What kind of onsen ryokan is Kagetsu?

This is an authentic onsen ryokan with amazing traditional gardens.  If you are looking for an authentic ryokan adventure with hot springs near Mt.Fuji, you should stay here.  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  Facilities tend to be outdated.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.  Perhaps, if you are looking for rooms with Mt.Fuji views, this is not.  Kagetsu is located near Mt.Fuji, but there is no view of Mt.Fuji.  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.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, free shuttle service is available from Isawaonsen Station.  It takes 20min on foot from the station.  You need to book it in advance.  It takes 95min from Shinjuku Station to Isawa Onsen Station.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms on 1F in the West or South wing.  The property is like a maze.  It seems that most of the guests get lost.  When you move around, carefully check a map.  All rooms would be 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 rooms with private outdoor hot springs.  Because it seems that the filtrate pumps set up outside would be noisy at night.  Then if you bring children in the summer season, you might want to stay in rooms of the 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.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

Free WiFi reception was available in the lobby only.  Also, this is child-friendly.  Staff provides yukatas, meals, and amenities for children if you request in advance.
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How about In-house Facilities?

The 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 Kagetsu is not a universal design.  If you bring people with weak feet, I wouldn’t recommend it.  There are many steps.  Wheelchairs are not available.
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How about meals?

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.

My impressions

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.  If you love Japanese 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.  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.  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 service is available from Isawaonsen Station
Address and TEL 385 Isawacho Kawanakajima Fuefuki
Yamanashi 406-0024
Tel +81 55-262-4526
Official Homepage Kagetsu’s HP

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