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“worth a stopover/detour”
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Choseikan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“worth a stopover/detour”
Reviewed 4 April 2013

At first glimpse this place is not a logical stop for foreigners if you have so little time and so many places one wants to visit.
But is is surely worth your attention and in fact rather easy to reach as a stopover on your shinkansen journey between Tokyo and Koyto.
The surroundings are interesting for tea lovers, Shizuoka being the largest tea producing area, and of course it has its historical remnants such as the Horai bridge over the Oi river, and the museum.
But you can skip al these and just stay for one night in this very special place.
This is not a hotel, not even a commercial ryokan, this is an historic place, with a few rooms where the owners welcome guests in an atmosphere of nobility.
And everything was accordingly, the highest standard of comfort, wonderful food, and then the onsen ! I have been spoiled and visited quite a few onsen places (including Yunomine, Arima, Kurokawa and many others), but this was the best quality of water I ever experienced. The bathroom made ready for the visitors by room, so you can fully enjoy it in calm and privacy. I need not tell you that I took the opportunity to go both in the morning and the evening.
The house, and more specifically the large room on the first floor (second for US) is protected as Cultural Asset, and it was not only a pleasure but sincerely an honour to be served an excellent evening there.
I can warmly recommend it, it is worth a little effort to get there.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Aachen, Germany
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

We (3 friends) have been to this beautiful ryokan in November 2012. We came from Tokyo, were on the way to Kyoto and followed the recommendation of a Japanese friend to stay at this place. Staying here is just a little detour when travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto.
A ryokan is very traditional and interesting for foreigners. It is an incredibly unique experience to stay at such a nice accomodation. The floor of our room was covered with the traditional tatami mats, the view into the garden was amazing: colorful maple trees and a small pond. The onsen was a big hot bath made of dark stone (showers are also in there) and is fed by a natural spring.
When we arrived, people were very nice and welcomed us with green tea in our room. Onsens usually are scheduled for ladies and gentlemen, but this place reserves the bath roomwise. After our first bath, we relaxed in our room. Unfortunately, no beds were there yet. Later, the manager summoned us for dinner in a traditional dining room upstairs. The food was amazing. I can not eat any fish or seafood which the ryokan respected and they made some vegetarian or meat dishes for me (had four courses). After dinner, our beds - incredibly comfortable futons - were in the room. After breakfast we left for a day tour. The manager arranged a taxi driver and a translator (taxi driver's sister) for us. They drove us to some sights: a very large, old wooden bridge and a green tea field with a museum. The tour at the museum was great! We learned a lot about the Japanese culture, green tea and tea ceremonies (costs for taxi = 100€). Back at our hotel, we went to the bath and had dinner again. Next morning we left. We will definitely return!

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 May 2010

This ryokan was so traditional, elegant and beautiful. The onsen was incredible with a natural hot spring and stone bath. We slept so soundly after our soak in the bath. The futons were so comfortable. Our meals were delicious. Definitely a place to stay if you would like to experience a traditional ryokan with a touch of luxury.

  • Stayed May 2010
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Property: Choseikan
Address: 600-2-2 Shida, Fujieda 426-0071, Shizuoka Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Shizuoka Prefecture > Fujieda
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels / Ryokan in Fujieda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Choseikan 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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