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Fuji Speedway Hotel – The Unbound Collection by Hyatt [In-depth Review]

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Imagine booking a hotel purely based on its location and attempting to maximize your credit card benefits, then having your mind blown during your stay. That was our experience when my wife and I recently spent 2 nights at the Fuji Speedway Hotel, part of Hyatt’s The Unbound Collection.

This incredible property looks down into the famed Fuji Speedway, has awe-inspiring views of Mt. Fuji, and excels at small touches throughout its design. Then, there are the amenities: a traditional onsen, villas with private garages (and private dog runs!), and an impressive breakfast spread.

But that all pales to the element of this hotel that surprised us most: the onsite automobile museum. I’m not a car guy, but this hotel exceeded my expectations. I would go back just to spend more time at the property and check out all the features. Here’s what it was like spending 2 nights at the Fuji Speedway Hotel in early July 2023 — and why I’m claiming it as one of the coolest hotels on earth.


As you might guess from its name, the Fuji Speedway Hotel sits near Mt. Fuji and the acclaimed Fuji Speedway. The closest city is Gotemba, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. You could drive here from Tokyo in 90 minutes to 2 hours, depending on traffic.

Hotel location. Image Credit: Google Maps

Alternatively, you can take trains or buses to Gotemba or Fujiyoshida from Tokyo Station. This takes close to 3 hours, given that you can’t use the high-speed Shinkansen trains to get to these smaller stations.

By car, the Fuji Speedway Hotel is about 40 minutes from Gotemba or Fujiyoshida. The better option is arriving in Gotemba because the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to the speedway from there 8 times per day. Book this in advance by emailing

Otherwise, you can expect to pay about $30 for a taxi from Gotemba and up to $90 for a taxi to Fujiyoshida due to tolls on the highway.

When I say the hotel is near Mt. Fuji, I mean it’s close and has spectacular views, depending on which side of the hotel’s numerous windows you look out.

We had a view of Mt. Fuji from TROFEO Lounge.

As the name implies, it’s also this close to the Fuji Speedway.

The hotel’s private drive has an entrance to the Fuji Speedway next door.


I was anxious to use my up-to-$200 prepaid hotel credits from The Platinum Card® by American Express during our trip to Japan. I had 2 Amex Platinum cards and knew I’d likely close one of them shortly after our trip to avoid incurring the annual fee.

To maximize this benefit and get $200 in statement credits from each card, I wanted to find a hotel that allowed a 1-night booking, which meant no The Hotel Collection bookings. I booked with Fine Hotels + Resorts instead. I also wanted the credits to cover at least half of the room cost nightly, and I crossed my fingers that the hotel would recognize my World of Hyatt or Marriott Bonvoy elite benefits.

With sheer dumb luck, we booked ourselves into this incredible property as part of our plan to climb Mt. Fuji. We paid $370.06 per night for 2 nights, then received $200 in statement credits for each booking. That brought our cost down to $170.06 per night.

We paid $370.06 per night, but credits reduced our cost. Credit: Amex Travel

Once the reservations showed up in my World of Hyatt account, I started checking for available suites. Unfortunately, there weren’t any available with 1 king bed (instead of 2 twins) until 2 days before our arrival. As a World of Hyatt Globalist elite, I quickly emailed my Hyatt concierge and asked her to apply a suite upgrade from my account. She confirmed us into a Grand Prix Corner King Suite on the Mt. Fuji side of the hotel.

Hot Tip:

You can add your loyalty number to Amex Travel bookings. There’s no guarantee the hotel will honor your elite status, but I’ve had great success on this with Hyatt, Marriott, and Hilton stays, essentially doubling my benefits.

Points Earned

I earned 6,831 World of Hyatt points for this stay, including 2,970 base points (5x points), a 30% bonus for Globalist status, and a bonus from a 2x points promotion.

Image Credit: Hyatt

I also earned 5x Amex Membership Rewards points for booking this prepaid hotel with Amex Travel.

