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Cafe & inn That Sounds Good
Cafe & inn That Sounds Good
Cafe & inn That Sounds Good
Cafe & inn That Sounds Good
Cafe & inn That Sounds Good
Cafe & inn That Sounds Good
Cafe & inn That Sounds Good

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9.1

Exceptional

133 reviews

133 reviews

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8.7

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Parking
FREE
Nearby landmarks
Tazawako Herb Garden Heart Herb 610 m
Shirahama 1.8 km
Tazawako Kyoei Palace 2.1 km
Lake Tazawa Pleasure Boat 2.1 km
Chatate-no-Shimizu 2.5 km
Tazawako Lake 2.6 km
Gozanoishi Shrine 2.8 km
Lake Tazawa 4.6 km
Statue of Tatsuko 5.5 km
Omoide no Katabunko 5.5 km

Cafe & inn That Sounds Good

Katamae-160-58 Tazawako Tazawa, Semboku, Semboku, Semboku, Japan, 014-1204 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Conveniently situated in the Semboku part of Semboku, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. As an added bonus, restaurant is provided on-site to conveniently serve your needs.

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Highlights

Sparkling clean

Top Value

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Breakfast [free]

Air conditioning

Facilities

Bicycle rental

Car park

Shuttle service

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

BBQ facilities

Breakfast [free]

Bar

Restaurants

Value for money9.0
Distance to city center8 KM
Location rating8.7

Rooms available at Cafe & inn That Sounds Good

Loft Twin
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • Partial lake view
  • 1 single bed and 1 semi dou...
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Loft Family
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
  • Partial lake view
  • 1 single bed and 1 semi dou...
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Loft Triple
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  • Room size: 27 m²/291 ft²
  • Partial lake view
  • 2 single beds and 1 semi do...
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Loft Quadruple
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  • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
  • Partial lake view
  • 4 single beds
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Economy Triple - Non-Smoking
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Non-smoking
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Economy 4 Beds - Non-Smoking
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  • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
  • Non-smoking
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Economy Twin - Non-Smoking
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • Non-smoking
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Economy,Triple Room,Lake View -Non-smoking
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  • Room size: 27 m²/291 ft²
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Economy,Twin Room,Lake View -Non-smoking
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
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Economy,Twin Room,Lake View -Non-smoking
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Cafe & inn That Sounds Good?

Check-in is from 04:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee.

How do I get to Cafe & inn That Sounds Good?

A stay at Cafe & inn That Sounds Good also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the inn. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Cafe & inn That Sounds Good has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests.

What is the smoking policy at Cafe & inn That Sounds Good?

Cafe & inn That Sounds Good does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What restaurants are nearby Cafe & inn That Sounds Good?

Restaurants including Sounds Good, Restaurant Salato and Orae are popular in Cafe & inn That Sounds Good’s neighborhood which is known as Semboku.

What popular shopping places are close to Cafe & inn That Sounds Good?

Shopping options in Cafe & inn That Sounds Good’s Semboku neighborhood include Tazawako Kyoei Palace and Ando Brewing Kitaura Honkan.

What are popular attractions near Cafe & inn That Sounds Good?

Guests at Cafe & inn That Sounds Good can easily visit Tazawako Herb Garden Heart Herb, Gozanoishi Shrine and Statue of Tatsuko located in the Semboku area.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Cafe & inn That Sounds Good?

Cafe & inn That Sounds Good’s nearby natural sights include Chatate-no-Shimizu, Tazawako Ski Resort and Mount Akita-Komagatake located in the same Semboku area.

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What people love about Cafe & inn That Sounds Good

  • 8.8

    Excellent

    "You're invited to 'take things slowly' - which also applies to the service : ) It's hospitable, helpful and leisurely."

    Terrance

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    November 20, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "The cafe are very comfortable and the Onsan are good too."

    Ko

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    February 14, 2020

  • 8.4

    Excellent

    "Dinner with Jazz performance (Saturday) is enjoyable."

