We just spent three days traveling the Nakasendo. Started in Narai, then on to Magome and finished in Tsumago. All three villages well worth the time to visit, all three with a different charm. THe first 2 nights were in Minshuku, the last at the Ryokan Fujioto.
After reading glowing reviews here and elsewhere we certainly had high hopes that the final night would be the best of the three but were sadly disappointed. Fujioto seems well past her prime. To summarize:
We were able to leave our bags at the Ryokan as we arrived early with plenty of luggage and that was a help.
When we checked in a couple of hours later, we were shown to our room, which had nice views of two gardens. The room however was in serious need of a facelift: holes in the wall, badly worn furnishings, tatami that were well in need of repair, and a restroom that was a serious trip down a steep flight of stairs and a very long a drafty hallway which in the middle of the night was none too fun; the bath a nice wooden tub but too small for the number of guests...after staying at much less expensive Minshuku that were spotlessly clean and very well maintained we were saddened though not at all surprised as Ryokan often learn to coast on their laurels.
The meals were good, though not at all great by Japanese standards. Certainly the quantity of food was no issue. Several of the dishes were excellent including a grilled river fish. The owners seemed to be quite helpful to guests and especially to those in need of assistance not in Japanese that would certainly be a blessing. Overall,
I would not recommend Fujioto to a friend travelling to the region if other choices were available
- Also Known As:
- Ryokan Fujioto Hotel Nagiso-Machi
- Ryokan Fujioto Japan/Nagiso-Machi, Kiso-Gun