This was the second stop for our honeymoon and we really wanted to splash out and relax for the weekend (3 days, 2 nights). We are SO glad that Kozantei Ubuya did not disappoint. We checked in at about 1pm and the room was not ready yet, which was fine so we went for lunch first and by the time we got back it was ready.
The room was the traditional japanese style and it was huge and did indeed have a fantastic view of Mt Fuji. It is along the main road in Fujikawaguchiko but it's not noisy at all. They provide Yukatas, socks and slippers for you to wear around the compound. The yukatas are super comfortable and fun to wear. The room comes with all the toiletries and they also give you free desserts in your room each day.
For the price you pay it really is all-inclusive. All you have to pay for the rest of the stay is any additional drinks and lunch (outside the ryokan). There is the public bath area, free massage chairs, a library and a lounge area which all have the same amazing views of Mt. Fuji. They also have free drinks from 3-6pm and 9-10pm. Sometimes it's tea and coffee and sometimes it's wine/sake that is produced themselves. For the public bath, they do have rules which state that you can't wear any swimming wear so you do have to be prepared to go in naked. But the outdoor bath is really very nice...to be soaking in the hot water with the cool air on your face.
The breakfast and dinner (which is included in the price) is really amazing. We chose the Japanese set for both and they really feed you with a lot of food. For breakfast you get like 10-12 different little things and everything is just so delicious. The service is so personal and amazing. Dinner is a top-notch Kaiseki set. The seafood is crazy fresh (and this is saying something considering I don't like seafood), and everything is prepared so delicately and beautifully. Also, because it was our honeymoon they took a picture of us, framed it and wrote personal messages for us on the frame itself and gave us a bottle of their wine. Our waiter Kuono/Kohno was really nice and spoke the best english out of everyone we'd met over our trip.
The location of the ryokan is probably the furthest out of all the other major ryokans and hotels in the area but it's still only about a 1km walk to the main town area. Along the way, you pass the Kachi-Kachi ropeway and some other restaurants and dessert shops. It's a nice walk along the lakeside with a view of Mt Fuji so no issues there. Kozantei also provides a free shuttle bus every half an hour in the morning that takes you to the major stops from the hotel to the Fujikawaguchiko train station..so if you don't feel like walking you can always book your place on the bus.
There is only free wifi in the lounge area and not in the rooms, which is fine as you're meant to be relaxing anyway.
Overall if you add in the cost of the meals (which are really high quality) and the quality of the rooms and service it is really worth every dollar you pay. So just dive in and enjoy your stay!
A note on getting there from Tokyo - the JR line only goes up to a certain point, then you'll have to switch to the local train line which will cost you another 1100 yen per person or something like that to get you to Fujikawaguchiko. From Kozantei we headed to Kyoto and to get there we took the bus from Fujikawaguchiko train station to Mishima train station (~ 1.5 - 2 hours), then caught a Shinkansen to Kyoto. I'd advise reserving your seat for this section ahead of time because when we got to Mishima station and tried to reserve a seat, it was all full and we had to take our chance on the non-reserved carriages (we got a seat there, but just to be safe it'd be better to reserve as it doesn't cost extra anyway).
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- Also Known As:
- Kozantei Ubuya Hotel Fujikawaguchiko-Machi
- Kozantei Ubuya Japan/Fujikawaguchiko-Machi