We stayed at this ryokan for two nights in April, a lovely respite after five days of bustle in Tokyo. It took a bit to learn the shoes-off/special slippers routine, but that added to the experience. The hotel provides lovely yukatas to wear in the room, to the hot spring baths (onsen), or even to a special dinner.
The onsen was terrific; I have never felt so clean and well soaked in my life, and learning the Japanese bathing routine was easy. There are also foot-massage machines to further ease any fatigue or stress. Sleeping on the futons was surprisingly comfortable; it just took a little more effort to get up. Our room was large, with a separate reading area and a large bath.
We dined there twice and the meals were among the best in three weeks of travel in Japan. The staff was very welcoming, helpful, and friendly. This area of Hakone was very hilly and pretty for walks.
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