Fukinosato

What kind of onsen ryokan is Fukinosato?

This is a luxury Japanese-style mountain hut.  If you are a connoisseur of Japan, I would recommend it.  Fukinosato is like a hideaway for adults in rich nature.  The property emphasizes private experiences for each guest.  There are 5 rooms only.  Each room has a wonderful indoor private hot spring.  We didn’t see other guests during our stay.  The property would be great for couples, families, small groups, or solo travelers.  The ambiance is serene, tranquil, and relaxed.  It’s like you’re in another world.  We were so welcomed warmly and escorted to a rustic modern room.  We fully enjoyed being completely lazy while soaking in our private hot spring until check-out time.
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Is the location easy to access?

The location is away from the center of Yufuin town.  Access to the property would be easy, though.  Staff can arrange a taxi from Yufuin Station in advance and you don’t need to pay a taxi fare.  It takes 15min by car from the station.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, samue outfits, and green tea bags, etc.  There are POLA amenities in the bathroom.  There is no skincare product.  Room service is not available.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.  The housekeeping was excellent.  If you spend a lot of time in your room, you may need some snacks, sweets, and drinks, especially during the winter season.  If it’s snow heavily, you wouldn’t be able to go out anywhere.  Then free WiFi reception was not available when we stayed in 2018, but now it seems that you can connect to the internet in rooms in 2019.  Also, this is child-friendly.  Staff can provide meals, tableware, and samue outfits for children if you request in advance.

How about In-house Facilities?

Facilities tend to be the latest.  Floor heating was installed in each room.   Also, there are amazing outdoor large communal hot springs.  You can relax in the baths while viewing a peaceful forest.  Once you try them, you may become a hot spring freak.  The spring quality is moist, smooth, and soft.  All of them are open for 24H.  Then Fukinosato is not a universal design.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to request a room on 1F near the front desk.  Wheelchairs are not available.  There are some steps and there is no lift, but once you enter your room, you wouldn’t need to move around as there is your private hot spring.
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How about meals?

The kaiseki food experience was just divine, especially Sukiyaki.  The local ingredients were high-end including beef, fish, and vegetables, etc.  All meals are served in a dining room.  The tables in the dining room are separated by dividers that provide a decent level of privacy.  *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, as far as I know, there is no restaurant around here.  The location is out of the way.  You may want to book a room including meals.
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My impressions

All staff is excellent, courteous, and proactive.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality with a personal touch, you should stay here.  Overall, for this price, the performance of the service, food, and facilities was above our expectations.  If relaxation is your main purpose, the property would be absolutely perfect.  Anyway, the best season to stay here would be in the fall or the spring season.   You can view breathtaking landscapes while taking a walk around the property.  Then if you drive a car, check a map carefully.  There is no signboard around the property so it wouldn’t be easy to find the entrance.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Fukinosato from the below space.  *If you check-in after 18:00, you need to inform the staff in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for Fukinosato on Booking.com or  Agoda

Info about Fukinosato

Style Japanese-style Mountain hut
Check-in and out times
15:00/10:00
Estimated Price 56,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Call at +81 977-44-5282 from overseas
Call at 0977-44-5282 domestic Japan
Internet Connection Probably Free WiFi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Fukinosato’s MAP
Access 15min by TAXI from Yufuin Station
Address and TEL 1200-149 Yufuincho Kawanishi, Yufu, Ōita 879-5113
Tel +81 977-44-5282
Official Homepage Fukinosato’s HP  *Japanese Only

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