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“Pricey Onsen Experience”
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Funaya
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Hawaii
Level 6 Contributor
225 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Pricey Onsen Experience”
Reviewed November 25, 2011

It's definitely an upscale priced Japanese style on-sen hotel. Room was great but at US$500 not sure if I would be willing to stay there again...value issue. But if you want the experience of staying at one of Japan's premier on-sen hot spots, you might want to give it a try or consider some other property in the area since Dogo On-sen is a must if you're in Matsuyama.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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paris
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2011

There are a lot of small and typical ryokans in the surrounding area of the old Dogo Onsen of Matsuyama. If you can manage some Japanese, prefer a last minute booking on site. It not, the big modern hotels could be an alternative but they look a little bit industrial. Funaya is the genuine high class ryokan in this place, nice onsen (three baths) with all amenities, a swimming pool sunny in summertime. Several external customers are coming for spa activities. Good room and service perfect in the Japanese way.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Signal Hill, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2011

I've seen some pretty nice accomodations around the world, and this is on par with the finest. The service was better than i've ever experienced. In western high end hotels the service is great, but it's stuffy, pretentious, and stiff. At Funaya, it's great Japanese service with a genuine delivery. The price includes a 5 course gourmet French meal that in most major cities would be in the $600 - $1,000 range for 2 people.
What can I say about the room, or should I say rooms? You get an immacularte Modern Japanese ryokan room, a 5 star western style room with dining room table and corner panoramic view. 2 bathrooms, and other multi-use rooms. You have a dedicated staff member waiting on you at all times. You're a 3 minute walk from the oldest onsen in Japan - the famous Dogo Onsen. I could go on and on.

Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Vincennes, France
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Reviewed January 25, 2011

Funaya is really a wonderful place to experience japanese ryokan.
Top-grade service, clean rooms and excellent kaiseki food.
You should not skip the common bath (onsen, segregated), which I preferred to the famous Dogo Onsen

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Funaya

Property: Funaya
Address: 1-33 Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama 790-0842, Ehime Prefecture
Location: Japan > Shikoku > Ehime Prefecture > Matsuyama > Dogo Onsen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 88 Hotels / Ryokan in Matsuyama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Funaya 3.5*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Funaya has a proud 380-year history. We welcome our guests with courteous Japanese-style hospitality.[Access] From Matsuyama Airport: 40 mins by limousine bus bound for Dogo Onsen, From Dogo-Onsen bus stop: 3 mins on foot.From Matsuyama seaport: 30 mins by limousine bus bound for Dogo Onsen, From Dogo-Onsen bus stop: 3 mins on foot. ... more   less 
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