My friends and I stayed there during Mid-December 2011 for 3D2N. We booked a Japanese style room with private open-air bath (2nd floor, non-smoking). It costs 73000 yen for 3 persons. There is a KOTATSU(foot warmer) table in the room, and we slept on futon. There are western style rooms available as well, but we decided to stay in a traditional room. The room was well-equipped with all the necessary amenities, making it easy for travelers to travel light. Best of all, there was a private open-air bath in the room, which makes it convenient for travelers who are looking for some privacy.
We made use of the private open-air bath in the room once, and during the rest of the stay, we made use of the public bath. There are 2 types of public bath: outdoor bath and indoor. Personally I prefer the outdoor bath, because i like feeling the cold wind on my face, but still feeling warm whilst i soak in the onsen.
After soaking in the onsen, we went for dinner at 7pm sharp. You can choose to have dinner at 6pm or 7pm, but be sure to arrive before dinner time to check in, because if you arrive later than 6pm, they will not be able to serve you dinner. And they are strict about this rule.
Dinner comes in 2 plans, either standard or gourmet, and you can also order in advance some additional dishes. But no matter what plan you choose, you don't have to worry about feeling hungry at night as the dinner is extremely fulfilling. But if you would like to try, you can order one standard plan for the 1st evening, and a gourmet plan for the 2nd evening. That's what we did. We were extremely satisfied with the dinner they served.
In the morning, from 8am-9am, they serve breakfast, and their Japanese breakfast was also wonderful. Do take note that they don't allow guests to bring drinks from vending machines or other places into the restaurants, if you do so, they will charge you for the drinks.
One other reason why i recommend this onsen hotel is because of its location. First of all, it is only a mere 5 mins walk to the lovely Venetian Glass Museum. It is also only a 3-4 bus stops away from the Little Prince Museum. If you are someone who's interested in these museums, be sure to take note of this onsen hotel. Moreover, just outside this onsen hotel, there are buses that will bring you directly to Gotemba Premium Outlet in just under 30-45mins, and you don't even have to pay a single cent if you're using the Hakone Freepass. So if you are interested in shopping, you should seriously consider this onsen hotel.
I would definitely stay there again if I'm going to Hakone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is located at the entrance of Sengokuhara. Shinanoki Ichinoyu is accessible to Odawara,Izu and Gotenba. There are 2types of hot spring,the one is sulfureous spring and the other is alkaline plain spring. Moreover,We proudly provide you the beauty treatment. Please enjoy high quality"Ichinoyu Style" relaxation. ... more less
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