A member hotel of the Japan Association of secluded Hot Spring Inns, Yumoto Choza in Fukuji Onsen is famous nationwide and very popular.
Yumoto Choza not only has charm and has a great atmosphere; it has 3 hot springs to itself and even shares one with the rest of the onsen in the area. The water is clear and has a slight onsen aroma, and is directly drawn up from the ground unadulterated.
This time I visited in the winter to enjoy the Yukimiburo (bath with snow view) and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Bubbling with charm this really is the epitome of an onsen hotel!
In the middle of the Oku Hida Onsen resort area is the Fukuji Onsen. This area is home to many inns that onsen lovers would love to visit one day.
Amongst those is the ever popular Yumoto Choza. It is very hard to get reservations here.
This time I visited in January to enjoy the snowscape while bathing.
Suffice it to say, winter is white as far as the eye can see. This area usually has a lot of snowfall between December and March so you can enjoy the snowscape while bathing then.
Warm up at the hearth next to the entrance
There is a hearth right next to the entrance here. It is fairly spacious and full of charm. There is a large bearskin rug that reminds you that you are deep in the mountains.
The hearth is fed continuously; the song of the coals popping makes you happy just being here.
Yes the rooms are nice but don’t stay in there all day, take some time and enjoy the hearth.
The giant indoor bath tub
This is the Yumoto Choza giant bath that is frequently covered in magazines.
From the wood built bath you can view nature in its entirety from the large windows. When I say I am staying here the night just so I can bath in this tub I am not exaggerating.
The stump like object in the foreground is where the water flows from continuously, with the closer part of the bath being the hotter part and the farther side being the cooler part.
Both sides receive fresh water but the hotter side is water that is just out of the ground so starting there would be best.
The hot water has a slight onsen aroma to it and it is soft water, with the onsen type being a sodium bicarbonate spring. It basically is a beautifying spring. Also in this water is metasilicic acid at 160mg/kg, which is also said to be good for the skin. (any water containing metasilicic acid more than 100mg/kg is said to be really good at beautifying skin).
It’s basically like bathing in skin toning lotion. I highly recommend this to the ladies out there.
If you look closely in the right side of the image you can see the outdoor bath is connected from here, I was able to bath while watching the snowscape from there.
3 private baths!
There are 3 private baths here that you can reserve at Yumoto Choza.
Each of these private baths has an indoor and outdoor bath! For those visiting with family, spouses, kids, or just friends this is the best option out there!
I enjoyed it with my wife, but this bath is too big for just the 2 of us! At night the bath is lit up as you see here, and you can have a relaxing bath while watching the snow fall.
A luxurious room with a veranda and a hearth!
The room we stayed in was called the Yamazakura no Ma, at Yumoto Choza.
One word? HUGE!!
The main room is 12 tatami mats which is very large. There is a room with a hearth and a long hall as well. Then there is this veranda!
I wanted to sit on this veranda for a while but it is winter, and the cold just wasn’t bearable after a while.
The next time I stay here will be in either spring or fall.
Of course this large room has a toilet and a bath. The bath here isn’t using hot spring water but, with the big bath, outdoor bath, and the 3 private baths, why even bother?
If you want to treat yourself, then stay a night here!
Normally I don’t stay in fancy inns or hotels when onsen hopping. Because I want to go to as many onsen as possible I usually don’t stay the night or if I do it’s the really cheap places. Twice a year when I want to pamper myself and also show appreciation to my wife we stay at nice hotels.
Yumoto Choza is the perfect place to do that.
The atmosphere, the rustic look to it, the quality of the onsen, and the room as well as the food simply all of it was so satisfying. No, everything was absolutely amazing!
Unfortunately due to the restrictions of this site I could only share 5 images. I wanted to share so much more. On the opposite side of the street is Kawara no Yu which has a half outdoor bath. I feel I wasn’t able to really show how amazing this place really is, but I doubt you will find Yumoto Choza lacking in anything.
Most inns have a check in at 3pm and 10 checkout, but here the checkout is at 10:30 with check in at 2pm the day before.
This is one of the most spectacular onsen inns I have seen so far in my travels. I am sure you will find it so as well.
Find true bliss here at Yumoto Choza.
[Name] Yumoto Choza [Address] 504-1434 Fukuji 786, Okuhida Onsenkyo, Takayama City, Gifu [Tel] 0578-89-0099 [Visitor bath hours] N/A normally but for Fukuji Onsen guests there is, but check with the inn.
*About the onsen, (4 direct springs mixed) [Onsen type] sodium bicarbonate [Water use] straight from spring (no added water depending on season, no added heat somtiems, and no antibiotics added.) [pH] 6.6 (neutral) [Temp] 57.0℃
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