Where To Stay: Kozantei Ubuya Near Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji is the symbol of Japan, so when we visited Japan I really wanted to stay in a traditional hot spring (onsen) hotel (ryokan) with a view of Mt. Fuji. Most of the hotels near Mt. Fuji offer some sort of “bath” but our stay at Kozantei Ubuya was absolutely the best experience I’ve ever had at a hotel.

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Kozantei Ubuya is a luxury hotel located in a region called Fujikawaguchiko, a resort town in the northern foothills of Mt. Fuji. It’s under 2 hours on an express bus from central Tokyo. Once you arrive at the Kawaguchiko Station, the hotel will send a mini bus to pick you up.

There are 7 different types of rooms, ranging from standard rooms without private bath to luxury suites with open air private bath. You can also choose to include dinner & breakfast with your day. We ended up staying in the Deluxe Room with Private Bath (90sqm).

Checking In

Upon arrival to the hotel, we were greeted by hostess in traditional Japanese kimono and escorted to our room. Once she showed us the room, she brewed Japanese green tea and fed us home made dessert (yummy!). I was quite impressed already by the service so far.

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Hotel Lobby

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Green Tea & Dessert

The Stay

The only word I can use to describe our room is “Amazing”. The room consisted of a large living room area with TV, a huge bedroom, an enormous bathroom, a balcony, an open air bath, and most importantly, a view of Mt. Fuji.

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Even though the private hot spring was open air, we had complete privacy from our neighbors. In a traditional Japanese hot spring, you are supposed to be completely naked, but since we had a private bath, we could do whatever we wanted. Also, did I mention that at night you can set the private bath with different colored lights?

All the rooms in the hotel has free wifi and a flat screen TV, safe box, air condition, heater, free toiletries, divided toilet and bath area, hair dryer, and a mini fridge.

Since it’s a traditional Japanese ryokan, all the rooms also come with Japanese style robes and slippers that you are supposed to wear around the hotel.

Dining

Our room and the private bath had already blew my mind, but the most amazing part of our stay was the food. We selected to have both dinner and breakfast at the hotel and the food was nothing short of amazing!

Before dinner was officially served, guests are invited to have afternoon tea hours. Different types of juices, tea, and coffee were laid out in the common area.

There is a large public dining area reserved for the guests for breakfast and dinner. But since we stayed at a deluxe room with private bath, we had a private dining room reserved for us.

Dinner was a set course menu with so many courses that I lost count. All the ingredients are fresh and seasonal and beautifully displayed. Since the food is traditional Japanese cuisine, the flavor may be different from what westerners are used to, such as teriyaki sauce.

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Our dinner courses

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Happily eating my dinner

The breakfast next day had two options for guests to choose from: traditional Japanese breakfast or continental breakfast. Since I’m a big fan of Japanese food, we decided on the traditional Japanese breakfast. The food was another few courses of deliciousness, and I loved how everything was laid out for us!

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Facilities

Even though I wanted to spend as much time as possible in my room, I ended up exploring the hotel a bit.

Public Bath

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There are both indoor public bath and outdoor. It’s mostly for guests without private bath in their room, but everyone’s welcomed to use it. Note that you will need to wash yourself before entering the public bath.

Spa & Massage Chairs

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The hotel offers many spa services, such as reflexology, massage, facial treatment, full body oil treatment, etc.

Ice Cream Vending Machine

Like all Japanese places, you will never go anywhere without seeing a vending machine for drinks. I was surprised to find that there was a vending machine for Haagen-Dazs ice cream! I think that was the cherry on top of everything else since I’m obsessed with matcha (green tea) ice cream.

I really loved my stay at the Kozantei Ubuya! If you are looking to visit Mt. Fuji and the surrounding areas, definitely check out this hotel. I hope to return someday myself.

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