Shuhokaku Kogetsu

Shuhokaku Kogetsu

What kind of onsen ryokan is Shuhokaku Kogetsu?

Shuhokaku Kogetsu
This is not a luxury onsen ryokan, but truly relaxing.  If you are looking for typical onsen ryokans around the Mt.Fuji area, I would recommend it.  Perhaps, if you are looking for rooms with outdoor private hot springs, you should stay here.  On the other hand, if you are looking for luxury onsen ryokans with views of Mt.Fuji, this is not.  I would rather recommend Ubuya or Bessho SASA Hotel.  Shuhokaku Kogetsu would be great for families with children, groups, or couples, but not solo travelers.  Also, this is child-friendly.  Staff provides amenities, yukatas, futons, and meals for small children at an additional charge if you request in advance.  The ambiance is family-oriented, tranquil, and serene.
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Is the location easy to access?

The location is near Kawaguchiko Station.  Free shuttle service is available from the station between 14:30 and 19:00.  It takes 15min by car.  You need to book it in advance.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with private outdoor hot springs.  We fully enjoyed our private one with a beer in hand while viewing an amazing Mt.Fuji until check-out time.   That’s precious time.  We were overwhelmed by the beauty of Mt.Fuji.  It’s like a postcard.  Each room is facing Mt.Fuji.  Our room tends to be functional, spacious, and Japanese minimalist.  Facilities tend to be outdated, but the housekeeping is excellent.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, a green tea set, and tea bags, etc.  Free WiFi reception was available around the lobby on 1F only when we stayed in 2017.  The room service was not available.  Complimentary beer and wine were available until 19:00.  There is a convenience store nearby.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are wonderful indoor and outdoor communal hot springs with Mt.Fuji views.   They are open from 5:00-9:00, 15:00-24:00.  *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the communal bathing area so you may want to book a room with a private outdoor hot spring instead.  Then Shuhokaku Kogetsu is a universal design.  There are rooms for wheelchair users.  Also, wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you might want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift.
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How about meals?

The kaiseki food experience for dinner was wonderful.  The portion tends to be average.  Dinner is served in your room or a private room.  After dinner, some rice balls for a night snack were offered.  *If you have dinner in the property, you need to check-in by 19:00.  Then 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.   Then buffet-style Japanese cuisine for breakfast was also great.   The buffet is quite extensive.  There was always more than enough food each day.  Then, as far as I know, there is no nice restaurant around here.  Local papa-mama shops are closing early.  You may want to book a room including meals.

My impressions

All staff tends to be very warm, helpful, and proactive.  They tend to be not sophisticated, though.  You can experience signature Japanese hospitality during your stay.   Then the best season to stay here would be in fall or winter if you want to see a stunning Mt.Fuji.  There is a high possibility that you can see the mountain more clearly.  At last, Shuhokaku Kogetsu is very popular all year round.  If you want to chill out here in a tranquil atmosphere, you might want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekends in Nov, and the end of the year and New Year holiday.  The property would be crowded during the above periods more than you expect.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Shuhokaku Kogetsu from the below space.   You need to inform the staff of your expected arrival time in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the property on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Shuhokaku Kogetsu

Style Typical Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
15:00/10:00
Estimated Price 45,300 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-Mail
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Internet Connection Free WiFi is available around the lobby only
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Shuhokaku Kogetsu’s MAP
Access Free shuttle bus from Kawaguchiko Station
between 14:30 and 19:00 
Address and TEL 〒401-0304 Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
2312, Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi
Tel +81 555 76 8888
Official Homepage Shuhokaku Kogetsu’s HP

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