Overall rating: 3.5 stars
Hotel Kazuno looks out onto rice fields and the town of Oyu Onsen. The service was polite and attentive. The room featured shoji screens, tatami mats, and comfy Western-style twin beds. It was clean, plenty large, and contained a sufficient number of easy-to-reach electric outlets. The large window lacked a screen, and a sign warned of the risk of admitting a "noxious insect" if one opened it. Internet access was availabe in the lobby but not in the guest room.
The public baths were clean but ordinary. There are so many wonderful onsen in northern Japan! The men's area had one indoor and outdoor pool; I assume the same was true for the women's baths.
A delicious multicourse dinner was served in the dining room restaurant. It featured nabe, a special Akita rice dish, tempura, salad, and other goodies. Three samples of different Akita sakes were a fun touch. Breakfast in a breakfast banquet hall was just OK.
My stay was pleasant and the tariff was very reasonable, but the hotel and its location lacked any stand-out features. If you're passing through the Oyu Onsen area, located between Lake Towada and Hirosaki, it is a safe and solid overnight choice.