    Tak

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    November 10, 2019

Property ranking|Compared to 65 Semboku properties
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Service score
9.6/10
Value for money score
9/10
Cleanliness score
9.3/10
Couples review score
9.2/10
Better than
97
%
of Semboku properties
Better than
95
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of Semboku properties
Better than
95
%
of Semboku properties
Better than
91
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of Semboku properties
Overall rating:

9.1

Exceptional
133 reviews
Cleanliness
9.3
Facilities
8.8
Location
8.7
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More about Cafe & inn That Sounds Good

More about Cafe & inn That Sounds Good

Cafe & inn That Sounds Good

The superior services and facilities offered at Cafe & inn That Sounds Good will make for a memorable stay. Stay connected throughout your stay with free internet access provided. Your explorations of Semboku can be assisted with the shuttle services available here. Parking is provided free of charge for guests.
Wear your favorite outfits again and again thanks to the laundromat offered at Cafe & inn That Sounds Good. The inn is entirely non-smoking. Smoking may only take place in restricted designated areas.
Guests are guaranteed a comfortable stay while at Cafe & inn That Sounds Good. To enhance your stay, some rooms at the inn come with air conditioning. You may be assured to know that a refrigerator is available in some select rooms. You can stay fresh and clean with towels provided in some guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

Wake up with no worries at Cafe & inn That Sounds Good, where breakfast is provided free of charge. What's better than a good cup of coffee? Start every vacation day at the inn with an energizing cup of quality coffee. Throughout your stay, choose from a variety of delicious dining options at the inn. Once there, be sure to check out bar for some in-house nighttime fun.
The inn even has in-house cooking amenities such as BBQ facilities for its most selective guests.


Reasons to stay here

Spend less here on rooms than you would at 95% of other accommodations in the city.
Verified reviews score this inn higher than 95% of accommodations in the city on value for money.
This inn's staff and services score higher than 96% of accommodations in the city.

Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

8.8

Most talked about facilities

Food & Dining

6 mentions

Breakfast

2 mentions

Housekeeping

2 mentions

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Japanese

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Garden

Cleanliness and safety

  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Face coverings on staff
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • BBQ facilities
  • Breakfast [free]
  • Coffee shop
  • Restaurants

Services and conveniences

  • Elevator
  • Laundromat
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room

Access

  • Pets allowed

Getting around

  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Shuttle service

Sports equipment rental

  • Bicycle rental

Available in all rooms

  • Air conditioning
  • Air purifier
  • Closet
  • Free bottled water
  • Heating
  • Humidifier
  • Mirror
  • Non-smoking
  • Refrigerator
  • Smoke detector
  • Sofa
  • Towels
  • TV [flat screen]
  • Wi-Fi [free]
  • Wooden/parqueted flooring
Location
Katamae-160-58 Tazawako Tazawa, Semboku, Semboku, Semboku, Japan, 014-1204
Excellent
Location

8.7

Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-4 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 5-11 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 12 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from16:00
  • Check-out until10:00
  • Reception open until23:00

Getting around

  • Distance from city center8 KM
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)75

Extras

  • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee0 JPY

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsyes
  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of floors2
  • Number of rooms 5
  • Room voltage100
  • Year property opened1993
  • Most recent renovation2012

Parking

  • Daily parking fee0 JPY

Reviews of Cafe & inn That Sounds Good from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
9.1
/
10
Exceptional
Cleanliness9.3
Facilities8.8
Location8.7
Service9.6
Value for money9.0
High score for Semboku
Rating
9+ Exceptional (46)
8-9 Excellent (12)
7-8 Very Good (4)
6-7 Good (0)
<6 Below Expectation (2)
Time of the year
Mar - May (9)
Jun - Aug (15)
Sep - Nov (31)
Dec - Feb (9)
All guests (133)
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10.0
Exceptional
Ian from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Loft Triple
Stayed 1 night in September 2019

Fantastic atmosphere in the heart of nature. ”

Second time staying here, first time around 2011 and now visiting again in 2019 I was not disappointed. Friendly husband and wife team who try to fulfill any requests and speak enough English to make stay comfortable. Excellent location seconds away from the lake but you really need a car to get around. Food is great quality, not so much in terms of quantity but extra items avaliable on the menu. Lovely music in the dining area always, it is called "Sounds Good" after all! Family bath room has a true onsen feel to it, all in all a really relaxing stay next to one of my favorite places in Tohoku.

Reviewed September 08, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Andrea from Canada
Couple
Loft Twin
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Hidden Laid Back Gem on Lake Tazawa!”

If you like great coffee and jazz in a relaxed comfy wooden interior cabin, this place is for you! It is well located right on Lake Tazawa! Taking the bikes and riding around the lake to the Herb Heart Garden and Gozanoishi Jinja was good fun. The beds with a view were a comfy change. We loved the ofuro with MUSIC! Most of all we appreciated Yuri's wonderful food. We enjoyed HOMEMADE bread and her tasty dinner set with some great sake. We enjoyed their wonderful hospitality very much. Thank you!

