Located by Lake Kawaguchi, Hotel Konansou offered me an experience that I will remember for years to come. Upon arrival, I entered its huge lobby, which is in a very traditional Japanese style, and the entire lobby staff lined up to greet me. After checking in, I was shown to my room and introduced to its various features. The room was impeccably clean, and there was a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji from the bath. Having a view of the mountain depends on the type of room you book.
For lovers of hot water, the hotel has public baths for men and for women as well as a rooftop footbath. Guests wishing to treat themselves can have a shiatsu massage. Other amenities include a game arcade and karaoke bar. The kaiseki (multiple-course haute cuisine) dinner was served at my preferred time, and the seasonal dishes were cooked to perfection. I ended my stay with an excellent breakfast buffet. After I had checked out, the delightful staff continued waving good-bye to me until I was out of sight.
Name: Lin Jill
ADDRESS: 4020-2 Funatsu, Fujikawaguchiko, Minamitsuru, Yamanashi
HOURS: Check-in, 3–6 p.m.; checkout, 10 a.m.
ACCESS: 10-minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station