I stayed at the Funaya Onsen Hotel in Matsuyama Japan for 1 night and did a video review of the hotel grounds and a Japanese Style room.
If you’d like to see what the what the hotel and room looks like then check out the video here:
Funaya is a traditional Japanese style Onsen (hot-spring) hotel with 68 rooms. It is located in Matsuyama Japan, in the Dogo Onsen neighborhood. If you are driving, the hotel provides free valet parking. If you are taking the train, it is a short 5 minute walk from the Dogo Onsen train station. It is also very near (5 minute walk) to the historic Dogo Onsen public bath.
The hotel is composed of two buildings, the one with the lobby and most of the hotel rooms, and a second building that has the hot spring baths. The two buildings are connected by an elevated/enclosed bridge that crosses over a stream and a Japanese garden. The Onsens are located on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the other building. Men and Women alternate between which bath they use depending upon the time of the day. Outside of the 2nd floor bath is a nice resting area with complimentary ice tea.
You can book the room with or without dinner. We booked the room rate with the “Fusion” dinner. While the food was good, from beginning to end it took about 2 hours. They bring each course one at a time, so be prepared to do a bit of waiting for your food to be freshly cooked and prepared. The below video is of the dinner:
The room itself was one of the largest rooms that I’ve ever stayed at in Japan. It had a large main “sleeping” room (where you sleep on futons), a room off to the side where they would slide the table from the main room when you are sleeping, a sitting room by the window, a dressing room, and a “3-room” bathroom (toilet, sink, bath).
Overall I really enjoyed my stay at Funaya. The Onsen was great, the room was quiet, and the service was excellent. It wasn’t cheap, but it was well worth it!