I stayed there with my husband for just a Saturday night get away. The hotel is quite far from Kawaguchiko station (about 50mins by public bus) and the bus only runs about 5 times per day up til early evening 5ish and first departure is just before 11am. Cost was 1120 yen each way. (Our bus returning was about 30 minutes late). Although quite a long ride, the view is well worth the trip. Right from our room balcony, we had a clear view of the entire Mt. Fuji with the river reflection in front of it. The ryokan is very old and quite run down, but kept clean. There is a private bath that you can book for 30mins which has the same view of the mountain. There is also a public bath on the first floor, but I did not use the facility. We booked the dinner banquet and breakfast ahead of time and was satisfied with both meals. (Note that the breakfast is not your typical western breakfast- it was rice and salmon). There is no wifi in the rooms and you must have a local Japanese service provider email address to gain access in the lobby. This turned out to be a positive for us, because we went to bed at 8:30pm! and was able to get up at before 5am to see the sunrise. The place seem to be run by a family (mother, father, daughter and grandfather), with a couple of hired help. The daughter spoke English well and everyone was very friendly. Whilst the room price we paid was relatively high, it was about the same as other ryokans around the lake. The only negative is that smoking was allowed in the lobby and restaurant.
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- Also Known As:
- Yamadaya Hotel Japan/Fujikawaguchiko-Machi