HerBage, Hotel Epinard Nasu, Nasu Kogen, Tochigi, Japan
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This year seems a year of domestic travel for me. While I am now waiting for my routine trip to South-east Asia in the coming month of October, I travelled to other sides of Japan for relaxing.
In my younger days, I rather travelled without reservation of hotels but driving car down towards our destinations so we stayed different hotels or Japanese ryokans every night. But nowadays, I am getting easier to stay at a single hotel, with various facilities, as if that hotel is my one and only destination, but to be honest, it is indeed easy and relaxed!
This time, we stayed in Nasu Kogen, a highland in Tochigi prefecture near Nikko, for summer break but just over weekend. It has various attraction, including tennis court that I love to play at, swimming pools, etc., so despite of gorgeous set-up, it is welcoming more family visitors, hence your dinner might be so noisy around, if you come just two of you to enjoy some romantic night with your partner. This is where it is for family, not for lovers.
But, their main dining has one principal, use neighbour farmers productions. Very fresh, but no need to say anything else to explain. Fresh vegis from farms picked in the morning, live stocks too, and our favourite eggs too!
And, chiefs are young but well trained. So dishes are not as cheap as ones you might underestimate from nightly rates and customers you see around. They fully utilise potentiality inside stuff so, even buffet style, while you should see some live cook performance here and there, I can predict you should be surprised its quality of cuisine, even at your choice of taste and style from western to Japanese, Chinese etc. (as far as available on your day), so you can also be satisfied with quantity.
And, breakfast omelet is no exception. Well-shaped, i.e., with seamless rugby football shaped omelet is cooked lively in front of you. With fresh eggs picked up in that morning, taste is so nice, no wonder. Sometimes you may be told to have fresher dishes to go there for local production, this is it. Enjoy!