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I’ll start with “Goyokan”, one of the most unique ryokans among traditional ryokan inns in Shuzenji Onsen spa resort. Established in 1926, it used to be a B&B style accommodation available with very reasonable rates, but recently, since Sep, 2011, it has been renovated and reborn as a ryokan style that also serves dinner and breakfast. 8 rooms in all, or maybe I should say 8 varieties because each room has characteristic features according to its master’s taste. Not alike other ryokans, nakai-san ( serving ladies ) won’t come into your room for preparing dinner or beds. Just relax yourself alone in your room.＾＾
Now, let me introduce some rooms of Goyokan. Though “Ryokan” may make you imagine typical “Japanese style”, these rooms will blow off your fixed idea. “Stylish” I would say. They may look Edo style at a glance but in fact, they are designed in reference to Feng Shui, the Chinese fortune. Each room has a theme color, like this room, for example, “White room – Taketora ( bamboo and tiger ) ” is set out basically with white things such as wallpapers. The pictures of bamboo grass and others are all hand-written. You can find varieties of drawings in Goyokan. Keep your eyes onto everywhere !
Now, what do you think ? All rooms look so fresh and creative, don’t they ? Most of the rooms are suited along Katsura River that flows in the center of Shuzenji town and I felt very refreshed by sitting on a couch by the window and listening to the stream. As you can see in the picture, Futon ( Japanese-style bed ) is ready right before you check-in so that you can lie about anytime.
Onsen comes next. It may be good enough for you to enjoy it in the large common bathroom but here I would strongly recommend you to book the private onsen room ! It also stands by the river. Pleasant with sounds of the stream. However, here is a surprise. The bathroom is equipped with a speaker with i-pod connection on it, and you can listen to your favorite music even during bathing. Be sure not to stay in it until you get dizzy. The large common baths below, by the way, can be reserved for the private until 18:00. It’s too luxurious to use them just for yourself, don’t you think ?＾＾
Basically, there are three types available for the accommodation plans of Goyokan. That is, with dinner and breakfast, with breakfast, or without any of them. Dinner is the alternative of Japanese or Western-style. Especially, their Italian dishes are wonderful ! Also try their rice porridge cooked with onsen ! And you know what ? Goyokan is a family-run and that enables them to offer services with family-like warmth, like you may hear “I’m home” or “welcome back” as families often do. Goyokan is definitely a traditional and high class looking ryokan that everybody loves.
Access ： JR Mishima Sta. → Izu-hakone Railway（ 30 min ）Shuzenji Sta. → 10 minutes by bus from #１ bus stop to “Shuzenji Onsen” and 1 minute walk
Reference Rate ：
￥10,650〜／adult, one night without dinner & breakfast
￥11,910〜／adult, one night with breakfast
￥15,690〜／adult, one night with dinner & breakfast
Inquiries ： By phone, e-mail, or through website ( acceptable in English )