What kind of onsen ryokan is Suihoen?

This is a luxury authentic onsen ryokan.  The property is amazing, such as interior, decorations, service, staff, and food, etc.  If you are looking for gourmet ryokans in Gero Onsen, you should stay here.  Kaiseki’s food experience is a fantastic, and beautiful presentation.  If you love beef, I would recommend having dinner or lunch at the restaurant on-site called Steak Kangetsu. This is a Japanese-Italian food fusion restaurant.  Then, if you are looking for rooms with outdoor private hot springs in Gero Onsen, you should stay here.  The spring quality is wonderful, creamy, and moist.  Once we arrived at the property, we were so relaxed in the lobby while having Japanese sweets with green tea and viewing a well-kept traditional garden. We could appreciate the old-world beauty of the garden.  The property would be great for couples, families, small groups, or solo travelers.  If you bring small children, you can book rooms in the main building only.  Rooms in the annex have a minimum age requirement of 12 applies.  There are 17 rooms only.  The property completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, it is easy from Gero station.  A free shuttle service is available.  You need to book it in advance.  It takes just 5min by car.  The location would be perfect, near Gero Onsen Gassho-mura.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with views of Gero Fuji.  You can chill out in the room while viewing peaceful mountains with a beer in hand.  If you are a hot spring freak, you should stay in rooms with private hot springs.  Then, if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you should book a room with twin beds on tatami mats.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, coffee bags, sweets, a complimentary mini-bar including beer and green tea bags, etc.  Also, there are some colorful yukatas for women that you can choose from.  Room service is available.  Complimentary beer, fresh juice, and tea, etc., are available at the lobby before dinner.  There is no vending machine for drinks.  The Free Wi-Fi reception was good on the property when we stayed in 2018.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.  Please note that food and drink from outside are prohibited.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are amazing indoor and outdoor communal hot springs.  You can relax in the baths while seeing beautiful country views.  All of them are open from 6:00-10:00, 14:00-24:00.  Also, there are two private family hot springs.  You can use one of them in the annex for free whenever it’s not occupied.  If you want to use the other in the main building, you need to book in advance.  It costs JPY2,000 for 40min.  If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the communal bathing area.  You may want to use the private family baths instead.  Then Suihoen is a universal design.  There is room for wheelchair users.  Wheelchairs are 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 lift.
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How about meals?

The Japanese kaiseki cuisine is excellent.  If you stay in the main building, all meals are served in your room.  If you stay in the annex, all meals are served in a private room in a dining area.  If you have dinner on the property, you need to check in by 19:00.  *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.  If you prefer Japanese-Italian fusion at the restaurant, you need to inform the staff in advance.  Alternatively, you can go out for dinner, but you may need to take a taxi.  There are some local restaurants around Gero Station.  If this is your first visit here, you may want to ask the staff about restaurants.
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My impressions

All staff is absolutely elegant, professional, and sophisticated.  If you expect 5-star hotel service, it’s well worth it.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Suihoen from the below space.  *CASH only was available when we stayed in 2018.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on

Info about Suihoen

Style Traditional Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 45,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Call at 0576-25-2288 from domestic
Call at +81 576-25-2288 from overseas
Internet Connection Free WiFi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Suihoen’s MAP
Access 15min walking from Gero Station
Free shuttle service is available
Address and TEL 2519-1 Mori, Gero, Gifu 509-2202
Tel +81 576-25-3181
Official Homepage Suihoen’s HP

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