Ufufu

Ufufu

What kind of boutique onsen ryokan is Ufufu?

This is a luxury modern ryokan in Izu.  If you are looking for rooms with outdoor private hot springs, I would recommend it.  Each room has a wonderful outdoor private hot spring.  This is like a hideaway for adults.  The property completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest.  There are 7 rooms only.  Perhaps, if you are a foodie, you should stay here.  This is one of the best gourmet ryokans in Izu.  On the other hand, if you are looking for authentic ryokans, this wouldn’t be.  Ufufu would be great for couples, small groups, or solo travelers.  *A minimum age requirement of 12 applies.  Overall, the property is amazingly sophisticated.
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Is the location easy to access?

It would be easy from Shuzenji Station.  Free shuttle service from the station is available at 14:30, 15:30, or 16:30.  You need to book it in advance.  Alternatively, you can take a TOKAI Bus at the number 5 bus stop in front of Shuzenji Station.  Then get off at Tsukigase Hot Spring Bus Stop and just a 3min walk to the property.  If this is your first visit to Shuzenji Onsen, you may be worried about where you should get off.  You may want to show the below Japanese sentence to a bus driver when you get on a bus.

月ヶ瀬温泉バス停に着いたら、教えてください。
Please let me know when you reach “Tsukigase Hot Spring Bus Stop”

Where is the best accommodation for anniversary?

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.

How about rooms?

Everything, such as furniture, interior, decoration, etc., is impeccable.  Once we arrived at the property, the staff immediately escorted us to a beautiful stylish room.  If you are going to stay here, you should check in earlier and relax in a room.  We fully enjoyed our private hot spring while viewing a small bamboo forest.  That’s precious time.  The spring quality wouldn’t be special, though.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

The free Wifi reception was great.  The room is modern, user-friendly, and functional.  A DVD player, an audio amplifier for Bluetooth, a BOSE speaker, a humidifier, floor heating, and a towel warmer were placed in our room.  All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, pajamas, bathrobes, samue outfits, a coffee machine with many capsules, water bottles, a complimentary minibar including beer, Japanese sake, champagne, and green tea bags, etc.  Also complimentary coffee and tea are available in the lobby.  Room service is not available.  There are HABA skincare products in the bathroom.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.

How about In-house Facilities?

Ufufu is a universal design.  Wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance they can arrange a room near the reception.  Then there is no communal hot spring, no lounge, and no library, etc., in-house.  That’s too bad.  Facilities tend to be the latest, though.
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How about meals?

The kaiseki food experience was just divine.  The food is also sophisticated.  It’s equivalent to Micheline 1 or 2 stars.  They use seasonal ingredients just right for that season.  We were overwhelmed by each dish.  All meals are served in a beautiful dining 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 Shuzenji Station.  You may need to take a taxi.

My impressions

All staff is professional, proactive, and attentive.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality with a personal touch, you should stay here.  Overall, the price range would be reasonable.  If your main purpose is relaxation, it’s well worth staying at Ufufu.  We definitely come back again next year. Welcome to receive any questions about Ufufu from the below space.  *If you check-in after 19:00, you need to inform the staff in advance.  ***Due to the coronavirus, the property is temporarily closed until the 6th of May, 2020The temporary closure has been extended until the 20th of May.  Check Availability and Pricing for the property on Agoda or Booking.com

Info about Ufufu

Style Modern Japanese Ryokan
Check-in and out times
15:00/11:00
Estimated Price 76,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact contact@ufufu.co.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Ufufu’s MAP
Access 20min by TAXI from Shuzenji Station
Free shuttle service at 14:30, 15:30, or 16:30
Address and TEL 499-1 Tsukigase, Izu city, Shizuoka, 410-3215
Tel +81 558-85-0230
Official Homepage Ufufu’s HP  *Japanese only

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