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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights based on friends recommendation. Average room price is 14,000y (before taxes) per person with breakfast and dinner.

If you drive there is abundant car park beside the hotel. We had a sea facing room (can be a bit noisy as the platform (floating platform) for the ferries to the other hotels constantly move with the wave action. All rooms come with toilet and bath/shower attached.

We did the Nachi temple/shrine/waterfall visit on a great day before our arrival to the hotel as it was raining heavily the next. Good to check weather forecast and plan accordingly. If you have the time, visit the 3 shrines (Hongu and Hayatama) around the area.

The room has a dated design in the 80s and the toilet is small though our room had 2 twins bed and was large.

Limited or non existent English is spoken at the ryokan. Dinner was held on the ground floor and upon checkin you be ask your preferred dinner and breakfast time.

Dinner was fantastic and abundance of seafood and meat was provided. Since we were staying for 2 nights, we had 2 different menus for each night.

Highly recommended ryokan though onsen is small but you can take the ferry to the other hotel's onsen if you do not mind carrying your stuff across.

Ryokan is small about 30 rooms and gets filled easily. Reservations to book online is almost impossible - best to give them a call to make reservations.

Stayed: November 2016, traveled as a couple
Thank Michael C
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Reviewed 8 December 2015

Now this is a special town, kii katsuura, mostly off the usual Mainland Chinese tourist radar (really sorry but today Kyoto n Osaka r just so different with so many of them everywhere - I love PRC people, am not prejudiced against them but u don't want to go to Japan to b swarmed by them). A fishing village, mostly known for the tuna auction held at the town, it is 2 hours n 45 mins from Wakayama City, a really long train ride away but thoroughly worth the time spent.
Knowing small towns have small-town-mentality, I paid careful attention to trip advisor reviews of Manseiro (not many) n the sister hotel, urashima hotel. We would b spending 3 nights here n I didn't want to risk it. Reviews that Urashima Hotel is jaded, needing upgrading put me off ( yes it is true, the common areas of the urashima hotel reminded me of Singapore in the 60s or 70s). I also felt it unnecessary to b bound by taking the only access to the urashima island, the free boat. Besides, staying at Manseiro also entitles you to have free onsen at Urashima Island which is why people go there in the first place. And I want better food- the evening dinner at Manseiro are all Kaiseki dinner - if you like fish, this is the place for you!
Having made our decision, we emailed Manseiro. No return email for a week, v unusual for japanese who put company interests above everything else. They could not entertain calls either coz the staff cannot speak English. Undeterred, we called Urashima hotel, the sister hotel to explain our predicament n got them to help us book n get Manseiro to return our email. I am glad we persisted.

Now the hotel - it is clean, food for dinner n breakfast are generally good n abundant.
The twin room comfortable. The onsen is hot. We liked the fact that we could walk around the town at night, along the pier - it was peaceful. It is 7-10 mins to the train station n bus station where the friendly tourist information is. There r restaurants n shops, a supermarket nearby. N amidst stunning scenery.

Tip 1 - pick Japanese tatami room, they only have one western room if you like but we love the aroma of the tatami mat.

Tip 2 - this is a very japanese hotel n staff speak japanese only n only very basic English but they are alert, very service-oriented and helpful. Mr Fukuda Masashi is helpful. He helped us call our next ryokan to arrange for our arrival. So pls come prepared with what you want to do - whether it be walking the daimonzaka ( you must do!), going to the nachi falls, or taking the dorokyo boat ride at Shiko.

Tip 3 - after your dinner, have a tranquil. lovely walk around the town.

Tip 4 - after your day trips, come back to the hotel to pick up your green plastic bags with towels from Manseiro (this is the onsen pass for urashima hotel) and just walk a few steps to the pier to take the boat shuttle to urashima hotel.
Tip 5 - stay at least 2 days coz it is far to come, whether from kyoto, osaka, nagoya - n by the time you arrive, it will be close to 2pm.
Tip 6 - wifi is only available at the lobby of hotel

  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank mordecai12
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Reviewed 23 December 2014

We stayed two nights at Manseiro at the recommendation of the tourist info office in Kii Katsuura and are very grateful for their direction. Had a very pleasant ocean-facing room with just breakfast included since we wanted flexibility for our evenings. We concur with others who have raved about the good food and service at Manseiro and the small but lovely onsen baths. Had a great day walking the ancient paths at Nachi in the morning and then took advantage of the free access to the Urashima Onsen at the funky, sprawling hotel a few minutes boat ride across the bay in the afternoon. Not sure going for the buffet dinner there was such a good idea but enjoyed checking out all the baths - especially the two cave baths that open onto the open ocean.

Stayed: December 2014, traveled as a couple
2  Thank EricAvil
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Reviewed 1 December 2014

We had an amazing time staying two nights here. The view from our room was overlooking the bay but unlike the big hotels in this area, Manseiro is beautifully serene and peaceful. The onsens (hot spring) bath is soo clean here and I was generally the only person there. If you must visit Hotel Urashima for their theme park style onsens, Manseiro is a sister hotel so you can visit Hotel Urashima onsen for free. To be honest, I found it packed full of people and their kids (therefore not the cleanest!) so returned back to Manseiro right away for a proper restful bath!!

AND not to mention the food here is AMAZING! I felt like an empress

  • Stayed: November 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank fuzzymonkey18
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Reviewed 21 February 2011

We stayed at the Manseiro in October 2010 for 5 nights specifically to see the Tuna market and to hike the Kumano-kodo trails and to see the World Heritage sites of Kumano. We were in the area once before six years ago and stayed at one of the big hotels in the bay but decided to stay at a smaller hotel on the mainland so we didn't have to deal with the sea shuttle.
We loved every minute that we were at the hotel. It is small with very personal service given by Higashi-san and his staff. We speak a little Japanese and they did everything that they could to make sure we were safe and comfortable. Every morning Mr. Higashi would see us off and help us with our arrangements, each night he was there to ask how our day was. He has a great sense of humor and was always so kind and helpful. We had a japanese style room at the front of the hotel facing the harbor. Great views of the bay with busy boats going to and from the pier/bay hotels across the street. (We were so glad we didn't stay out on the bay as a storm flew through a couple of days and was tossing the small boats back and forth!)

The food for breakfast and dinners were out of this world, fresh abalone, local caught fish, of course fresh tuna cause Katsuura is the tuna port of Japan, local beef. Dinner was always up to 12 courses and breakfast was usually 9 dishes! Definitely a bargain to stay in a nice hotel, two meals, centrally located, a couple of blocks from the train station and Mr. Higashi! The small town of Katsuura is strictly local japanese with small shops and eateries.

Tuna auction: every morning starting around 7:30 am. Thousands of tuna are brought in each day, laid out on the covered pier, categorized, sized and priced. Purveyors from all over Japan arrive with trucks, auction action is fast and furious and the place is cleared out within an hour/hour and a half! These are the smaller tunas about 25 - 100 lbs. Not the monster tunas at the Tsukiji market in Tokyo, but fun and fascinating none the less.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Bensmom55
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