasant - looks like I have sung enough praises of this local hotel chain. I believe Toyoko Inn will still be one of my top picks for accommodation whenever I stay in a city area.  

European style exterior.
There are two Toyoko Inn hotels in Morioka - stayed in the branch situated in front of the train station. Personally, this particular branch in Morioka has one of the best looking exterior I have ever seen before. Concept of dedicating one section of the lobby as a dinning area for breakfast is the same in every branch I have stayed in so far. Stayed in a single room by myself - typical small sized room with minimal walking space especially after opening the luggage. Did noticed that they did not provide deodouriser in the room; had to request for a bottle at the front desk. Another thing that I discovered (while navigating their webpage) is that Mt Iwate can be viewed from the 14th floor of this hotel. 

Single room

What's nearby?

(1) Morioka Reimen 盛岡冷麺
Originated from Korea, cold noodles has been improvised to become a symbolic dish of Morioka. There are a handful of restaurants within walking distance from the hotel. Wanted to go to Senroukaku (盛楼閣) but it was under renovation on the day of visit. Went to Pyon Pyon (ぴょんびょん) instead, a Korean cuisine restaurant to have my refreshing bowl of cold noodles for dinner. 

(2) Kitakami River 北上川
Woke up earlier than usual to explore the surrounding area before breakfast and chanced upon Kitakami River. Parks are created alongside the river, a similar concept we have in Singapore, where the local community can enjoy their leisure stroll here. Had a good morning warm up to loosen the tight muscles while trying to spot Mt Iwate from afar - Unfortunately I did not manage to witness that on this cloudy day. Instead, spotted a gigantic Iwate's mascot "Wanko" here promoting the annual National Sports Festival of Japan which will be held in Iwate Prefecture in 2016. 

On a good day, Mt Iwate can be seen in the background.
Say Hi to Wanko - the mascot of Iwate Prefecture.

Toyoko Inn Morioka Ekimae 東横イン盛岡駅前
〒020-0034  岩手県盛岡市盛岡駅前通14-5

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