Yufuin Hoteiya

What kind of onsen ryokan is Yufuin Hoteiya?

This is like a traditional small village.  If you are looking for traditional mountain huts in Yufuin, you should stay here.  There are 13 rooms only.  The stately interior, decorations, and architecture create a traditional impression.  Perhaps, if you are looking for rooms with private hot springs, I would recommend it.  There are some wonderful rooms with private hot springs.  Once we entered the property, we felt that we were being pulled into old-Japan.  We were so excited to explore around here.  The ambiance was truly amazing, charming, and quaint.  Yufuin Hoteiya would be great for family, couples, groups, and solo travelers.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, access to the property is a 20min-walk from Yufuin Station.  A free shuttle service is available from the station.  You need to book it in advance.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a room with an outdoor private hot spring called Yufu.  The view of Mt.Yufu is amazing in good weather.  The spring quality is perfect, like skin lotion.  The water temperature was lukewarm.  We fully enjoyed our private one until check-out time while viewing Mt.Yufu.  The room is Japanese minimalistic, but truly relaxing.  On the other hand, rooms without private onsen wouldn’t be special.  I wouldn’t recommend them.  Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, I wouldn’t recommend Yufuin Hoteiya.  It seems that there is no nice room with western beds.  Overall, the property tends to be darker including rooms.  Facilities tend to be a bit worn out.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, drip coffee bags, tea bags, and a Japanese tea set.  Room service is available.  There is a convenience store nearby.  Complimentary sweet potato shochu, coffee, milk, wheat tea, boiled eggs, steam potatoes, rice cake, and popcorn, etc., are available on the property.  Also, this is child-friendly.  Staff can provide yukatas, meals, and tableware for small children.  Then Free Wifi reception was good around the lobby only.  When we stayed here in 2018, we couldn’t connect to the internet in our room.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are wonderful indoor and outdoor communal hot springs in-house.  They are open for 24H.  Also, there are two outdoor private family hot springs that you can use for free.  You need to book them when you check-in.  You can fully enjoy the outdoor baths while viewing a peaceful Mt.Yufu.  That’s precious time.  Two of them are open from 6:00-9:00, 15:00-23:00.  *If you have tattoos and want to use the communal hot springs, use reserved private family ones or book a room with a private one instead.  Then Yufuin Hoteiya is not a universal design.  There are some steps.  There is no lift.  A wheelchair is available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to book a room with a private hot spring as you wouldn’t need to move around once you enter your room.
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How about meals?

The Kyoto-style kaiseki food experience was good, but wouldn’t be special.  If you are a gourmet, you may want to go out for dinner as there are some nice restaurants in Yufuin.  All meals are served in a private room.  *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.  After dinner, we enjoyed complimentary Japanese sake, and the children were excited to make rice cake and popcorn on the irori fireplace.

My impressions

The most important I would like to highlight is the staff here is really helpful, warm, and attentive.  You can experience signature Japanese hospitality with a personal touch.  Also, they arranged to send our luggage to Yufuin Station after we checked out, so we could move around more freely.  That’s a great service.  Overall the price range would be reasonable.  We did appreciate their excellent hospitality.  If you want to get much of an immersive “Japanese countryside” experience, it’s well worth staying at Yufuin Hoteiya.   At last, the property is one of very popular in Yufuin.  If you want to chill out at the property in a tranquil atmosphere, you may want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekend in Oct and Nov, and the end of the year and  New Year holiday.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Yufuin Hoteiya 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 Agoda or Booking.com

Info about Yufuin Hoteiya

Style Mountain hut style Ryokan
Guest Rating Superb 9.1
Estimated Price 60,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact +81 977-84-2900 from overseas
0977-84-2900 from domestic
Internet Connection Free WiFi around the lobby only
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Yufuin Hoteiya’s MAP
Access Free shuttle service from Yufuin Station
Address and TEL
 
Tel +81 977-84-2900
Official Homepage Yufuin Hoteiya’s HP

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