Off the bat I should say that it's worth it to call them to check availability (or get someone who speaks Japanese to for you). Both the Japanese and English websites I went through initially said they were fully booked for the Thurs and Fri we were in town. I snatched up the one available room for Fri and when I called they not only had room for us on Thurs but upgraded us to a twice-as-big eight person room for the same price (there were two of us). We saw no other guests that evening and only one other couple on Friday.
The staff is in an older Japanese couple who are kind and quick to offer suggestions if you're looking to try some of Nagasaki's specialties. They always came running to the door to welcome us back or see us off, in true ryokan spirit. The man gave me a cool little pen flashlight thing as a goodbye gift which proved more useful than he could have possibly anticipated when we were camping in Yakushima later in the week!
The building itself is new and impeccably clean which almost seemed a bit off-putting from the outside as I was hoping to show my travel buddy the full ryokan experience. I'm not complaining about it being TOO clean - very much a plus on the inside!!! I believe they'll do meals for you too if you ask in advance, though we were broke as a joke so I can't comment on the quality of that.
I would really recommend this place. Conveniently located right near the station too, and a short walk to the river/shopping area (20min). If I'm ever back in Nagasaki I'll definitely be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fujiwara Ryokan is a Japanese-style inn, located only 8min walk from JR Nagasaki Station and 2 min walk from Sakuramachii Tram Station. You can experience the nostalgic atmosphere of Nagasaki city while your stay in our Ryokan. You can easily reach most of the Nagasaki's tourist attractions by transportation of Tram and JR. We are in a very convinient place to go to sightseeing spot in Nagasaki. 10 Min walk to Megane Bashi bridge, 2 min walk to Shofukuji Temple. You can hear trams come and go, the ringing bells from Naka-machi Church, and the beating sound of drums in Suwa Shrine. Our building is in the middle of a slope of a silent stone-paved road. All guest rooms are traditional Japanese style (en-suite and non en-suite). Free Wifi is now available in each guest room. You can plug in your lap top PC. Breakfast is from 7 to 9 a.M. Advance booking for this is required by the day before. Only Japanese style (860 yen). -Parking:3 cars/ 530yen Check-in: from 16:00 Check-out: till 10:00 ... more less
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