Ito Ryokuyu

Ito Ryokuyu

What kind of onsen ryokan is Ito Ryokuyu?

This is like a Japanese-style holiday villa with hot springs.  If you are looking for small onsen ryokans with private hot springs, I would recommend it.  There are 7 rooms only.  Each room has a private outdoor hot spring.  The ryokan completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest.  We didn’t see other guests even though the property was fully booked.  The ambiance is cozy, relaxed, and tranquil.  The property would be great for family, small groups, couples, or solo travelers.  *A minimum age requirement of 6 applies.  Then once you enter the property, you wouldn’t need to go out until check-out time.  We fully enjoyed our outdoor private one under a starry sky.
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Is the location easy to access?

It would be easy.  Free shuttle service is available from Ito Station between 14:00 and 18:00.  It takes around 10min by car.  You need to book it in advance.

How about rooms?

Each room has an outdoor private onsen.  That’s great.   The 100% pure spring quality is soft, moist, and smooth.  On top of that, you can drink hot spring water at the appointed place in-house.  It would be rare.  Then the décor is Japanese minimalistic.  The room is spacious, clean, and comfortable.  Facilities tend to be the latest.  Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you should find others.  There is no room with western beds on tatami mats.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

all of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, bathrobes, samue outfits, a green tea set, an illy coffee machine with capsules, a complimentary minibar including beer, etc.  There are some colorful yukatas for women in the lobby which you can choose when you check-in.  There are KOSE skincare products in the bathroom.  Also, this is child-friendly.  Staff can provide amenities, samue outfits, futon mattresses, books, and toys, etc. if you request.  Then room service is not available.  There is a convenience store nearby.  Free Wifi reception was good in the property.  You can get a password to connect to the internet when you check-in.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are large indoor and outdoor communal hot springs in the main building, Ito Kowakien.  They are open from 14:00-10:00 the following morning.  *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the communal bathing area.  Then there is a swimming pool on-site.  It’s open in the summer season only.  Then Ito Ryokuyu is almost universal design.  A wheelchair is available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lobby.
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How about meals?

The local cuisine experience for dinner and breakfast was wonderful.  The ingredients were high-end including abalones, crabs, sashimi, and lobsters, etc.  The portion tends to be big.  Don’t forget to bring your empty stomach.  On top of that, after dinner, some rice balls were served in our room for a night snack.  All meals for dinner and breakfast are served in your room.  *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 dinner as there are some local restaurants around here.  You may want to book a table in advance as local papa-mama shops are closing early.

My impressions

All staff is very warm, proactive, and welcoming.  They are the loveliest group.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality with a personal touch, you should stay here.  Then the best season to stay here would be except the summer season.  There might be many bugs around outdoor hot springs in summer.  Then don’t forget to check a weather forecast before booking a room as there is no shelter above outdoor hot springs.  If it’s rainy, you may need to use an umbrella while soaking in the bath.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Ito Ryokuyu from the below space.  *If you check-in after 17:00, you need to inform the staff in advance. **Due to the coronavirus, the property is temporarily closed until the 31st of May, 2020.  Check Availability and Pricing for the property on Agoda or Booking.com

Info about Ito Ryokuyu

Style Japanese-style Villa
Check-in and out times
15:00/11:00
Estimated Price 52,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact info@ito-kowakien.com 
Internet Connection Free WiFi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available 
Location Ito Ryokuyu’s MAP
Access Free shuttle bus from Ito Station
Address and TEL 2-2-5, Hirono, Ito-shi, Shizuoka,
414-0038  Tel +81 557-37-4131
Official Homepage Ito Ryokuyu’s HP

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