As a volcanically active country, Japan is blessed with over thousands of hot spring or onsen all over the country. For this reason, you could see many hotel, ryokan or minshuku nearby onsen areas. My personal piece of advice to you is complete your Japan trip with a night stay in an onsen hotel or ryokan with a kaiseki dinner course.
In this post, I am going to talk about one of my most satisfying stays in Japan, which is an onsen hotel at Lake Kawaguchi, completed with half board meal – dinner and breakfast.
Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen Konansou is a Japanese-style hotel where you can experience the true ryokan experience in a hotel setting. Strategically located in Kawaguchiko, it is about 10 minutes drive from Kawaguchiko train station and the hotel offers free pick-up service from the station upon request. You could just walk over to the Tourist Information Center next to the station and ask their friendly staff to request a pick-up service from the hotel.
The location of this hotel grants easily accesses to the attractions in the nearby area. Places such as Kawaguchiko Tenjoyama Park, Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway, Lake Kawaguchi, Kawaguchiko “En Soleil” Excursion Ship ride, and Kawaguchiko Herbs Hall are within walking distance and is accessible by foot.
This onsen hotel features both tatami-matted rooms (with the most comfortable futon beds) and western-style rooms, hot spring bath (indoor and outdoor), as well as a foot bath located on the roof terrace. You can actually enjoy the breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji at the terrace while you soak your legs in the hot spring. If you are shy of going naked in the public bath, you can opt for guestroom with private outdoor bath or reserve their private bath at a charge.
As for the cost of the stay, my one night was ￥17280 per pax, inclusive of a kaiseki course meal dinner and breakfast with seasonal ingredients. It was part of the cost of a 4 pax room, which does not include a private outdoor bath. Although it sounds really expensive, this is the one-time must splurge when you are here to experience the ryokan and hot spring bath.
The view from our room’s window was very peaceful. It will be awesome if the weather was sunny and bright.
Futon bed, the most comfortable bed that will give you deep sleep.
Rest area after coming out from onsen. This place is equipped with drinking water so you can rehydrate yourselves here after your onsen bath.
Dressed up in Yukata and enjoyed dinner.
Check out the food they serve. It is so good that you probably will be so full, and your stomach feels like it might burst.
Breakfast was amazing too! I was served with Yamanashi Prefecture’s speciality called Houtou. Houtou ほうとう is a popular noodle hotpot dish that can only be found in Fuji Lakes area. It is often served in an iron pot with a miso-based soup broth loaded with pumpkin and seasonal vegetables. In terms of taste, it is delicious and bouncy.
Fuji Kawaguchiko Onsen Konansou
Address: 401-0301, Yamanashi-ken, Minamitsuru-gun, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Funatsu 4020-2
On the red line: the hotel is at Bus Stop #10 (Funatsu-Hama Onsen Town)