Arai Ryokan

This is like a cultural museum.  If you are looking for authentic ryokans in Izu, I would highly recommend Arai Ryokan.  Perhaps if you are a connoisseur of Japan, you should stay here.  This is one of the amazing ryokans in Japan.  Arai Ryokan has a rich history with a traditional atmosphere.  The experience is pure Japan and should definitely be tried.  Once we entered the property, we felt that we were being pulled into old-Japan.  On the other hand, if this is your first time staying at ryokans, I wouldn’t recommend it as overall, facilities tend to be worn-out.  You may feel stressed during your stay.  The ambiance would be traditional, charming, and quaint.  Arai Ryokan would be great for couples, solo travelers, family, or small groups.  If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a room with a view of the river and bamboo forest on 2F.  You can fully enjoy the traditional Japanese culture in the room.  Also, if you are a light sleeper, you should request a room on 3F.  If you stay on 1F or 2F,  your ear may catch some noise from the upstairs.  This is a historical wooden building and there is no soundproofing system.  The room is Japan minimalistic, but truly relaxing.  Facilities tend to be aged, but the housekeeping is good.  The free Wifi reception was excellent.  You need to get a password to connect to the internet at the front desk.  Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you should book Japanese western-style rooms in the KATSURA wing.  There are twin beds on tatami mats.  Also, the rooms were renovated in 2018.  The facilities tend to be the latest.  Then all of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, and a Japanese tea set.  Also, DVD players, Blu-rays, and air cleaners were available for borrowing if you request.  Room service is not available.  There is a vending machine for drinks in-house.  There is a convenience store nearby.  *No outside food and drinks allowed except baby food.  Then Arai Ryokan is not a universal design.  Wheelchairs are not available.  There are some steps.  There is no lift.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the entrance or the communal baths.  Then there are wonderful indoor and outdoor communal hot springs in-house.  They are open from 6:00 to 24:00.  You should try all of them.  Then, there are two private family hot springs.  You can use one of them for free whenever it’s not occupied.   Also, if you want to use the other, you need to pay JPY1,080 for 45min.  You need to book it in advance.  They are open from 15:00-10:00 the following morning.  *If you have tattoos and want to use the communal hot springs, use reserved private family ones instead.  Then Japanese kaiseki food for dinner was nice.  The food was authentic, fresh, and dainty.  It may be a little challenging for western palates.  The portion tends to be small.  All meals are served in your room.  Also, you can ask the staff to heat baby food up.  Dinner starts from 18:00, 18:30, or 19:00.  Breakfast starts from 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 wouldn’t be restaurants around here.  Local papa-mama shops are closing early.  If you want to go out for dinner, you need to visit near Shuzenji Station as there are some local restaurants.  You may need to take a taxi.  Then all staff tends to be professional.  They are friendly, helpful, and kind.  Overall the property would be reasonable.  If you are keen on Japanese architecture, garden, and hospitality, it’s well worth staying here.  Don’t forget to take a walk around a beautiful garden in-house.  At last, access to the property would be easy if you take a taxi from Shuzenji Station.  It takes 7min.  It costs around JPY1,100.  A free shuttle service is not available.  Alternatively, you can take a TOKAI bus for Shuzenji Onsen at the number 1 bus stop in front of Shuzenji Station, and then get off at Shuzenji Onsen Bus Stop.  This is the last bus stop.  It takes 10min by bus.  Then it takes just 5min on foot from the bus stop to the property.  The bus fare is JPY220 per person.  Alternatively, you can take a TOKAI Bus from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal to Shuzenji Onsen Bus StopRefer to the info.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Arai Ryokan from the below space.  *All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  **Check-in and out times 15:00/11:00  If you check-in after 18:00, you need to inform staff in advance.  ***Due to the coronavirus, the property is temporarily closed until the 6th of May, 2020. Check Availability and Pricing for the property on Agoda or Booking.com

Info about Arai Ryokan

Style Traditional Ryokan
Guest Rating Superb 9.1
Estimated Price 50,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact yoyaku@arairyokan.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 Arai Ryokan’s MAP
Access 7min by taxi from Shuzenji Station
Address and TEL 970 Shuzenji Izu-City Shizuoka
Tel +81-92-687-5312
Official Homepage Arai Ryokan’s HP

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