Reviewed October 20, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
camille from Australia
Couple
Loft Family
Stayed 2 nights in November 2019

Wonderful Lakeside In”

Great location on beautiful Lake Tazawa. Impeccably clean room. Cozy bar and restaurant area, feels like home, and all meals were delicious! Amazing service throughout the whole stay. Do not fear the shared bathroom, it’s basically a private onsen experience every time you bathe. Definitely recommend staying here.

Reviewed November 09, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Ko from Hong Kong SAR, China
Couple
Loft Family
Stayed 1 night in February 2020

Very a style Hotel ”

We got a great experiences there, room are very clean and warm, I like the simply style, I booked the room with Breakfast and Dinner, both are very good especially the breakfast, very healthy. The cafe are very comfortable and the Onsan are good too. Happy for stay there.

Reviewed February 14, 2020

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9.6
Exceptional
Pakamart from Thailand
Family with young children
Loft Triple
Stayed 1 night in February 2019

Very comfortable stay in Tazawako with the lake view”

Tatsuya-san and Yuli-san are a super host. They are friendly and very kind. We have a nice and comfortable stay. The facility is very clean and homey, with relaxing jazz songs all through the day and evening. The bedroom is spacious and comfortable. Despite there is only 1 shared-bathroom, it is spacious and very impressive. Yuli-san is very good at cooking. We enjoy several meals here. There are a variety of drinks, and the price is reasonable. Tatsuya-san is very kind to pick up and drop off us at Tazawakohan bus stop. They are helpful and promptly respond to our requests and inquiries.

Reviewed February 24, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
Ho
Solo traveler
Main Building Budget Lake View Twin Room with Breakfast
Stayed 1 night in April 2019

Cozy Inn next to Tazawako”

A very pleasant experience in a nice little cafe & Inn next to Tazawako (Lake Tazawa). The Inn owner couples speak good English and is very friendly. They are always willing to introduce nearby area to you. The facilitates provides bike and car rental service if you want to explore the Tazawako area. Since this is a Cafe, there is heavy music (Jazz) element implemented into the facilitate. There is a piano sharp bathing, Jazz music playing through in the common area, the dinning area is filled with guitars, drum set and a grand piano. The owner even host regular Jazz performance for local. This is a small Inn there is only one bath room and guest have to reverse the using time in advance upon arrival. And there is no toilet inside your room, there are like three toilets in the common area. The owner will drive you from/to the nearest bus stop where you can take the bus to the JR station. If you are walking from the bus stop to the inn, it would likely take around 30 mins.

Reviewed May 10, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Feigelson from France
Solo traveler
Main Building Budget Lake View Twin Room with Breakfast
Stayed 1 night in January 2019

Jazz spot in winter time”

A very pleasant stay , sharing together jazz music after a wonderful dinner with very nice host.I should recommend this place , also for the next jazz guide book on jazz spot in Japan. Kristian ( Paris)

Reviewed January 10, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Lucy from United Kingdom
Couple
Loft Twin
Stayed 2 nights in August 2019

Fantastic ”

Both me and my husband loved this cafe and Inn! The service was amazing from both the owners, the food incredible, the baths lovely and if you are looking for a quiet few days by a stunning lake you couldn’t stay anywhere better!

Reviewed August 24, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
YEO from Singapore
Couple
Loft Twin
Stayed 1 night in April 2019

peaceful place”

A very homely feel place, 1st-time self-drive at japan for us. So we always book a hotel via Agoda last minute late at night. Upon arrival, a very quiet cold atmosphere turned into jazz music evening lounge at the ground level of the cafe which was very soothing for us as a late-night traveler. The host invited and cook some home cook meals and share with us together with their friends and of course together with the famous jazz musician. Homely feel but shared toilet facilities which we are not really used to.

Reviewed August 19, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Methasan from Thailand
Group
Loft Quadruple
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Kanchan So Cute!! That Sounds Good!!”

Cool Jazz in Nice Place! Kanata So Cute. 😍❤️😍

Reviewed November 02, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
Jean-Michel from France
Family with teens
Loft Quadruple
Stayed 2 nights in August 2019

Sounds a small paradise”

This place is magical. We had a dream stay. The hosts are very kind, the food excellent, the environment exceptional. You have to love isolated place, meditation ... and jazz. Thank you to our guests.

