Arcana Izu is a perfect place to unwind yourself – you will enjoy the comfort of Arcana with a private bath and some wonderful meals. To completely relax, the hotel does not have a lobby, public bath, and even television. You will be surrounded by the expansive view of the forests as the songs of birds fill your ears all day long.
There are 4 different kinds of suites at Arcana. We chose River View Suites, and it was absolutely amazing. The room was modern and spacious, and it had huge panoramic window. My room was facing the river and trees, so you could see the stream running quietly just a few feet below. All rooms have private onsen (hot springs) on the veranda, and it was just impossible not to relax and enjoy.
Everyone says highlight of Arcana is the food, and they are not wrong. Arcana serves a Michelin quality French cuisine in such beautiful environment. One of the walls is a window looking into the forest. I strongly recommend you to sit at the counter, so you can watch the chef and staff preparing the food against the backdrop of the greenery outdoor scenes. I have to say the course was one of the best presented food I have ever had.
Although there is nothing much to do around the area, you will love the nice countryside of Japan.
Overall, our stay at Arcana was one of the BEST experiences we ever had, and I can thoroughly recommend a stay there without hesitation. Beautiful rooms, amazing meals, and first class service by the staff… what else can we ask for? If you are looking for an escape from crowds and want something different from traditional Japanese ryokan, Arcana is the place for you!