What kind of onsen ryokan is HANAFUBUKI?

This is like a hideaway for adults.  The property is located in the national park.  If you are looking for small authentic ryokans in Izu, I would highly recommend it.  There are 17 rooms only.  It’s like you’re in another world.  The ambiance is very charming, quaint, and lovely.  Just hanging around the large site must be so excited.  Also, the large garden is illuminated at night.  We absolutely felt unique Japanese sensitivity while taking a walk on the property.  The property would be great for couples, solo travelers, family, or small groups.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, the location is near Izu-Kogen Station.  It takes 10min on foot.  A free shuttle service is not available.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend booking a corner room on 1F.  You can view a beautiful forest while chilling out at the terrace.  The décor is Japanese minimalist but truly relaxing.  Facilities tend to be the latest.  You wouldn’t get stressed at all even if this is your first stay at ryokans.  Then if you are a light sleeper, you should stay at rooms on 2F.  It seems that the building has no latest soundproofing.  Your ear sometimes may catch some footsteps from upstairs if you stay on 1F.  Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you may want to find others.  There is a small western room with twin beds, but the room wouldn’t be special.  Then there is no room with private onsen.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, bottled water, and a Japanese tea set.  Room service is not available.  There is no convenience store within 5min walk distance.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.  Then free WiFi reception was bad in our room.  We could connect to the internet in the lobby only when we stayed in 2018.   Then the property wouldn’t be child-friendly.  Staff wouldn’t be able to prepare food, amenities, or futons for small children.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are 7 wonderful private family hot springs in-house which you can use for free whenever they are not occupied.  They are open for 24H.  You should try all of them during your stay.  The spring quality is very soft, moist, and like a skin location.  The water temperature tends to be lukewarm.  Then HANAFUBUKI is not a universal design.  There are some steps and slopes on-site.  I wouldn’t recommend it if you bring people with weak feet.  A wheelchair is available for borrowing, though.
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How about meals?

The kaiseki food experience was just divine.  The food tends to be sophisticated.  If you are a gourmet, you should try it.  All meals are served in a dining room.  Basically dinner starts at 17:30.  You need to check-in by 19:00 if you have dinner on the property.  Breakfast starts from 8:00 or 9:00.  *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, you can go out for meals as there are some restaurants around Izu-Kogen Station.

My impressions

All staff is so welcoming, helpful, and warm, however, be mindful and respectful of the Japanese traditions here as it’s a traditional accommodation.  Overall, the property has good value for money.  It’s worth every penny.  Then, the best season to stay here would be except for the summer season.  There would be many bugs around outdoor hot springs in summer.  It’s surrounded by rich nature.  It cannot be helped.  At last, don’t forget to check the weather forecast before booking a room.  If it’s rainy, you may feel reluctant to move around outside on the property.  Then, you should take a walk around the Jōgashima coast in good weather.  You can see an amazing blue ocean.  You can get a map at the reception.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about HANAFUBUKI from the below space.   *You need to inform the staff of your expected arrival time in advance.  Then you need to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in.  **Due to the coronavirus, the property is temporarily closed until the 20th of May, 2020Check Availability and Pricing for the property on Agoda or Booking.com


Style Traditional Japanese Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 46,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact info@hanafubuki.co.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi at the lobby only
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Hanafubuki’s MAP
Access 10min walking from Izu-Kogen station
Address and TEL 1041 Yawatano, Itō, Shizuoka 413-0232
Tel +81 557-54-1550
Official Homepage Hanafubuki’s HP

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