Hakone was recommended to me by a friend and I'm pleased I stopped off here for a couple of days when travelling between Kyoto and Tokyo. As I was coming to the area, I wanted to experience a traditional ryokan but without the massive costs associated with some of the boutique places. This place worked out well and I really enjoyed it.
The hotel is a couple of km from the nearest town but close to 5 mins walk from the train station and with bus stops right outside. You can easily get everywhere in the Hakone national park area without any hassle (Hakone Free Pass well worth it).
The hotel is an onsen hotel with separate men's and women's hot baths. It's an interesting experience but probably not for people who don't like public nakedness! Soaking in the hot bath after a day of exploring the national park is extremely relaxing though and definitely recommended.
I booked dinner here on one night and I'm really glad I did as it was an excellent traditional Japanese multi-dish feast. All really tasty and fresh although largely unidentifiable. The Japanese breakfast was really good too.
The room was a traditional tatami mat and futon affair, which overlooked the rapids of the river out back. A very relaxing experience.More
- Free Wifi
- Free parking
- Room service