Checking In

I’ll be perfectly clear: We didn’t research anything about this hotel before arriving, other than looking for something near-ish to Mt. Fuji and then trying to apply a suite upgrade. We were blown away on arrival.

A hotel sign greeted us along the private drive.

The first thing that caught our eye was the sign and its notation of a “motorsports museum” as we turned off the main road.

As we drove up the private road and approached the entry, we were treated to a lovely view.

The private road leading to the hotel was inviting.

We loved the hotel’s beautiful tower and lush greenery.

Looking up at the hotel from the private drive.

Staff greeted us warmly at the front entry.

Arrival area at the hotel’s entrance.

And as we passed through the outer door, we instantly knew this was no ordinary hotel.

The front entrance.

This enormous space between 2 sets of doors greeted us, with TVs playing historic racing footage and behind-the-scenes shots leading up to famous rallies.

The large space between the doors set the tone for the hotel.

Passing the second set of doors presented us with this jaw-dropping view. As I said, I’m not a car buff, but this was incredible.

We rode the escalators from the museum toward the hotel lobby.

The employee who had piled our belongings onto a cart disappeared into the elevator on the right side.

Elevator from the ground floor directly to the lobby floor.

We rode the 2-story escalators while gawking and listening to an employee tell us that the hotel includes a 2-floor museum covering the history of automobile racing. Super cool.

Looking down the escalators from the lobby.

And as we learned, everything at the hotel is car-themed. Everything.

At the top of the escalators, the Customer Experience Manager greeted us by name, invited us to have a seat at the nearby TROFEO Lounge, and asked what we’d like as a welcome drink.

We found comfortable seating at TROFEO Lounge where we conducted check-in.

While we waited, employees made our drinks as the manager prepared the paperwork for checking in.

TROFEO Lounge bar.

My wife watched as employees squeezed her juice. I took the manager’s recommendation of a matcha tea, sourced from local growers, sweetened and with a dash of cinnamon. It was fantastic.

Welcome drinks during check-in.

The hotel recently opened in October of 2022, and it became clear that I was their first guest using both Globalist benefits and perks from an Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts booking.

Welcome information from my Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts booking.

The manager explained the benefits in detail, pointing out that some of the benefits overlapped (such as getting complimentary breakfast from both perks) but that they had confirmed me into a suite and also that we had the $100 on-property credit to use. We could use the credit for spa services or dining.

After explaining our benefits, the hotel’s on-site amenities, and times for the restaurants, the manager asked what questions we had. We had many!

We wanted to know more about the automobile museum and also information about climbing Mt. Fuji the next day.

The hotel provided us with climbing information.

The manager left to find a Mt. Fuji climbing brochure, outlining the different trails, their starting points, and how to access them. While the complimentary shuttle could take us to the starting point of the Gotemba trail, we’d read that was one of the harder trails and opted for the easiest trail, starting from Fuji Station in Fujiyoshida. For that, we needed a taxi. The manager asked an employee to schedule that for us while escorting us to our room to ensure everything was satisfactory.

Our room keys were made of wood.

While we were checking in, our bags were taken straight to our room to wait for us. The manager also provided 2 codes for the gym/spa area. The code changes every few days and would change during our stay, so he provided the current code and the code for our final day — an excellent touch of forethought to make sure we didn’t encounter any problems during our stay.


The Fuji Speedway Hotel was packed with amenities. Honestly, it’s a destination unto itself, and we didn’t have enough time to sample all of them.

The museum entry was adjacent to the hotel entryway.

Between activities the hotel can plan on your behalf and what it offers on-site, there’s a ton here. We couldn’t fit it all in, especially since we were out before sunrise and back well past dinner time on our only full day at the hotel.

Fuji Motorsports Museum

Let’s start with the most obvious amenity first and then discuss the others.

The Fuji Motorsports Museum sign offered an English translation.

The onsite Fuji Motorsports Museum is not just a collection of cars but also tells the history of racing as well as its impact on car manufacturing.

We had a view of the museum from the lobby.

Its size was impressive, spanning the first 2 floors of the building.

We viewed museum cars from the escalator.

