Hakone, which is one of Japan's leading onsen hot spa areas, is famous for its many luxury ryokan inns. Here are five luxury ryokan inns that you'll want to try.
1. Gora Kadan
This is one of Japan's foremost luxury ryokan inns in Gora Onsen, which has long been popular as a resort. It is surrounded by a natural environment that changes beautifully with the seasons, and has two dedicated onsen hot springs sources within its vast grounds. The elegant and modern interior that utilizes traditional Japanese material has a sophisticated feel. There is a variety of guest rooms, including ones with luxurious open-air baths made with Towada stone and annex rooms with black granite open-air baths. The inn offers onsen hot springs with an abundance of water coming from dedicated sources and lavish seasonal meals. At Gora Kadan, you will experience the highest quality hospitality and utmost relaxation.
2. Gora Hanaougi
This is a ryokan inn in Gora Onsen, Hakone, that melds Japanese and modern styles. There are elements of Japanese aesthetics all around the ryokan, including the corridor with tatami mats, Japanese chandeliers in the atrium connecting the entrance and lobby, and irori hearth in the lobby. The guest rooms that combine the warmth of wood and functionality all have luxurious private open-air baths, such as ones surrounded by a forest and others on terraces. At Gora Hanougi, you can enjoy the onsen bath that is constantly being replenished by fresh water, as well as sumptuous kaiseki cuisine made with select ingredients including Hida beef. This is a place to enjoy the luxurious resort experience with all of your five senses.
This is a luxury ryokan inn in Tonozawa in Hakone built on the theme of the Japanese fairy tale, Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter). Each of its ten rooms has a different design and includes an open-air bath so that guests can enjoy the onsen hot spring in their private rooms. All guest rooms have a view of the golden bamboo statue and half-moon flower basin representing the fairy tale, adding to the atmosphere of a place that is removed from everyday life. The inn is also highly regarded for its Kyo-kaiseki cuisine that is beautiful to look at and made by bringing out the flavors of carefully selected ingredients. Guests are encouraged to relax with a drink in the Bar Bamboo on the first floor while enjoying the magical view of the garden that is lit up.
This is a small ryotei restaurant inn in a sukiya-style building nestled among the mountains of Yugawara. It has a fabulous view of the Hakone mountains as well as a beautiful Japanese garden built around a pond with more than 100 different varieties of camellia. The kaiseki cuisine changes monthly and is made by carefully selecting seasonal ingredients and cooking them to bring out their flavors. The dishes are beautiful to look at, with wonderful flavors and textures so that they can be enjoyed by all the five senses. They offer both Japanese and Western-style rooms, but if you want to have a particularly luxurious experience, go for one of the five deluxe rooms in the Geihinkan Royal Guest House on the expansive grounds in the back by the valley. Each room is spacious and airy. You can experience a luxurious, relaxing time in a quiet space.
This is a luxury restaurant inn known for its gorgeous creative cuisine and the ten types of baths filled with spring water sourced from the premises. There are a total of 16 guest rooms. There are traditional Japanese rooms, as well as deluxe rooms with open-air baths on the top floor, all of which are tastefully decorated with Hakone Zaiku woodcraft, bamboo, and washi Japanese paper. In addition to the standard yukata kimono, female customers can borrow yukata with colorful patterns at no additional cost. The meals consist of extravagant dishes made by skillfully cooking seasonal vegetables and seafood. The breakfast, which placed first in the 2012 Breakfast Festival that selects the best breakfasts in Japan, is also something to look forward to.
If you are going to Hakone, please pamper yourself at one of these top class luxury ryokan inns!
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