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Monday, October 30, 2017

Furuiwaya-so Kumakogen

Kokuminshukusha literally means "citizens lodgings" and are hotels operated by local governments. Often they have good locations and are reasonably priced, and such is the case with Furuiwaya-so in the mountains of Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku.

Furuiwaya-so, Kumakogen.


Furuiwaya-so is located across the road from Furuiwaya, a collection of rock formations some towering up to 100 meters, and a popular scenic spot.

Many of the rooms have views out onto the formations. It is also close to Iwaya-ji Temple, one of the 88 temples of the famous Shikoku Pilgrimage and so is also a popular place to stay for pilgrims.

Furuiwaya-so, Kumakogen.


There are standard western-style rooms with beds and Japanese-style rooms with tatami and futons. Some of both types have ensuite toilets and bathrooms, and some don't. The hotel has it's own onsen. The restaurant has great views.

There are the standard facilities, though the wifi only works in the first floor reception/ restaurant area. With the increasing number of non-Japanese visitors walking the pilgrimage they have plenty of experience dealing with foreigners and speak a little English.

Furuiwaya-so, Kumakogen.


A single room starts at only 4,500 yen. I paid 6,800 for a six tatami room with alcove and views, ensuite toilet and bathroom, and two meals. I left early in the morning before the restaurant opened and so they prepared some onigiri for me the evening before.

Furuiwaya-so
1636 Naose
Kumakogen-cho
Kamiukena-gun
Ehime 791-1213
Tel: 0892 41 0431

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