What kind of onsen ryokan is Fukuzumiro?

This is like a museum.  If you are a connoisseur of Japan, I would recommend Fukuzumiro.  Alternativily, if you are keen on Japanese architecture, interior, furniture, decorations, pure hot springs, and authentic food, etc., you should stay here.  Absolutory you can discover the traditional Japanese way of life.  On the other hand, if you are not so interested in Japanese culture, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Perhaps if you are a clean freak, this is not.  The property tends to be worn-out and aged.  The housekeeping was good, though.  The ambiance would be serene, charming, and quaint.  Once we entered the building, we felt that we were being pulled into Old Japan.  Fukuzumiro would be great for couples, families, small groups, or solo travelers.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, the location is near Tonosawa Station.  It takes 5min on foot.  Alternatively, it takes 20min on foot from Hakone-Yumoto Station.  Shuttle service is available from the front of Hakone Total Tourist Information Center.  It costs 100JPY per adult and is complimentary for children in primary school and younger.  You don’t need to book it.  Get on a shuttle bus of C course in orange color.  The shuttle bus leaves hourly, at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour between 13:15 and 17:45 on weekdays, between 13:15 and 18:45 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Then when you get on a shuttle bus, you need to tell a bus driver where you are staying.  Then get off at Fukuzumiro.  It takes less than 10min.  If you stay at the property on weekend, you might want to check in earlier.  Because traffic would be very heavy around Hakone-Yumoto Station in the afternoon.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with views of the river.  You can fully enjoy white noise while chilling out in our room.  Then most of the rooms have no bathroom.  You need to use shared bathrooms.  Only a room called Sakura #2 has a bathroom and a small indoor private hot spring.  Personally, I love a room called Sakura #5 on 3F.  You can enjoy viewing the peaceful Hakone Mountains from the room while having a cup of green tea.  The room is Japanese minimalistic, but truly relaxing.   Then, if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses called futons in tatami rooms, you should find others.  There is no room with western beds on the property.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, bottled water, and a green tea set, etc.  Room service is available.  A complimentary cold wheat tea is available near the communal bath area.  There is a vending machine in-house.  There is no convenience store near the property.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.   The free Wifi reception was excellent in our room.  Facilities tend to be aged.  Each room has no door key, so don’t forget to put your valuables in a safety deposit box.

How about In-house Facilities?

Fukuzumiro is not a universal design.  There are 5 stairs in the building and they are steep.  There is no lift.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to request a room on 1F near the entrance.   Wheelchairs are not available for borrowing.  Also, I wouldn’t recommend having a lot of baggage as it would be hard to carry in the property.  This is like a maze even though the entrance is cramped.  Then there are well-known indoor communal hot springs.  The spring quality is moist, smooth, and soft.  The water temperature tends to be a bit high.  You may need to add cold tap water.  Also, there is a small private family hot spring that you can use for free whenever it’s not occupied.  All of them are open from 15:00-9:30 the following morning.  You need to bring your bath towels etc., provided in your room when you go to the communal and private family ones.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal hot springs, use the private family one instead

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How about meals?

The Japanese kaiseki food experience was good, but it wouldn’t be special.  The portion tends to be average.  Then you can choose either Japanese or western food for breakfast.  All meals are served in your room.  Dinner starts at 18:00 or 18:30.  Breakfast starts at 8:00 or 8:30.  *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.  Then, as far as I know, there is no restaurant around here.  You may want to book a room including meals unless you have a car.

My impressions

The staff tends to be patchy.  If you expect 5-star hotel service, this is not.  If you are the type of person who can enjoy inconveniences, you should stay here.  If you really want to experience “pure Japan” in Hakone, it’s well worth staying at Fukuzumiro.  Then the best season to stay here would be in the fall or the spring season.  You can fully enjoy breathtaking views from the windows.   Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Fukuzumiro from the below space.   You need to inform the staff of your expected arrival time. *Due to the coronavirus, the property is temporarily closed until the 4th of June, 2020.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Fukuzumiro

Style Traditional Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 31,927 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
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Internet Connection Free wifi available
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Fukuzumiro’s MAP
Access less than 10min by shuttle bus
from Hakone-Yumoto Station
Address and TEL 74 Tonosawa, Hakone-machi,
Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa 250-0315
Tel +81 460-85-5301
Official Homepage Fukuzumiro’s HP

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