Even without going into the museum, we could admire many of the exhibits from the ground floor or while ascending the escalators in the atrium.

Museum pricing.

Visiting the museum isn’t free — even for hotel guests. However, hotel guests can purchase tickets at the reception desk, receiving a discounted price of ¥1,300 (~$9.25), a ¥500 discount.

Hot Tip:

Buy your museum tickets from the front desk for a hotel guest discount of $3.55.

The museum won with small touches as well. Rather than lining the areas where you shouldn’t walk with gravel, the divisions were filled with nuts and bolts. As I said, everything had a car theme.

I appreciated the small touches.

Even though we didn’t have time to visit the museum during its operating hours, we were able to gawk at numerous exhibits.

Views of antique cars from the escalator.

We could approach the barricades on the ground floor, but we couldn’t get close enough to read the information placards on the exhibit or see items further away.

An antique car among the collection.

During our stay, we made FaceTime calls to multiple car-loving friends and relatives to show them the exhibits as they lost their minds over the displays.

An antique roadster among the collection.

Complimentary Shuttle

The Fuji Speedway Hotel offers a shuttle 8 times daily between the hotel and Gotemba Station. Using this complimentary shuttle can save you around $30 each way. The ride takes 30 to 35 minutes, so factor that and the prearranged shuttle times into your trip planning.

To book the shuttle in advance, email

Fitness Center With Racing Simulator

You read that correctly. This gym has a racing simulator. Those words definitely caught our attention during the manager’s list of amenities during check-in.

The fitness center had your standard cardio equipment and weight machines.

Weight machines at the gym.

The equipment was from Technogym.

Cardio equipment at the gym.

There were dividers between cardio machines.

Cardio equipment at the gym.

It also had kettlebells, medicine balls, and exercise balls.

Kettlebells and exercise balls at the gym.

There was even a scale and a defibrillator.

Scale at the gym.

But its standout feature was the racing simulator.

You can use this racing simulator by appointment only.

You have to make an appointment to use the racing simulator, but it looked incredible. Next time.

Info for the racing simulator.


An onsen is a traditional Japanese bathing area that’s part of a hot spring. The onsen at the Fuji Speedway Hotel is fed from local groundwater and featured gender-specific areas for men and women.

Booths at the on-site onsen.

Booths were available for cleaning ourselves before relaxing in the bath.

Hot bath at the onsen.

There was also a pool, but notice the temperature on the wall — 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.38 degrees Fahrenheit). The water was pretty hot.

The pool at the on-site onsen was hot.

In the men’s onsen, there was a dry sauna. The women’s onsen had a steam sauna.

Sauna at the Fuji Speedway Hotel.

There were gender-specific changing rooms and entryways for the onsens, and following the signs to them was pretty easy.

Even the changing room entrance for the onsen had a speedway theme.

If you’ve never been to an onsen before, there are etiquette rules on the wall here to help you out. Note: Guests use onsens in the nude.

Onsen etiquette signs gave us a quick guide.

During check-in, we asked about tattoos at the hotel’s onsen. Having tattoos can be enough to not be admitted at some onsens.

The manager told me my tattoos were acceptable because they are Western style and artistic/cartoons. My wife, however, was told she couldn’t visit the onsen because she has traditional Japanese-style sleeves on both arms.

Bottom Line:

This onsen allows visitors with tattoos, unlike some onsens. However, that only applies if your tattoos aren’t Japanese-style.


The onsen is part of Omika Wellness & Spa — as is the fitness center.

Omika spa entrance.

It’s all part of a second-floor wellness area at the end of this hallway.

Hallway to the spa, pool, and fitness center.

The spa offered a full range of massages, hot baths, and relaxation therapies. After being greeted by a friendly employee, we wound up in this seating area. On top of great views, it had multiple types of seating and iced green tea.

Seating at Omika spa.

There were also spacious changing rooms for visitors.

Changing rooms at Omika spa.

Pool and Hot Tub

The pool.

Past the spa, there was also a pool and hot tub.

Pool and hot tub.

