We were excited to stay at a more traditional ryokan after the spartan conditions of our mountain hut on Mt. Fuji the night before. The Hakone Suimeiso is fabulously located, a few blocks from the Hakone Yumoto train station. From check-in on, the staff were gracious and helpful. We were taken to our room--a good sized tatami room with a lovely view of the river--and a house keeper made us tea, explained the features of the hotel, and showed us how to put on our yukata robes. She even made a reservation for a private bath that evening. The bath was lovely--open air with a view of the river and the woods--and really reasonable (Y2000 for 50 minutes). We had kaiseki for both dinner and breakfast. Both were beautifully presented, with lots of tasty courses. The staff put out our futons after dinner and put them back before breakfast. Staying here was among my favorite experiences in Japan. Highly recommended!
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