I had a great stay at Fujimien. The staff were exceptionally helpful, going the extra mile several times to help me have a comfortable stay. I was worried about the problem of not having a non-smoking room (none of them are designated non-smoking), but they were very understanding about my concern, and there was no detectable smoke odor at all in the room I was given. I can't promise that this would always be possible for them to do, but the hotel was fully booked when I stayed there, and they were still able to accommodate my concern. The room was airy and clean with a nice private bathroom (though no private bathing facilities). The onsen is very nice--beautiful view of Mt. Fuji on a clear day, very peaceful. Even though the place was booked, I often had it to myself.
The lodge itself was conveniently located near the Hakone Ropeway (cable car) with an even better view of the Mountain. It's true that you have to take a long bus-ride to get there, but it's easy enough to get the bus (it runs every 15 minutes), and I enjoyed walking to and from Lake Ashi while I was there (about a ten minute walk). It's close to the Hakone visitor center, which has excellent exhibits about the natural history of the Hakone caldera area.
As for negatives, the only ones I experienced were really my personal issues and not theirs. But for what it's worth, and I always have this issue when traveling in Asia, the bed was a little too hard for me. I was able to soften it up by using extra blankets as a cushion. Also, the food was exquisite for someone who really appreciates traditional Japanese cuisine, although unfortunately, I am not that person. But I wouldn't hold it against them--my guess is that most guests who like Japanese food would be very satisfied. They did a beautiful job presenting an elaborate, multi-course, traditional meal--and even if I didn't love every aspect of it, I enjoyed learning something new. Overall, I highly recommend the lodge and was extremely glad to have found it!
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