It was fully indoors and didn’t have your standard lounge chairs. Instead, these sofas against the wall provided seating.

Loungers near the pool — not your typical pool deck!

There were also kickboards and floaties available, which was a nice touch.

Floaties and kickboards.

If we got thirsty, drinking water was available nearby.

Drink stations at the pool.

And a shower built into the wall was available for use before and after.

Shower near the pool.


Wi-Fi was fast and reliable throughout our stay. It’s complimentary for all guests, and we got average downloads of 50 Mbps in our room and in the restaurants.


While most guests took the 2 story escalator to the lobby, there is an elevator from the ground floor for those who need it. Find this on the right side of the atrium.

From the reception desk, elevators are to the right, away from the restaurant.

Elevator waiting area near the lobby.

There weren’t any seating options on guest floors while waiting for the elevator, but there were nice views of Mt. Fuji.

Elevator waiting area on the sixth floor.

The elevators were extremely spacious. We needed to tap our room key to access guest floors.

Elevator interior.


The Fuji Speedway Hotel also has private villas.

Looking down at the villas.

These villas are separate from the main hotel.

Separate driveway to the villas.

These include kitchens, private yards, and even a dog run.

View of a villa from the street.

Banquet and Meeting Rooms

There are 2 venues within the hotel: a ballroom and a functional room. The ballroom has a show kitchen and a VIZ room, while the functional room has 5,600 square feet of flexible space.

However, that’s just what’s inside the hotel. Staff told me that clients can rent a rooftop space for truly unique experiences. Expressions on their faces let me know this doesn’t come cheaply.


You can book an incredible amount of activities through the hotel. These include on-track kart experiences at the Fuji Speedway, sunrise hikes, morning yoga, e-bike rental, horse riding, fishing, golf at multiple courses, and distillery tours.

The Suite

We stayed on the sixth floor in room 630. Hallways on guest floors were lined with carpet featuring geometric patterns.

Sixth-floor hallway.

On the walls, artwork and historic photographs continued the racing theme.

Sixth-floor hallway.

And the signs with room numbers looked like a gear shift.

Room sign with gear shift imagery.

Living Room

We entered through the living room, which was large and airy. There was a large couch against one wall.

Living room in our suite.

To the right, there was a half bathroom.

View toward the half bath.

It had a Japanese toilet with spray controls.

The half bath near the room’s entrance.

And there was a small sink.

Sink in the half bathroom.

The living room itself had 2 circular, wooden tables in the center sitting on top of a rug.

View of the living room from the balcony.

On the far side of the living room, near the balcony, there was a recliner chair, a small table, and a TV on the wall.

The living room was spacious.

The minibar featured more automotive-themed items on the shelves, plus a coffee machine and phone.

Minibar area.

There was a large selection of alcohol (not complimentary).

Alcohol for purchase from the minibar.

We also had supplies for making tea with traditional Japanese cups and a pot.

Tea supplies.

A drawer held cups, saucers, pods for the coffee machine, and packs of sweetener, creamer, and sugar.

Coffee supplies.

The bottom drawer had snacks, an ice bucket, and a kettle, as well as a price list for the minibar items.

Minibar snacks and pricing.

Another drawer had sanitizing wipes and glasses.

Drinking glasses at the minibar.

The minifridge had beer, juice, soda, and cheeses.

The minifridge was stocked!

Above the sofa, there was more racing-themed artwork.

Race-themed art in the living room.

On the tables, we had welcome snacks of chocolates and fresh cherries.

Welcome snacks and a welcome note greeted us in our room.

There were also candies and an information brochure.

Hotel info pamphlet and sweets.

A note from the general manager welcomed us.

Welcome note from General Manager.

There was also a closet near the front door.

Hangers in the closet.

But the pièce de resistance was the balcony.

Our large balcony.

The balcony ran the length of the entire suite, including access from the bedroom. It held chairs and a small table and had views of Mt. Fuji.

View of Mt. Fuji from our balcony? Yes, please!


Our earth-tone-themed bedroom.

At the other end of the suite, a large bedroom also featured earth tones.

