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).
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- Fukudaya features function of city hotel and cozy space of traditional japanese inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fukudaya Unzen, Japan - Nagasaki Prefecture