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“Friendly hotel with great private onsen”
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Fukudaya
Ranked #5 of 43 Hotels / Ryokan in Unzen
Reviewed 10 November 2011

This is a good place to enjoy the Japanese onsen/ryokan experience. The hotel is situated on the right side of the road just as you enter Unzen spa town: there is a bus stop right outside (the driver will drop you off if you tell him where you are going). We received a very friendly welcome from a guy who speaks good English and was happy to communicate with us via email, which made booking very easy. We bought the Welcome to Unzen half-board package which included 50 minutes in a private onsen: a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Not cheap, especially at current exchange rates, but worth it. The evening meal was very good. The breakfast was a bit rushed and not so relaxing: we had various things all cooking at the same time and would have appreciated a little less speed and more time to enjoy the meal. It is a few minutes walk to the walking paths around the thermal pools (spend an hour or so wandering around, eating the obligatory boiled eggs: it is a kind of mini-Yellowstone covered in pipes taking thermal waters to the various spa hotels). The staff at the hotel will book you on to the bus up to the pass below the volcanic peaks from where you take the cable car. The walking trails look challenging: don't trust the times estimated by the tourist info (I would consider talking the bus up then walking back down, but we didn't have time to do this). There is a good volcanic geology exhibition on the first floor of the tourist information office. Travelling on a rail pass, we took the bus from the bus station a few minutes walk in front of Isahaya rail station (about one an hour).

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Management response:Responded 21 June 2012

We are very sorry for delay in response to your message. Your kind commet regarding our facility and service is truly appreciated. We hope many guests from overseas like you will visit our hotel in order to enjoy Unzen and onsen in our hotel.

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Reviewed 8 August 2011

This is more a ryokan hotel than a small ryokan, so the service is not quite as personalized. Having said that, we were very well looked after, and one member of staff speaks excellent english. He (and others) were very helpful, providing maps, guides suggestions, and bowing us off on the bus back to Nagasaki...

The room is large, tatami floors, with a nice table, that is pulled back when prepared for the night. Our room also had a very large balcony with "western" chairs, a table, fridge with cold water, and a nice view. Dinner was excellent, served in a dining room (though unfortunately none of us are great at sitting on the floor!). It consisted of several small dishes, a steak course, and a hot-pot. Breakfast was also very nice, with fish and eggs cooked at the table. The highlight however has to be the spring baths. They have men's and women's baths that switch between morning and evening so that you can experience both. However, the best is the private baths that you can book for a couple or family, with one outside wall and small garden suspended over the river. The water is acidic and very hot.

The surrounding area is worth a visit, with easy walks through the "hells" of sulfur springs, where they sell eggs cooked in the volcano. One major attraction is the ropeway to Mount Unzen. However in July/August 2011 the road to the ropeway is closed for repairs, which takes away a little from the local possibilities. This was a bit disappointing. You could walk from the village to the mountain, but it was very hot this year. Other reviews suggesting visiting the shrine of Princess Konohanasakuya, which we found by accident (it's close to the marsh, which is close to the hotel). It was a bit of a surprise to find the sculptures hidden in the middle of a forest (note that it is shrine for fertility).

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Management response:Responded 21 June 2012

We are very sorry for delay in response to your message.
Our hotel is features open-air spa and family bath. It is our great pleasure if you visit our hotel again some day in future.

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Reviewed 21 July 2011

Stayed one night with family. Building itself is old. But with renovation, it looks enough.
Room has Japanese style "tatami" space and 2 beds for sleeping. It is also OK for me.
There are several "onsen" to be reserved for private. And my kid really enjoyed it.
As for dinner, we have selection, And it was served at Japanese style restaurant instead of room. It is also my preference.
If you like to relax with Japanese style "onsen", here can be one of your candidate.
By the way I didn't know that "Unzen=雲仙" was wrote as "温泉=Onsen" before. It was small surprise for me.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Management response:Responded 21 June 2012

We are very sorry for delay in response to your message.
We truly appreciate your comment regarding our bath. Please visit our hotel again if you have any chance to visit Japan in future.

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Reviewed 21 April 2011

First let me say that we arrived in Japan (Osaka) the day after the disaster and it was business as usual from Osaka southwards. Our travel was not impacted by the quake/tsunami at all. Japanese people are very concerned about how tourism will be affected, so please don't cancel your trip; go and enjoy all that Japan has to offer. Japan is hospitable and amazing and I can't wait to return.

My daughter and I needed accommodation in Unzen for 1 night. Nothing really stood out for us on the net so when we saw a weekday deal for Fukudaya, we decided to take it as the hotel appeared to be in a central location and the price was good.

We were so pleasantly surprised by Fukudaya! Service, food, room, location and view were all excellent. It is hard to rate one of these aspects over another, it was all so good however I would say that the service was the most excellent ... A+!

A delightful English speaking gentleman (many apologies to him as I can't remember his name), looked after us extremely well. The rest of the staff were friendly and fabulous too.

We had a stunning dinner. We had not ordered kansei, but instead had the most amazing sizzling plate meal which I had not experienced in Japan before. Breakfast was a feast and even though the lady serving it did not speak English, she told us exactly what to do with actions and a warm smile. Communicating in English in not that important to us, you can understand exactly what is going on if you are receptive.

Thank you so much to the staff of Fukudaya and especially the lovely man who spoke English. I will be back and next time I will stay longer! Unzen is a delightful town with wonderful walks and attractions ... do find the trail to the Princess Konohanasakuya shrine, it is well worth a look! :)

To bus travellers, the bus from Nagasaki stops right outside Fukudaya, just tell the bus driver and he will stop there. We missed it by one stop but it was an easy walk just down the hill to get back there.

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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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Management response:Responded 21 June 2012

We are very sorry for delay in response to your message.
Your kind comment is much appreciated. We will make best effort to welcome our guests from overseas.

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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2017
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fukudaya

Address: 380-2 Obamacho Unzen, Unzen 854-0621, Nagasaki Prefecture
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Region: Japan > Kyushu-Okinawa > Nagasaki Prefecture > Unzen > Unzen Onsen
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Unzen
#3 Best Value Hotel in Unzen
Price Range: £84 - £228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Fukudaya 3*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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