Reviewed August 10, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
michael from United States
Couple
Loft Family
Stayed 2 nights in October 2018

Exceptional”

Great place, people, and food!

Reviewed June 30, 2019

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8.8
Excellent
kim from Singapore
Couple
Loft Twin
Stayed 2 nights in October 2019

Exceptional ”

We had 3 nights pleasant & comfortable stayed here , The hosts Tatsuya San & Yuri san are very friendly and kinds , Yuri San prepare our breakfast daily, it is very simple but we enjoy it very much . We requested omakase dinner for all 3 nights , each night Yuri San prepares different main courses , soup and desserts which we look forward each night , the room was spacious and clean . The bath time booking system was so unique that we have no problem to get our preferred time slot , the piano shape onsen was so relaxing the water temperature was just nice for the autumn weather . I would highly recommended this BnB for couple or family with kids but no so suitable for elderly on loft room

Reviewed November 04, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Zhengyu from Singapore
Couple
Loft Twin
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Exceptional”

A wonderful stay here with owner. Only 5 to 6 rooms available and has the style of traditional onsen yet design contemporary modern style with music equipment. Food was great albeit small portion. Ambience was great too despite raining. Owner speaks English too, easy to understand and communicate. A place worth visiting for a tranquil time.

Reviewed November 04, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Wan from Hong Kong SAR, China
Couple
Loft Triple
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Excellent Service”

Room is very comfortable and clean. Service is very heartful. Food is good!

Reviewed October 28, 2019

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8.4
Excellent
kim from Singapore
Couple
Loft Twin
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Exceptional ”

The BnB is run by an extremely friendly couple Tatsuya san & Yuli San , we are truly enjoy our 3 nights stayed here , although there’s only one bathroom but , the bath time booking system was so unique that’s no problem for selecting your preferred timing . WiFi was fantastic, connection was available for the entire places including toilet and patio . We had omakase dinner for 3 nights, it was so yummy especially the homemade buns by Yuli San, breakfast was simple yet delicious ! Room was very clean , spacious & cozy. Strongly recommended this BnB for everyone who visiting Tazawako !

Reviewed October 29, 2019

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8.0
Excellent
Lewis from Singapore
Solo traveler
Main Building Budget Lake View Twin Room with Breakfast
Stayed 1 night in September 2019

Unique Homestay with Jazz Performance”

The accommodation hosts jazz performances every alternate night. Chances are, your stay would end up on one of those nights. It’s important to note that the jazz performance costs 3000 yen per pax and there is practically no option to opt out because your dinner time coincides with the performance. The staff were under the impression that travellers were informed but Agoda did not communicate this. Nevertheless, the performance was sublime and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well worth the money. Just to nitpick, they didn’t provide towels.

Reviewed September 25, 2019

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8.4
Excellent
Tak from United Kingdom
Couple
Loft Family
Stayed 1 night in November 2019

Nice to stay”

Overall is good. Dinner with Jazz performance (Saturday) is enjoyable. Staff is friendly. Good food for dinner. Only thing need to improve is the unpleasant smell from the drainage.

Reviewed November 10, 2019

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6.0
Wah from Hong Kong SAR, China
Couple
Loft Family
Stayed 2 nights in October 2019

Above average”

A kettle in the room is compulsory. In the room or any common area, no tea, no coffee, no hot or cold water. You have to pay for coffee or tea. Dinner is expensive and not enough food to eat.

Reviewed November 01, 2019

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9.2
Exceptional
Sarah from Ireland
Family with teens
Loft Quadruple
Stayed 4 nights in July 2018

Lake Tazawa (Akita) as a Base ”

'That Sounds Good' jazz cafe and inn -is a super family friendly inn. We stayed for 4 nights in July for B&B in a family room (with loft access). Suited our purpose. Laundry facilities available. Bar & cafe. The proprietors; Yuri and Tatsuya , both speak English and were extremely helpful. We got the komachi shinkansen from Tokyo station to Tazawako and rented a car in Obonai (the town of Tazawako) you will need a car to get about. It is rural. We were visiting friends in the area of Obonai and Kakunodate. The lake is beautiful and it was a very relaxing stay. Jazz music is piped continuously throughout the day in the main cafe area but at a very low gentle beat. We were even there for the weekly Saturday live jazz music session! A great night. There is a cafe and a superb breakfast was provided of seasonal Japanese cuisine. We loved it.

Reviewed July 11, 2018

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