The bed and sofa in our corner suite.

A comfortable king-sized bed sat in the middle of the room, covered with soft sheets and 4 pillows. There was also a loveseat at the foot of the bed.

The nightstand’s controls, phone, and notepad.

Each side of the bed had a nightstand with multiple outlets and a series of controls for the lights and curtains. One side of the bed had a notepad and a phone. The other side of the bed had a clock and smart speaker.

The second nightstand had a smart speaker and clock.

There was also a wooden table and TV in the sitting area.

The sitting area in our suite’s bedroom.

A panel of controls on the wall had buttons for lights on the balcony, the curtains, and the thermostat.

There was no lack of controls!

We also had a humidifier.

Our room had a humidifier we could use.

Views from the bedroom included the entryway to the Fuji Speedway.

Views to the Speedway entrance and part of the track from our corner suite.


In the hallway between the living room and bedroom, there was a gigantic bathroom.

On one end, there was a small closet with a toilet.

View of the bathroom and toilet.

A panel on the wall controlled the spray features.

Toilet controls.

The counter had dual sinks and a make-up mirror.

Dual sinks for the win!

Each sink had its own pump bottle of Mikimoto Cosmetics hand soap.

Each sink had one of these pump bottles.

A basket between the sinks held body towels (a loofah-esque scrub pad) and powders to put in a hot bath.

The bath mix was a nice touch.

Wooden drawers and shelves under the sink held a ton of goodies. This included a trash bin, a digital scale, lots of towels, and a nonslip mat that we could put in the shower.

Drawers and towels under the sink.

But I have absolutely never seen a hotel bathroom with this many items in the drawers. Any cosmetic product or spare toiletry item you might need, it was here.

I’ve never seen so many cosmetics in a hotel bathroom.

Another drawer held a hair dryer.

One drawer had a hair dryer.

At the other end of the bathroom, a glass door led to a room with a shower and tub.

View of the bathroom, shower, and tub.

The shower had a rainfall shower head and hand-held option.

Options for the shower were great.

There was also a large tub at the far end.

This spacious room had a shower and a tub.

The pump bottles on the wall held body wash, shampoo, and conditioner Waphyto products. The scent was so subtle that it was near undetectable.

Pump bottles for bath products near the shower head.

Hooks near the door held bathrobes with the hotel’s logo on the chest.

Customized bathrobes as well!

A large, wooden door on a rolling track slid open and closed easily.

The sliding wooden door for the bathroom provided privacy.

Closet and Hallway

In the hallway, a counter sat on top of 6 dresser drawers. There was a yoga mat on the counter.

Dresser in the hallway.

The drawers held a ton of stuff.

The dresser had huge drawers with lots of things to discover inside.

There were Japanese robes and laundry supplies, as well as slippers.

Slippers and shoe cleaning supplies.

There was also an iron.

One drawer had an iron.

Near the bedroom, there was a sliding glass door that led to a closet.

The closet’s sliding, tinted glass door.

There were shelves, a small safe, traditional pajamas, and an ironing board.

It had a safe, pajamas, and an ironing board.

The pajamas had the hotel’s logo, as did the cloth bags that we were told we could keep.

The bag and pajamas had hotel branding.

There were sandals and socks for us to use, as well.

Customized socks and sandals in the closet.

Food and Beverage

The Fuji Speedway Hotel has 2 restaurants, a lounge, and a bar. Let’s look at each.

TROFEO Italian Cuisine

Numerous hot dishes at breakfast.

While TROFEO Italian Cuisine is labeled as an Italian restaurant (serving fare like gazpacho soup, multiple pasta dishes, and tiramisu during lunch and dinner), it also serves breakfast daily with a mix of Japanese and international fare. There were numerous hot dishes (like potatoes, eggs, and pancakes) and yogurt with fixings, including seeds, granola, and nuts.

Yogurt and fixings at breakfast.

The salad bar had many offerings, including beans, raw veggies, and croutons.

Salad bar at breakfast.

There were numerous pastries: croissants, chocolate croissants, muffins, and pies.

