If you are looking for an authentic ryokan adventure with hot springs and traditional large gardens near Mt.Fuji, you should stay at Kagetsu.  Perhaps if you are a connoisseur of Japan, I would recommend it.  On the other hand, if this is your first time staying at ryokans, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Facilities tend to be outdated.  Also, there is no room with western beds in Kagetsu.  Perhaps, if you are looking for rooms with Mt.Fuji views, this is not.  Kagetsu has no view of Mt.Fuji, but it is located a 20min drive away from the Mt.Fuji area.  Once we entered the property, it’s like another world.  We were overwhelmed by the dynamic traditional garden.  There are lots of huge stones, more than 8000 colorful carps in ponds, and 20 waterfalls, etc., What a magical place!  The property would be great for couples, families, or groups, but not solo travelers.  Also, this is child-friendly.  Staff can provide yukatas, meals, and amenities for children if you request in advance.  If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a room on 1F in Nishi-Den or Minami-Den  *West or South wing  *Refer to the above map.  The inside is like a maze.  I think that most of the guests get lost in Kagetsu.  When you move around, carefully check a map.  It seems that all rooms are facing the garden and waterfalls.  Two of them are located near the communal hot springs.   On the other hand, I wouldn’t recommend staying at a room with a private outdoor hot spring.  Because it seems that the filtrate pumps set up outside tend to be noisy at night.  Then if you bring children in the summer season, you might want to stay in a room in Minami-Den. *South wing  Because the location is near the swimming pool.  It would be convenient for children to play in the pool.  It’s open between late July and late Aug.  You need to bring your own swimwear, etc. if you use the swimming pool.  Then indoor and outdoor large communal hot springs are incredible.   All of them are available for  24 hours. *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the communal bathing area.  Then this is not a universal design.  If you bring people with weak feet, I wouldn’t recommend staying at Kagetsu.  There are many steps.  Wheelchairs are not available.  Then Japanese food experience for dinner and breakfast wouldn’t be special.  If you are a gourmet, I wouldn’t recommend having meals on the property.  Dinner is served in your room or a private room in the dining area.  Breakfast is served in the dining area only.  Alternatively, you can go out for dinner as there are some local restaurants around the property, such as Izakaya, Sushi, or ramen, etc.  After dinner, don’t forget to explore the garden illuminated.  You must be so excited to hang out around there.  Then the staff tends to be not so attentive, not helpful, and not proactive.  Their hospitality is more like typical chain Hotels.  It seems that there is a shortage of staff.  They always looked so busy.  Then if you cannot find English speakers at the front desk, you might want to write on paper what you want to say.  They may understand English sentences.  I hope you don’t mind.  Overall, Kagetsu tends to be old-fashioned.  The price range would be reasonable.  If you love Japanese traditional culture, architecture, gardens, and decorations, it’s well worth staying here.  Anyway, Kagetsu tends to be busy on Fridays and Saturdays.  There would be many tourist groups.  Also, access to the property would be easy from Tokyo.  There are some big rooms for banquet in-house.  If you want to relax here in a tranquil atmosphere, you might want to stay between Sunday to Thursday.   Enjoy a unique stone world!  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Kagetsu from the below space.  *All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.   **Free WiFi reception was available in the lobby only.  ***Free shuttle service is available from Isawaonsen Station.  You need to book it in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for Kagetsu on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Kagetsu

Style Traditional Onsen Ryokan
Guest Rating Very good 8.5
Estimated Price 45,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Call at 055-262-4526 from domestic
Call at +81-05-262-4526 from overseas
Internet Connection Free WiFi in the lobby only
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Kagetsu’s MAP
Access Free shuttle bus from Isawaonsen Station
20min walk from the station
Address and TEL 385 Isawacho Kawanakajima Fuefuki
Yamanashi 406-0024
Tel +81 55-262-4526
Official Homepage Kagetsu’s HP

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