West Inn Fujiyoshida (Fujiyoshida-Shi, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan)
By pure sheer newbie luck, I lucked out on landing in a fantastic Western-style hotel in Japan (although, to be quite honest, I think it’s kind of a hybrid hotel as it had the Japanese style bedrooms and collective bathrooms). During my stay in Fujiyoshida-Shi (City of Fujiyoshida in the Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan) I stayed at the West Inn Fujiyoshida Hotel. And I can’t recommend it enough.
I found the West Inn Fujiyoshida one of the most welcoming hotels I’ve been to. While quaint and not incredibly big, it was a little bit larger than the Comfort Inn Santa Fe, another hotel in Mexico City where I stayed that has very small rooms. But it had everything I needed, TV included (even though I would not watch it as I was busy all day).
The room was large enough for me, and even for two people if I were travelling with someone else. The only problems are (1) you have to pay for your stay in cash and (2) the staff does not speak much English (in fact I found that in Fujiyoshida rarely anyone actually spoke English, something I found frustrating). The location is pretty superb, about a 4 minute walk from the Fuji-Q (Fujikyu) Highland Bus Station (which is where I arrived from Shinjuku Bus Station).
The hotel has a restaurant, Gourmand, although I cannot really vouch for the food quality as I did not eat there. I do love their free wifi included with the room price (about $120 USD per night). Overall, my experience was great and I would strongly recommend it. I think if someone comes to Mount Fuji to visit and climb, it would probably make sense to stay closer to the mountain, but if that is not too much of an issue, I would recommend to stay at the West Inn Fujiyoshida.
Disclosure: My stay at The West Inn Fujiyoshida Hotel was sponsored very generously by the organization that brought me to Japan for work purposes. I wasn’t paid to write this review, nor was I required to do so either as I have no financial ties nor interest or stake in the hotel. The purpose of this blog entry is just to describe my experience at the hotel. In any review I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.