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Reviewed April 1, 2016

The aim was to find a luxurious onsen to enjoy as a couple and this meant it had to be private. After seeing some pictures online we knew Fujiya was the right choice. Designed by Kenjo Kuma of LV fame, the architecture was contemporary Japanese whilst respecting the 350 year old traditional house it has been built around. Wood and washi are found throughout the hotel which has several private hot tubs for you to enjoy (we tried all of them!). As part of the package the Inn also prepared a traditional omakase meal and shabu shabu on the second night, both which were excellent. Guest kimonos and wooden thongs made for an exceptional couples retreat.

Room Tip: We base this review on our experience of the A300 room
  • Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank insearchofcool
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

I was here back in September and meant to write about it then but forgot. I came here mainly for the architecture, by Kengo Kuma, one of the great designers in the world today, and found a wonderful building staffed by wonderful caring people. The exterior of the building has a simple elegance, but the real treat is inside: it's one of the most beautiful domestic interiors I've ever seen, the 1.3 million bamboo slats filter the light beautifully, as does the green handmade glass in the front wall, so the lobby glows with a gorgeous light. The rooms are simple and elegant, beautifully designed, the floating staircases -- a Kuma signature -- lovely and sculptural, and the handmade paper on the walls and polished wood on the floors create a warm and inviting feeling. The food was excellent, both breakfast and dinner, and the service by the hotel staff always friendly and expert. The five baths are the most beautiful onsen baths I've seen, I tried them all and was reluctant to leave them. The town itself is quite pretty, almost Swiss in appearance, and the hills above the town, with an old silver mine you can explore, make for an inviting walk. You can also use the town bath, also designed by Kuma, and rather famous for its minimalist architecture. There isn't a lot to do here, apart from take this walk and take the baths, but as a retreat from the world it is hard to beat. I loved Kuma's building, especially that gorgeous lobby, the simple rooms, the beautiful baths. I can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: I stayed in the smallest, cheapest, room, which did not have its own bath, but was on the front on the third floor and perfectly adequate for me. Futon on the floor, instead of a platform bed like some of the larger rooms, but for one person, or even two, it was more than fine.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank Tribecan
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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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Thank sushirama23
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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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6  Thank 10179k79
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