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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We live in Tokyo and went there for a 1-day trip from Tokyo by train (Yamagata shinkansen, 3.5 hours) and the view from the train was incredible (snow-covered fields and mountains). The hotel has a free shuttle service from the closest train station.

The "village" is small but really beautiful, especially under the snow.
The architecture by Kengo Kuma is worth the trip by itself.
Food was great (very traditional kaiseki-style dinner and Japanese breakfast).

Not much to see but the place is absolutely perfect for relaxing, reading, enjoying the baths and dining.

There are 5 different private baths in the hotel, which is perfect for enjoying bath with travelling companion only (usually not the case in normal baths). One of the bath is semi-outdoor, which is a great experience when the place is surrounded by snow !

Perfect for travellers who like ryokan-style hotel (baths) and traditional food, as well as contemporary architecture.

A romantic and outstanding gateaway !

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Celine M
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

When I first encountered the image of this ryokan on the architect's website, I was a little concerned that this modern hotel was sticking out like a sore thumb among the rest of ryokan from 1920-30's with the traditional design; however, in reality, it blended in beautifully and it simply appeared clean and refreshing.

Like many, this ryokan did not disappoint me at all from the aesthetic point of view. The lobby is stunning! I very much enjoyed my arrival experience, and even my parents who don't pay much attention to architecture were wow-ing to simple yet warm interiors. However, the modern and clean design created many obstacles especially to my parents who are in early 70's to fully enjoy this ryokan. There is hardly any signs here, no room numbers or bath names. Your room door blends in with the adjacent wall and there is no knob on the door. It took them sometime to find the right door to knock whenever they left for a bath. Each bath was also not senior friendly. Most of them were quite dark (I loved it, though!) and there was hardly any place to hold onto. The temperature control for the water wasn't easy to use either and the water here is quite hot!

If you are traveling with someone who has problems with vision and mobility and if he/she lacks patience, you might want to consider above points before making a reservation here. On the contrary to some of the previous comments, we thought the service was excellent!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed January 9, 2010

First-rate architectural design and very relaxing secluded atmosphere. Staff is friendly but somehow there does not seem to be a true okami holding the place together. Food was sometimes good and sometimes not so good, including abalone and meat so though it was not edible. Very overpriced for what was offered. The town's attractions can be seen in less than one hour, so staying for more than one night is probably not a good idea.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank 10179k79
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Reviewed September 9, 2009

We stayed at Fujiya in Ginzan for two nights and the following are my comments:

The okami (Manager) of this ryokan was a US lady from California, but when we arrived the staff stated she was on travel to California, but after talking to many people we have discovered she as left Japan and will not return to Fujiya, not sure if she divorced her husband (Owner of Ryokan). We were greeted by the owner’s sister (Kyoko) which is not a very sweet lady. I heard her speak English to some other customers, but never said anything to us (I am US citizen and my wife is Japanese), not a big problem, but when I tried to connect to the Internet via my laptop, she tried to explain to my wife how to connect, but she did not know the correct information (SSID & Passphrase), she insisted that the information was correct. After several hours, I still could not connect to the internet. I would assume that they could have this on a piece of paper and hand to customers when they check-in. I finally gave up on tried to connect to the Internet, even thought it was important to my work. Another time, when we returned from form a hike and wanted to use the onsen and Kyoko stated they are not available, because they were being cleaned and she would call us when they are available. After waiting one hour for the phone call, I decided I would go down stair and check on the status, and the other staff stated the onsens were available. We also had problems making the reservation via the internet, which should not be the case for a place that charges such a high price.

The architecture of the ryokan was beautiful, really the main reason we decided to stay at this place. We stayed in room 300, which was spacious and gorgeous. The water pressure in the room was very low, my wife wanted to take a bath (Did not want to go to the onsens on the first floor) and it took about 25 minutes to fill the tube. With this architecture there is a very high maintenance to keep the original look, and I noticed several places where things were breaking/wearing.

The food was good, no problems with the breakfast or dinners. This was the first time in Japan I seen Avocado used in a salad, and there was some other dish that I noticed the western influence, probably from the previous Okami (Jennie).

We spent two nights at Fujiya, but after seeing the town of Ginzan and taking the hiking trails to the waterfall & the old silver mine, which took a total of about two hours, I would recommend only one night stay.

The price of Fujiya is very expensive, and for the service we received I would not recommend this place. It is worth a look inside if you are staying in Ginzan

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank JPLATLO
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Stayed: June 2018, travelled with family
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