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“Simple and beautiful. Delicious dinner” 5 of 5 stars
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  |   28-1 Nashimoto, Kamo-gun, Kawazu-cho 413-0501, Shizuoka Prefecture (Kawazu Onsen)   |  
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“Simple and beautiful. Delicious dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

My wife and me made here the base for a weekend hike along the waterfalls of the Kawatsu Gorge and up to the Amagi Mountain. This is a Japanese style hot spring guesthouse, with a modern touch. The guesthouse is set just next to a temple with a graveyard on the back and its entrance is right through the temple’s front courtyard. The guesthouse must have been recently renovated. The interior decor is modern and very simple, yet beautiful and essential. Tatami straw mats and wooden floor, no need for slippers. We were given a kind of Japanese style pajama instead of the usual “yakata” vest and introduced to a very beautiful room on the second floor, with a partial view over the hills. The room was very spacious, with new tatami floor and perfectly clean. It is provided with a sink, while shared toilets are on the corridor. Aircon and small fridge work perfectly.
The bathhouse at the ground floor is really nice, The bath is of natural thermal water. There is an indoor big tub, a smaller and slightly hotter wooden tub outdoors and a sauna room too. Three reclining chairs outside are just perfect for cooling down after the warm bath or the sauna and watching the sky. The guesthouse also offers a private bathing room for couples, or families.
We had the simplest of the menus on offer for dinner. It was absolutely fantastic. A kind of modern Japanese cuisine, with some western dishes (delicious seafood chowder and cuts of roasted chicken breast with stirred peppers and eggplants), cooked very lightly in the Japanese style and an amazing kind of sorbet at the end made with local citrus fruits. A group of guests next to us were enjoying a steamed big red fish that looked gorgeous.
The group of ladies who are running this guesthouse and the kitchen are doing a wonderful job. They are full of smiles, kind, welcoming and so efficient!
The only drawback of the guesthouse is that is located just on the main road, so the interference of the car and truck traffic on this exquisite environment is unavoidable.
Overall it was a most pleasant stay. I look forward of being back one day to enjoy the red fish!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

When I decided to go to Izu Hanto I wanted to book an accommodation with good value but not too basic. So I searched the Japanese youth hostel list and discovered this quite unusual Hostel. I didn't expect it to be special, but for a hostel it really was! First of all it's located right next to a small temple. The main building with the onsen, the reception desk and the dining room is located in a very clean and minimalistic modern white Building (I loved the decoration with the door handles and the writings on cut-into-half flat natural stones) with a zen- like garden in the middle featuring white pebbles and a lot of moss, while the rooms are in the older but nicely renovated building. The rooms were really nice with views on the hills across the valley, tatami, futon and nice design elements like the free standing sink and the nice wall pattern. Very nice! Just to give you an idea: I have been to some very expensive ryokan which had worse rooms then this hostel for five times the price! So for the rooms you already get great value. But there's more: The Onsen is also very nice and for this price level good value. There is an outside rotemburo, reclining chairs and the specialty: a hot stone room where you lie on hot pebbles (be sure to bring a very thick towel to lie on!) and listen to relaxing music.
The third joker is the food: wonderful sets of very tasty kaiseki - like menus for dinner as well as for breakfast.
Well, to be honest, there is one downside: The hostel lies in a wonderful natural setting in the green hills of the Izu peninsula, but to get there you either have to use the infrequent public bus or use your own wheels like rental car.
All in all I really recommend this place especially if you like calm settings with nature around you and hot springs.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

For someone really enjoys on-sen holiday in Japan looking for lovely on-sen and good food, it is perhaps a good chance to trying something basic. I joined a Yoga Retreat so did not pick the roykan myself and this definitely would not be my usual preferred choice. Maybe because of the package fee I paid, food for the 3 days was vegetarian - I believe they grow the veg themselves. The package did not come with any service so no one to make up the room. The only interesting experience is their stone on-sen, a bit like sauna.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 28-1 Nashimoto, Kamo-gun, Kawazu-cho 413-0501, Shizuoka Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Shizuoka Prefecture > Kamo-gun > Kawazu-cho > Kawazu Onsen
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Ranked #8 of 51 Hotels / Ryokan in Kawazu-cho
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Number of rooms: 12
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