This guest house is hard to find, it lies on the Hakoneura Hwy 138 north of Gora. Best accessed by bus from Odawara. It's in the town of Sengokuhara. I visited as part of an Intrepid tour and found it felt very like a family home. Rooms are traditional and there's a large communal lounge with computers, books about the local area and Koto demonstrations in the evening. Toilets are shared so you have to walk through the communal lounge if you need to go in the night.
Highlight are the onsens, one inside and one outside. You need to book these a day ahead because they are so popular. Sitting in a steaming hot bath when it is sub-zero around you is a great way to start the day. Finally you can't help seeing references to Evangelion. It is a series of futuristic anime movies set in around Hakone and Lake Ashi. They are promoting locations used as a source to get more tourists in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Japanese Family style Inn (B&B). We welcome foreign individual tourist who would like to experience real Japanese life style. All staff speak English so that you have no proble to cmmunicate with us. Natural Hot Spring Bath is available. We'll give you all information about Hakone National Park in English. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fuji-Hakone Guest House Hotel Hakone-Machi