Daitokan is one of the hotels situated by Kusatsu Onsen’s famous Yubatake, where almost all of Kusatsu’s happenings are. If you come to Kusatsu Onsen by public transport, you are likely drop off at the bus terminal, from where it’s a 5 minutes down slope stroll to Kusatsu Onsen’s Yubatake, hence they do not provide pick up service to and fro bus terminal. If you drive, there’s no parking here, but you can leave your car near their sister hotel’s (Kusatsu Onsen Hotel Resort) carpark, and I understand that’s the only spot where they provide free pick up service.
We were received by two very well manner gentlemen at the concierge who spoke moderate English and didn’t mind briefing us about general facilities there and offering us dining recommendation. And we got a roomy 10-tatami Japanese style room, but unfortunately it wasn’t one facing the Yubatake. The room was expectedly a little dated, however, it was well equipped with tea set, Yukata, sandals, bath tub, even massage equipments for neck and back. We felt very warm inside the room despite it being early Spring, that tells how strong their heater is, and it took me a while before figuring how to switch it off, and it’s either on or off, no option in-between. Important information: NO WiFi in room. At around 6pm, hotel staff will lay the futon for you. Daitokan has its own bath houses on ground floor, alternating between male and female at the stroke of midnight, but having been to both, there aren’t much significant difference actually. There is no locker inside, only basket for you to keep your possession, so leave your valuables in your room. But there is vending machine serving free hot and cold drink inside. Daitokan draws onsen water from the nearby Yubatake, but for many other accommodations further away from the Yubatake, they may be using other onsen sources. I find the hotel’s in-house store selling many interesting items, such as local souvenirs and collectibles. In addition, one can find a game arcade from the connecting annex building next door, offering entertaining for children and young adults.
Our package came with free buffet breakfast, and the restaurant on level 2 serves many varieties of Japanese cuisines. In my opinion, it’s far better than conventional international style buffet and worth the extra dollars.
One thing to note for those depositing luggage upon checking out, I was told I needed to collect them around noon, I suppose that’s because they have limited storage space. Anyway, it didn’t affect me as I would have boarded the bus for the train station by then.