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Izu Hokkawa Onsen Bousui
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Reviewed 6 May 2017

Okay, I have resisted reviewing this place because I wanted to keep it a secret, just for me, so it would not sell out when I want to go back..My family of 3 stayed here with 2 friends visiting from Europe for 2 nights; we had a large suite and a junior suite so we could all eat together. The views from the lobby and the rooms are magical. The sounds and scents of the ocean and tatami created a serene atmosphere that could be reproduced only in a few places. The food was outstanding, some of the best I've had in Japan. (we did the seafood not the beef). Breakfast was traditional Japanese too, which was...interesting... but still delicious...(full disclosure we are 2 Chinese and 1 German and 1 Swiss and 1 American) The Chinese did better with the breakfast than the non-asians, not due to lack of deliciosity, but rather ingrained, hard to break, habits of childhood... i.e. a whole crab for breakfast, when one grew up eating Cheerios. They do offer a western option for those who are less adventurous eaters in the morning.

It rained during most of our Fuji / Izu trip, yet the hotel was still lovely, the staff was charming, the private onsen were wonderful and a different experience each night. The rotenburo down the street by the ocean is a must do experience. I want to go back here but it is already often times sold out - so the secret is already out.

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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I stayed a night here, I enjoyed the cuisine, though there were unforgivable faults which would deter me from ever staying again.

First, upon checking in the man who carried my bags noted the bottles of wine in one and said there would be 2,000¥/bottle corking fees for drinking wine in my room... In my room. In my 70,000¥ a night room, I can do as I please. if i had brought horse urine it would be without charge or incident since, it was my room for the night. I've never been told such a stupid thing at a ryokan of this caliber before, and I've been fortunate to stay at many throughout Japan. Second, what was this person doing going through my things after offering me assistance upon checkin? Third, when I travel in style, I travel in style. That means good wines, good champagnes, or other good spirits that would be difficult if not impossible to order within a Japanese Ryokan. What I drink in my room is entirely upto me. My girlfriend explained that the wine was for a different occasion (this was untrue), yet she was entirely hesitant to enjoy herself before/during/after dinner (which was excellent though it is to be expected at a ryokan of this level). We argued over my being able to enjoy a glass of wine, in my 70,000¥ room (which did have a good view), it ruined the experience for us.

Not getting over the incredibly rude and uncalled for service upon checkin, this individual should be fired.

That and the four private onsens, which could only be reserved one at a time were entirely taken the night/morning we stayed. We were only able to see one of them, the public baths on the first floor were totally unremarkable for a ryokan at this price point.

No thanks, not again !

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

This is located at the seaside hotel with sea view in every room. They served breakfast & dinner in your room. The food was delicious and beautiful. Thanks to Junna- chan for taking care of us for the two night stay. They have 2 public onsen, 1 for women & 1 for men. It will switches around so we can try both onsen. They have 4 different private onsen with views.
They also provide pick up & drop off at the train station but need reservation. They are very warm welcome, always there when you need help them. This is really memorable & excellent of service, food onsen hotel. We are planning to visit again end of this year.

Stayed: January 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

I was really happy to be here. I felt in love with it since the first time I seen its picture on trip advisor. Anyhow my over all stay was very good, but could have been better.
Room was good, decent size with very good view. It's always good looking out of the window and face the ocean.
Food was very good, would give 5 stars for it. Good taste and variety.
Service was good, but there hardly anyone in the hotel who could speak English so it was quite a struggle. So make sure you find someone who could communicate with you and get all the information that you need . Otherwise you would miss out on some of the service from the hotel.
Public bath could have been better especially with the location of the hotel, they could have done something spectacular to it. The private onsen was very very good, many type to choose.
The hotel is somewhat away from other civilization, there is an old convenient store 5mins walk away and there is no vending machine in the hotel. Hence do make sure you grab things that you need before your stay.
I would give 4.5 stars due to minor things that could have been done better. Also rice is very steep, I would say 20% more expensive than other top ryokan that I stayed. Would i come back, if its doesn't take 3 hours on the road then yes I would come back.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a genuine ryoKan experience so we booked this spot about 1.5 hr train south of Tokyo on he Izu peninsula. . After a train ride from Tokyo we were met by he hotels shuttle and 10 minutes later to the site. The view is spectacular overlooking the sea and the facility is stark is a Japanese way but lovely at the same time. We in were even upgraded to a 5 room suite with its own small spa for the visit, Basically you go to spas and eat.
We had dinner and breakfast as part of a package (as well as 2 private usages of spas on the 4th floor and unlimited usage of the public spas on the 1st floor). The highlight though was the food which was plentiful and exceptional - both the taste and the service / presentation. Honestly as westerners I am not sure of many of the things that we ate - including fried oysters that we're live when put on a small grill In their shells!! - but the presentation was artistic and the taste was awesome. 7 courses and about 30 items- cooked and raw- later we were quite happy. Then you get to sleep on a futon. :). In the morning after another hour at the spa we had a breakfast with another 15 items. Well add a few pictures but really this is an experience that everyone should try at least once. The staff is very friendly and while most don't speak English they were accommodating. Highly recommended.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1126-6 Naramoto, Higashiizu-cho, Kamo-gun 413-0302, Shizuoka Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Shizuoka Prefecture > Kamo-gun > Higashiizu-cho > Hokkawa Onsen
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Higashiizu-cho
#1 Spa Hotel in Higashiizu-cho
Price Range: AU$466 - AU$1,254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Izu Hokkawa Onsen Bousui 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
【About Bousui】Bousui is a brand of "Making memories." We promise that you can make a special memory during staying at Bousui. Every room is oceanfront, so you can enjoy seeing the beautiful blue sea anytime as you like. 【Private Outdoor Bath】We offer Japanese Private Outdoor Bath if you make a reservation. You can select from 4 kinds of Japanese Private Outdoor Baths. 【Spa】 Our "HEAVENLY SPA GECCA" won JAPANESE BEST SPA 2013 and 2014. 【Surroundings】We have the Oceanfront Public Outdoor Bath which is called "KURONEIWABURO" This is an outside public bath at the water's edge. It is very close to the ocean, and this KURONEIWABURO is very famous and is a popular place for tourists and local people. ... more   less 
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