Pastries at breakfast.

There were Japanese vegetables and ingredients to make soup bowls, with broth, noodles, and meats.

Japanese-style cold cuts at breakfast.

There were also cheeses and cold cuts.

Cold cuts and cheeses at breakfast.

The bread station had a toaster, jams, and fresh honey.

Bread and honey station at breakfast.

Signs provided allergen warnings on each dish.

Allergen signs at breakfast.

And “to go” coffee cups had quotes from famous names in racing.

The takeaway coffee cups had quotes from racers.

TROFEO was open for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Robata OYAMA

Behind the reception desk, Robata OYAMA offers traditional Japanese food prepared in a show kitchen. There are set times for preset menus and à la carte offerings. It’s open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly.


TROFEO Lounge.

The TROFEO Lounge behind the reception desk offered afternoon tea, light bites, wine by the glass or bottle, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, multiple snack foods, and fresh-squeezed juices. But the views were probably the most important part.

TROFEO Lounge seating.

There was also an outdoor terrace.

Terrace at TROFEO Lounge.

TROFEO Lounge was open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Bar 4563

This bar is shaped like a Formula 1 race car, and there’s an outdoor terrace here with views of Mt. Fuji. Bar 4563 was only open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Room Service

We were famished on our second night at the hotel after returning exhausted from climbing Mt. Fuji. We still had our $100 on-property dining credit to use, but we didn’t feel like getting cleaned up to visit the restaurants. We asked at the front desk and were told we could use our credit for room service. Thus, we placed our order for an hour in the future, giving us time to get cleaned up and relax a bit before eating.

My wife ordered a club sandwich with fries. I ordered a Pomodoro pasta, and we got 2 fresh juices.

Our room service orders.

Room service came exactly on time. The delivery staff set the meals on the living room tables, rather than just leaving the cart and expecting us to do it ourselves. We also received focaccia bread with olive oil to pair with my pasta.

Bread and olive oil to go with my pasta.

Service was friendly, and the food was delicious. Taking our meals in the room was a great way to unwind after a tiring day.


Service throughout our stay was excellent with just a minor blip during checkout. We received a thorough, heartfelt welcome to the hotel at check-in as well as detailed explanations of hotel services and benefits. We experienced friendly greetings every time we returned to the hotel — whether we’d been gone 5 minutes or all day.

Service at meals was consistently friendly and felt authentic, and employees at the reception desk were knowledgeable and efficient in answering questions, booking taxis, and scheduling our shuttle to and from the hotel. The only issue we had was with our bill and the $100 credit at checkout.

The customer service manager had told us we could use our on-property credit for room service. At checkout, the employee told us it could only be used for in-person dining at the restaurants.

When we pointed out that we had been told we could use the benefit this way, she conferred with the manager and then applied the credit. We understood that normally the $100 credit can’t be used for room service, and it was nice that we were given an extra option. Staff being on the same page about this would’ve avoided an awkward moment at checkout.

Final Thoughts

The Fuji Speedway Hotel was incredible. We wound up here by chance, but we were so happy it worked out this way. I would return to this hotel just to explore the property more. It’s a destination in and of itself.

For car and racing lovers, this is a must-visit. But we loved the hotel even though we aren’t big fans of either. The hotel simply oozed “cool.” I sincerely hope this wasn’t my only stay at this hotel.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Fuji Speedway Hotel has 120 rooms and 21 suites. It also has 5 villas separate  from the main hotel building.

Yes, you can. The Fuji Speedway Hotel is in the Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts. This provides benefits like breakfast for 2 people daily, room upgrades at check-in (when available), and a $100 on-property credit.

The Fuji Speedway Hotel is part of Hyatt’s The Unbound Collection. It participates in the World of Hyatt program, meaning you can earn and redeem rewards here.

About Ryan Smith

Ryan has been on a quest to visit every country in the world and plans to hit his final country in 2023. Over the years, he’s written about award travel for publications including AwardWallet, The Points Guy, USA Today Blueprint, CNBC Select, Tripadvisor, and Forbes Advisor.


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