Boasting a prime location with excellent access from Tokyo, Hakone in Kanagawa Pref. is a place where people can go to enjoy high-quality hot spring and stunning scenery. Here are five recommended luxurious accommodations in the Hakone area.
The first accommodation facility on this list is Gorakadan, located on the grounds of the former summer villa of the Kan'innomiya clan (Japan’s imperial family). It was once a ryokan (Japanese-style lodging) in Hakone’s Gora Onsen (Gora Hot Spring), where politicians, businessmen, the literati and many other known personalities build their summer houses.
Here, you can choose your room from a variety of room types available, ranging from the Standard Japanese-Style Room, up to the Room with Open-Air Bath. Of its many different types of rooms, however, the most recommended are the VIP rooms called “Hanare” (detached cottages), which are characterized by their refined Japanese sense of design and unbroken view of the beautiful garden. Each detached cottage is a vast space that comes with a living room, bedroom and inner room. There is an open-air bath in the garden where you can enjoy free-flowing hot spring anytime. And with breakfast and dinner served in the room, this is the perfect room for those who wish to indulge in their private time.
2. Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu
Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu is slated to open at the Kowakien Onsen (Kowakien Hot Spring) on April 20, 2017. Designed under the concept of “nature and Japanese hospitality”, this ryokan is destined to become a healing hot spring sanctuary that offers guests a relaxing stay while being lavished with true Japanese hospitality through Hakone’s magnificent nature, pleasant hot spring and delicious food.
All rooms in this ryokan have their own open-air bath filled with high-quality hot spring water. You can soak in the bath while being enveloped in a cozy atmosphere and the refreshing scent of trees. The guest rooms available here are the “Superior Room with Open-Air Bath” and the more open “Deluxe Top Floor Room”, as well as the “Special Room” that is limited to six rooms. The Special room is designed based on the theme “Hakone’s culture and nature”. Each of the six rooms has a different design, and some of them even have their own private garden.
3. Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa
The next lodging facility on this list is the Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa. It is located in the castle town of Odawara that is surrounded by the Hakone Mountains and a magnificent sea.
Here, all rooms have ocean views, so guests will be treated to a panoramic view of the sea interweaved with the sky! You can marvel at such glorious sceneries as the morning sun rising over the horizon and the fantastic moon reflected on the surface of the water. The guest rooms and the front lobby are designed with a modern look on the history and culture of Odawara, incorporating “Odawara jochin” (cylindrical paper lanterns), Japanese black pine, plum and wooden mosaic works. Further, there are large baths with natural hot spring inside the hotel, as well as a stone sauna and spa where you can relax and refresh.
4. HAKONE HISUI
HAKONE HISUI, designed under the concept of giving adults superior relaxation, is a resort hotel located in Sengokuhara Onsen (Sengokuhara Hot Spring) in Hakone. This hotel is recommended to those who want to spend a truly relaxing and tranquil time.
Here, there are two Standard and six Deluxe guest rooms. Each room is filled with a cozy feeling as the sun floods into the vast space from the terrace. In the Deluxe room, there is a bathroom where you can enjoy a hot spring bath in the comfort of your own room. It is such a lavish feature as you get to enjoy soaking in the bath to your heart’s content. The hotel has two types of large bath – the large indoor bath and the open-air hot spring bath. Meanwhile, the Family Bath that can be rented (3,240 JPY per hour) is a private bath that is filled with “nigori-yu” (cloudy hot spring water).
5. Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa
The last hotel on this list is a resort hotel that is found in Gora, Hakone. Aside from hot springs, this hotel also houses a spa, so guests will be able to spend a luxurious time.
Here, the rooms have a residential atmosphere where you can kick back and relax. They are characterized by a bright, expansive feeling as they come with either a sun terrace or a balcony. Of all the guest rooms in this hotel, the Mountain View Twin room that offers a picturesque vista of the outer rim of Mt. Hakone is highly recommended. Further, this hotel has a long list of indoor amenities such as two large baths with water coming from Owakudani Onsen (Owakudani Hot Spring), a restaurant with a head chef who worked in a Michelin-starred restaurant in France, and a lounge surrounding a fireplace.
The accommodations featured in this article are lavish facilities that offer huge guestrooms, hot springs and spas, and restaurants that serve sumptuous meals. Try to stay in any one of them to enjoy a relaxing time.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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