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(L) Guide Map of Suginoi Hotel
(R) Suginoi Hotel: From left side, it shows the main, middle and Haba-wing
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A timetable of courtesy shuttle bus between the Beppu JR Station and Suginoi
Suginoi Hotel is located on the top of the hill Kankaiji hot spring area
of Beppu. Suginoi Hotel consists of
three buildings of the 14-story Main-wing, which has 328 rooms, the 13-story
Hana-wing, 215 rooms,
and the 7-story Middle-wing building, 57 rooms. These are called as Hon-kan,
Hana-kan and Naka-kan,
respectively. The total number of guest rooms is 641 at present.
All guest rooms of the main building are smoke-free. Hana wing had 44 smoking
The middle wing had 27 smoking guest rooms. The percentage of smoking guest
rooms to the total was 11.8%.
The hotel recently renovated total facilities, and all guest rooms are
This hotel can accommodate the maximum of 2,630 guests. In the recent ten
years, the number of a group tour
from Taiwan and Korea is increased, making up a high percentage of the
hotel guests. A Japanese common
folks is also accounted as a main part of the hotel guests. Many hot springs
facilities in this hotel are certainly
one of the largest in Japan. There are many restaurants and cafes, which
are smoke-free, except a bar in
the Hana wing. Smoking is allowed in terrace seats outside.
(L) Aqua Garden of the hotel: An open-air bath, 'Tanaya' is the next door
( No photography is permitted in the public bath)
(M) A mountain ranges with occasional geothermal wells
(R) A sunrise at Beppu Bay observed from the guest room of the14th floor.
(L) A geothermal power plant at the Suginoi hotel: About 50% of total electric
consumption is depended on this geothermic power plant.
(R) A tree-shaped rooftop planting
A dinning hall and a Japanese restaurant in Suginoi Hotel: A smoking is
allowed in a terrace seat.
A buffet$B!>(Bstyle dinner is well known as a superior in its kind and taste.
You may enjoy a feeling of fullness after a smorgasbord.
A reception desk and lobby on the first floor of the main building
(L) A smoking corner at the elevator hall of Hana-wing: No partition or
wall is present at this section, despite many hotel guests pass through.
(M) A smoking corner at the basement of the main-wing building: No partition
or wall to block the adverse second-hand smoke.
The side-smoke goes up to the reception hall of the first floor, which
might affect to the hotel guests and workers of the reception desk.
(R) This smoking area is set outside of Sugino Palace.
A smoke-free guest room at the Hana-wing
A guest room with the Japanese-style 'tatami' section of the main building:
All rooms of the main-wing are smoke-free.
(L) A water show is held every evening at the Aqua Garden.
(R) An illumination display at outside of the Suginoi Palace
A wedding hall and a bridal costume shop at Suginoi Palace
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History of Suginoi Hotel:
In 1966, the Hana-wing building was completed, followed by Suginoi Palace
with the large jungle bath and theater.
The main-wing building was open in 1971. It has been enjoyed a great success
in managing the hotel during the high-
growth period. However, after 1980, a reduction of the number of group
excursion throughout Japan and the facilities
of the hotel became decrepit and bankrupted with the debt of 137 billion
yen (1.34 billion US dollars).
After 2003, the hotel repaired the old facilities and demolished the giant
public bath and opened the open-air bath,
'Tanayu'. In 2004, a new approach for inviting a group-tour from Korea
and Taiwan in the Suginoi hot-spring resort.
In 2010, Aqua garden was opened, and in 2012, a wedding hall was completed.
The writer first visited this spa resort in 1968, two years after the new
construction of the Hana wing.
The impression of this hotel at present is somewhat different from those
It became more popular for a general public, and the number of group tour
from Asia is markedly increased.
In hotel corridor, buffet restaurants, we can always hear Chinise or Korean languages talking loudly.
However, the tradition of Suginoi Hotel had been taken over. Always, all staff members greet to a hotel guest
with a smile. They quickly responded faithfully to request items. A private
communication was well handled.
Smoke-free Hotels in Japan
A summary of smoking-room rate studied in local hotels of Japan
Smoking Restriction at Hotels in the World: Actual Survey
The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.
The article was written and photography was taken in May 2014, by Junhaku
Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
Hotel information was revised, in September 2016.