Watei Kazekomichi

Watei Kazekomichi

What kind of onsen ryokan is Watei Kazekomichi?

This is like a hideaway for adults.  If you are looking for a rejuvenating and refreshing oasis to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, you should stay here.  To be frank, I wouldn’t recommend Atami as a destination for overseas travelers but for those living in Tokyo, it’s a great getaway just 40min from Tokyo Station by Shinkansen.  The ambiance is amazing.  There are 7 rooms only.  Each room has a wonderful private outdoor hot spring at the balcony.  The property would be absolutory for couples, solo travelers, business persons, small groups, but not families with small children.  *A minimum age requirement of 13 applies.  Everything, such as staff, hospitality, facilities, hot springs, and food, etc., was sophisticated.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, free shuttle service from Atami Station is available from 9:30-11:00, 15:00-18:00.  It takes 10min by car.  You need to book it in advance.  If you take a taxi from the station, it costs around 1,000JPY.

Where is the best accommodation for anniversaries?

If you are looking for venues for special occasions, the property would be one of the best. The staff arranges flowers and cakes to celebrate an anniversary at additional charges if you request in advance.
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Rooms I would recommend?

 If you are going to stay here, I would recommend booking a room called Kiritsubo.  There are many return guests who want to stay in the room.  It wouldn’t be easy to book it in my experience but it’s truly worth staying.  Then the private outdoor bath at the balcony is perfect.  You can chill out in the bath while viewing Atami city. 

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All rooms tend to be cramped but very relaxing.  Facilities tend to be the latest.  All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, colorful yukatas, pajamas, samue outfits, a green tea set, and a complimentary mini-bar, etc.  The wifi reception was good on the property.  Room service is not available.  Complimentary coffee is available at the lounge.  There is no convenience store within walking distance.  You need to buy your necessities before coming here.

How about In-house Facilities?

This is not a universal design.  There are some steep steps and there is no lift in the building.  If you bring people with weak feet, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Unluckily there is no communal hot spring. 

How about meals?

The Japanese kaiseki food for dinner and breakfast was just divine.  The food would be equivalent to Micheline 1 or 2 stars.  It may be a bit challenging for the western palate but it’s worth trying it.  The portion tends to be small.  All meals were served in a private room.  Dinner starts at 18:00 or 19:00.  Breakfast starts at 8:00 or 9:00.   If you have dinner on the property, you need to check in by 19:00.  *Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies.   They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day.  Alternatively, if you go out for meals, you need to take a taxi unless you have a car.  There are many local restaurants around Atami Station. 

My impressions

All staff is very warm.  If you want to experience signature Japanese-specific hospitality, you should stay here.  Overall the property has good value for money.  This is a perfect venue for a weekend trip.  Anyway, the best season to stay here would be except for the summer season.  It’s extremely hot.  You may feel reluctant to soak in your private bath in summer.  Also, I wouldn’t recommend visiting Atami from late April to early May, the third week of July to late Aug, and the end of the year and New Year holidays.  Because everywhere, such as Atami station, restaurants, cafes, and beaches, etc., in Atami city would be busy during the above periods.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  *If you check-in after 18:00, you need to inform the staff of it in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Watei Kazekomichi

Style Modern Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
15:00/11:00
Estimated Price 40,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact info@kazekomichi.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information  Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Watei Kazekomichi’s MAP
Access 10min by TAXI from Atami Station
Free shuttle service is available
Address and TEL 28-18 Baienchō, Atami-shi, Shizuoka 413-0032
TEL +81 557-86-0260
Official Homepage Watei Kazekomichi’s HP  *Japanese Only

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.