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“Although a bit pricy, but really worth every penny”
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Hanafubuki
Ranked #4 of 193 Hotels / Ryokan in Ito
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Although a bit pricy, but really worth every penny”
Reviewed 14 July 2013

My husband and I went here for holiday, Ito is a really nice town to live in, peaceful and quite. We loved the walking tour to the Jogasaki coast, and met 4 really nice Japanese ladies, and the Japanese guide had been really nice to us as well. The view is spectacular and I would really recommend everyone.

btw, it's a town and a bit difficult to find restaurant here, there are some at the train stations, but none are good. But Hanafubuki provide set traditional Japanese meals and taste fantastics. Although a bit pricy, but it really worth to try out, this is the real traditional Japanese food.

There are 7 hot springs all for private use, you have to feel it yourself, don't forget to wear the Yukata the hotel provided, there's a guide to help you. It will be a memorable place that you will never forget.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

Wouw.

We chose to plan a 1-night stop in Izu-kogen at Hanafubuki based on information from our travelagent. Now staying at another Ryokan in Japan, we are so happy we got to experience Hanafubuki and would give our warmest recommendation to anyone planning a trip in the area, or even do it as a detour going from/to Tokyo to Nagoya/Takayama/Kyoto.

Hanafubuki is a short walk from Izu-Kogen station with direct trains from Tokyo multiple times per day. We arrived a bit early and were asked to wait until 2 pm when there would be English speaking staff and our room would be ready. It was beautiful weather so we walked down to the coast and to the suspension bridge nearby.

Upon return we were greeted warmly by Mrs X (unfortunately we cannot remember her name) who speaks English fluently. She showed us the premises, told us about the various baths and she also served us the dinner in the evening.

The baths - WONDERFUL and especially that you can use them privately for your party and do not have to share with others. Especially the 2 baths offering outdoor onsens were wonderful. The baths are available 24/7 as long as no other guests are using them. There is all you need in terms of shampoos, towels etc. We managed one before dinner, one after dinner and one the next morning.

The dinner - WONDERFUL and especially the fact that each dish was explained to you in English and you could ask additional questions. This was day 6 of our trip to Japan, so we were already familiar with many of the dishes and in our opinion this was the best we have had in Japan. (and we did not even have bad dinners in Tokyo before.)

The breakfast - You choose among the 3 different styles the evening before and it is ready when you come. The omelet was perfect, the bread had a good taste and eventhough the server did not speak much English, she managed in a good way to serve breakfast and the checkout later on.

The room - we were in 503 which has a direct lookout to the woods. It felt like there was noone else around and everything in the room was very nice. The prices for the minibar was so affordable that we did not miss a convenience store nearby. The nearest is next to the station, less than 1km away.

All-in-all everything was so perfect here that it is definately worth a detour.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Perfect place for a short trip from Tokyo. Wonderful baths, great food and excellent service (English speaking staff present).

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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San Diego
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2010

This traditional Japanese Ryokan offers an incredibly and unforgettable experience. We were looking for a ryokan that had private baths instead of the shared or segregated baths in Japan. We are very glad we found Hanafubuki. I would highly recommend this ryokan to anyone!

The room we got was japanese style. It was gorgeous and roomy! The first impression as I walked in was WOW! Everything was very quaint and the amenities in the room was great. Check-in was a bit difficult in the beginning until they got an English speaking host. She was able to communicate everything to us fairly well. You will have to select the type of dinner/breakfast you want upon check-in.

The hot springs were great! We only stayed one night but got to experience 5 of the 7 that were available. You can basically use any of the 7 as long as it isn't currently occupied. Each hot spring has its own decor and shower facilities. There is a nice combination of outdoor only, indoor only, and mixed hot springs so you can basically pick the style you like. The water will probably be too hot by most American standards but you can just add cold water. The trick I found was to start adding the cold water the moment I get to the hot spring. Then I take my shower and clean myself. By the time that is done, the water would have been cooled down sufficiently. I can then usually turn off the cold water and let it heat up again.

The ryokan is in a forest so there will be insects and stuff. In fact, our host had to chase a butterfly and a spider out of our room when we got in. It isn't a big deal for me and I thought it adds to the character of the place. There also isn't a lot out there except for the coast and a suspension bridge (15 minutes away).

It is a little out of the way in a fairly small town (Izukogen). However, you can easily get from Tokyo to Izukogen by train. Please note that if you have the JR Pass, it will still cost you about 1200 Yen per person to travel between Ito and Izukogen. You won't have to change trains but you will have to get your fare adjusted when you get to Izukogen. This was a bit of a surprise to us when we first got there. Once you are at the station, it is a short 15 minute walk to Hanafubuki. It is fairly hilly so if you have small children or lots of luggage, just take a cab.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Netherlands
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Reviewed 24 September 2009

We stayed there for one night only to enjoy the seven (private) onsen. Unfortunately to short to enjoy everything. It was SUPERB.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Pays de Gex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2008

we stayed at Hanafubuki for 1 night and enjoyed it a lot. it does not come cheap, but is worth the experience especially if you like to stay at a very quiet, close-to-nature place. The ryokan is made of several high quality cottages dispatched in the forest. Each cottage contains 4 large tatami rooms, as well as modern toilets but not shower nor bath - using the common onsen baths is part of the experience ! there are 7 of them (1 is a rotemburo ie outside bath) which you should use privately by locking the door. Access to the ryokan is a 4 minute taxi ride from Izu-Kogen train station, or a 10 minute walk. You can have breakfast and dinner at the ryokan but this will add quite a lot to an already relatively high bill; what we did was buy bread and jam at the supermarket on the way from the train station, and have breakfast in our room (courtesy delicious green tea is available in the room). For dinner, we recommend one of the restaurants at the train station, I don't remember the name but it's the first one on the left hand side: delicious local food for a very reasonable price, and extremely kind service.

  • Liked — its situation in the forest, and the onsen baths
  • Disliked — relatively expensive
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
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Property: Hanafubuki
Address: 1041 Yawatano, Ito 413-0232, Shizuoka Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Shizuoka Prefecture > Ito > Izukogen Onsen
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Ito
#18 Best Value Hotel in Ito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hanafubuki 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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