Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Mount Tanigawa, Hotel Futaba lies on the high plains of the historical Echigo-Yuzawa Onsen hot spring area. It offers comfortable Japanese rooms with private bathing facilities, as well as indoor and outdoor baths with splendid mountain views.
All rooms are fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional Japanese futon bedding. They are also equipped with an LCD TV, electric kettle and private bathroom with bath and shower.
Guests can indulge in a Korean massage or reserve a private bath (kashikiri) at an additional fee to unwind in. There is also a women's-only spa.
A daily breakfast can be enjoyed at Futaba's dining room, where it serves either a daily buffet breakfast with a variety of Japanese and Western dishes, or a Japanese breakfast.
Hotel Futaba is a 7-minute walk from JR Echigoyuzawa Station, and a 5-minute walk from both Yuzawa Kogen Ski Resort and the Yuzawa Highland Ropeway.
This property is a ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn. Learn more
- What is a ryokan?
- A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn. They usually feature public baths, multi-course dinners, communal spaces where guests can relax, and rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon mats. Like hotels, a range of ryokans (from budget to luxury) is available. What originated centuries ago as a free rest house for long-distance travellers has evolved into a popular destination for relaxation in therapeutic mineral springs.
- What are the major differences between a ryokan and a hotel?
- Unlike a hotel, where the guest room is simply a place to turn in for the night, a ryokan is more than just an accommodation place to sleep. In Japan, many travellers journey long distances solely for the purpose of relaxing in a hot spring bath and feasting on a traditional multi-course dinner – thus making staying at a ryokan an experience in and of itself. These ryokans typically have Japanese-style rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon beds, instead of Western beds and carpeting. In addition, you remove your shoes at the entrance of the accommodation, or before you enter the room. Modern ryokan may serve buffet-style meals in a dining area, while a more traditional ryokan serves in-room dinners. Some ryokan rooms may come with a private bathroom, while others will only have a shared public bathroom.
- What is a kaiseki meal?
- Kaiseki is the culinary highlight at a ryokan, embodied in beautifully presented dishes that delight both the palate and the eyes. Each of the 10 to 15 dishes that make up the multi-course Japanese dinner is prepared in such a way that highlights the unique textures, colours, and flavours of the featured seasonal ingredients and local specialties. Served most commonly at special restaurants and ryokan, a traditional kaiseki dinner usually consists of bite-sized appetizers, fresh sashimi (raw fish), soup, grilled fish or meat, a hot pot dish, rice with miso soup, and a small dessert.
- What is a yukata?
- Yukata is a casual summer kimono typically made of light cotton. Many ryokans offer guests yukata robes during their stay. In some areas, it is common to see guests strolling through the neighbourhood in their yukata. The loose-fitting garment is perfect for relaxing and sleeping in.
- How to wear a yukata
- First, put your arms through the sleeves like you would with a shirt. Take the right side of the yukata and wrap it across your body. Then take the left side and wrap it over the right, making sure that the robe is levelled at your ankle. Pinning the yukata closed on the right side, wrap the sash around your waist a couple of times and then tie a bow. Generally, the bow is tied around the waist for women, and the hips for men.
- What is a Japanese hot spring (onsen)?
- Onsen (literally ‘hot spring’) is a term often used to refer to both the mineral-rich hot springs and the bathing facilities that house them. Whether the bath is public or private, gender-segregated or mixed, indoor or outdoor, soaking and unwinding in the soothing geothermal waters at an onsen is a millennia-old custom deeply embedded in Japanese culture.
- Bathing procedures and etiquette
- At a public bath – onsen or not – guests are expected to shed all their clothes in their respective changing rooms before entering the bathing area. As a common courtesy, once inside the bathing area, guests should wash and rinse their bodies thoroughly before quietly stepping into the hot water. Whether you relax in solitude or converse softly with others is up to you, but guests should always be mindful of others. Wash towels are often used to cover one’s private areas while walking around. However, note that you must not put towels in the water.
- Why are tattoos not allowed?
- While tattoos have become more popular among the youth of Japan, many Japanese people still associate them with outlaws and organized crime. Nowadays, not all businesses ban customers with tattoos, but you may still be refused admission to public baths and swimming pools. Small tattoos may be covered up using waterproof plasters, but keep in mind that each property has the final say on what’s acceptable.
Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.5 for a two-person trip.
- Do you have shuttle bus service from station to hotel?Yes, we can.Answered on 18 September 2022
- Hello, I would like a room for one night (tomorrow until Tuesday), but I was wondering if it would be okay for me to pay at the hotel instead?Hello, so sorry we understand little English. So, do you pay at the hotel?Answered on 22 May 2022
- Do you have shuttle bus to and from GALA YUZAWA ski resort ?We’ll possible pick you up, but for Echigoyuzawa station to hotel.Answered on 25 September 2022
- Hi How to book dinner?Please choose included the dinner plan.Answered on 21 January 2023
- Are your hot springs/onsen open to day trippers not hotel guests? If so, what is the charge and the hours?We don't available to day trip only in bath.Answered on 21 January 2023
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From 15:00 hours
Until 11:00 hours
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.
Children and beds
Children of any age are welcome.
Children aged 3 years and above are considered adults at this property.
To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.
Cot and extra bed policies
Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.
No age restriction
There is no age requirement for check-in
Hotel Futaba accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
Pets are not allowed.
FAQs about Hotel Futaba
The prices at Hotel Futaba may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.
Yes, Hotel Futaba is popular with guests booking family stays.
Yes, there is a hot tub. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at Hotel Futaba on this page.
Guests staying at Hotel Futaba can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.0).
Breakfast option(s) include:
Check-in at Hotel Futaba is from 15:00, and check-out is until 11:00.
Hotel Futaba offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):
- Hot tub/Jacuzzi
- Games room
- Back massage
- Open-air bath
- Foot massage
- Neck massage
- Full body massage
- Public Bath
- Hot spring bath
Hotel Futaba is 0.7 miles from the centre of Yuzawa.
Room options at Hotel Futaba include: