- Reviews: 5800
Hotel Musashiya, Moto-Hakone
Hotel Musashiya is a modern hotel that retains elements of a traditional Japanese ryokan. The modern features include an elevator, baths in each guest room, online booking, and HD TVs. The traditional services include tea service upon arrival and the option of dinner served in the room.
We booked our room on a very busy weekend for 22,000 Yen, but room rates are usually half of this price on weeknights and quieter weekends. Upon checking us in, the hotel staff quickly directed us to place our car in their free parking lot. When we arrived at the room, a Japanese woman quickly arrived and began pouring tea (see my video of the tea preparation here: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/vv/81c5/. We declined the traditional ryokan dinner in the room, but at about 7:30pm, a staff member stopped by to make up our beds (futons on the tatami mat floors).
The best thing about the hotel is its prime location. From here, it is just a 10 minute walk in one direction to the Hakone Shrine, and 10 minutes in the other direction will take you to the cedar lined Old Tokaido Road, Hakone Detached Palace, Onshihakone Park, and the recently restored Old Hakone Checkpoint. There are also 10 or so restaurants and a dozen nice gift shops in the immediate area of the hotel.
- Reviews: 3495
Fuji-Hakone Guesthouse: Our first stay in a ryokan
We spent two nights in this friendly family-run ryokan in Sengokuhara. Rooms are Japanese style, with futons and tatami mats. There are no en suite facilities but you can book either the indoor or outdoor onsen for private use (30 mins at a time per room). There is also a shower which you don't have to reserve. But do give the onsens a go! We used the outdoor one on both evenings and felt wonderfully relaxed each time after our soak under the stars.
Chris and I had a ground floor room, Fuji (all rooms are named after places in Japan). It opened directly from the pleasant communal sitting area. Walls are thin here, so even in your room you will have only a certain amount of privacy. I hadn't been sure how I would find sleeping on a futon but it was fine - comfortable and very cosy.
The hotel has free wifi throughout and two PCs in the lounge for use by guests (pay by the half-hour). Breakfast is served in the adjacent house just a few steps away, and is Western in style, with fresh fruit (pineapple and banana), bread for toasting with a selection of jams, yoghurt, cereals, tea, coffee and orange juice.
The owner is a friendly lady who speaks good English, as do some at least of the staff. They can provide lots of info about sightseeing in the area, and also sell some pretty postcards of Mount Fuji. There's also a cute long haired dachshund!
Next tip: getting around by bus
- Reviews: 1230
Tokyu Harvest club: A wonderful place
This is probably the best hotel I have ever been in.
We could aford to stay in this resort cause a friend of my friend has the membership of the club, so it just turned out to be cheaper than many other accomodations.
This is a very beautiful resort where you can enjoy hot spring and you have more than 6 baths which means it never becomes too crowded.
The room is very big and you have a tatami space which is very nice to have dinner in.
Unfortunatly it's a club, so if you are not member, you cannot stay here.
The hot sprong bath on open air which was just nice iun october but must be stuiing with the snow.
- Reviews: 18
Hotel Suimeisou: Great location, good value.
Located an easy stride from the Hakone/Yumoto train station, Suimeisou has 12 reasonably comfortable (if a bit cramped) western-style rooms and 31 ryokan-style rooms. A clean and comfy bath facility is on the top floor. Staff are professional and kind. Some English is spoken. The lobby is boring, but don't waste time there. Go outside and walk along the Hayakawa river instead.
- Reviews: 176
Ichinoyu Honkan: Traditional Style Accomodation
This is a great little Ryokan if you are looking for a traditional experience without spending a fortune. It is really close to Hakone-Yumoto station, so it makes a great starting point for doing the cable-car/lake Ashi circuit. There are shared baths, and also a 'family' bath that you can reserve, but you can also get rooms with private baths if you like. We had a private outdoor bath, but also used the shared facilities which are great. The price here included breakfast and dinner (japanese style), and both meals are excellent. The staff are very helpful and kind. Rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious.
- Reviews: 201
Ichinoyu Honkan: Reasonable accommodation
This is the ryokan we stayed in Hokone Yumoto. This ryokan has about four facilities in the Hakone area and the price is reasonable.
- Reviews: 1
Fuji Hakone guest house: Best value Place in hakone
This was the best place I stayed in whilst in Japan.
I was there at the end of January, so it was a little cold and a bit snowy, but this was a perfect escape.
best value for money in Japan!
A little tricky to get to, but well worth it!!
This Guesthouse comes complete with two Osen (natural mineral spring baths) on indoor one outdoor.
I enjoyed the outdoor Onsen the best, snow covered ground, cold outside awfully warm inside.. Brilliant!
The bus stop is out the front of the Fuji Hakone, which takes you to the Fanicular which conects to the Komagatake rope way which lands you in Lake Ashi, from here you can ride the boat to Hako nemachi palace garden. beautiful.
If you are luck you will be able to see Mt Fuji beyond the Hills
- Reviews: 2
Fukuzumiro: Traditional Ryokan
This was the Ryokan stay at its best... One of the most well known Japanese tourist locations is Hakone. It's a hot springs area. We really wanted to stay at a nice Ryokan that offers full course dinner, breakfast etc. And one that has its own bath where 100 people are not in it... There is a family private bath that can be locked from the back... then there is one for ladies and one for men. 3 times I took a bath, I was the only one in there...
Though not cheap, the money was well worth this Ryokan. If you have the budget for it, I would definetely recommend it. Mostly Japanese people stay here and they book months ago. We went in May and made reservations through www.japaneseguesthouses.com . Believe it or not, this service doesn't charge you anything. I found out about it, here at virtual tourist. This website helps you to make reservations without you having to lose yourself in translation... The pictures on their website don't do this place justice, I hope the ones I post will be more helpful
I recommend you read about Ryokan stay etiquette before you go here. I entered our room with the slippers they provided and our host was going to pass out. It's a "no no" to enter your room with it obviously :)
Best hot bath I ever took, overlooking the forest. Our room was by the river.. it is loud, but you will sleep like a baby on the tatami mats and hay pillows.
Most places look secluded and private on the internet. Then you see that there are 100 other hotels next to them. Fukuzumiro is NOT one of those. It's tucked in next to a river and it's amazingly calm and serene. Definetely a true Japanese experience.
Here's an article on cnn.com about this location.
- Reviews: 2
Ichinoyu honkan: Private hotspring bath ryokan
the cheapest ryokan with outdoor private hot spring bath and dinner/breakfast that i can find.. well those outdoor bath rooms were fully booked.. so we took the indoor kind (room ume).. peaceful environment with river flowing sound all day night.. i had total of 3 bath.. 1 before dinner, 1 after dinner at the reserved family style and 1 next morning before breakfast.. extremely hot but great feeling.. despite that i needed 10 mins to get myself into the hot "boiling" water.. staffs speak simple english and friendly.. room is spacious and clean.. futon is very comfy.. dinner and breakfast are delicious.. easily accessible by bus.. highly recommended..
cheapest ryokan with private hot spring bath (in room) in peaceful surrounding
- Reviews: 302
Fujiya Hotel: an old classic, but not top-end
This hotel is a bit old and definitely not top-end. However, the grounds are fantastic, the service is all right, and the location is a convenient 7-minute walk from Miyanoshita Station.
I have recommended this hotel to others. I wouldn't stay there again, but only in order to try out some of the top-end ryokans that are supposed to be around Hakone.
There are extensive grounds and gardens surrounding the hotel. They are very pleasant to walk around.
There is an American concierge there who can give you a detailed page of instructions of how to take the rail / incline rail / cablecar / boat / bus / rail circuit tour of the area, which can take as little as 2 hours.
- Reviews: 70
We were completely spolit from the beginning to the end of our stay..pampered in a Japanese bath, eating special -and quite-strange (some things we had for breakfast were too much!!) abundant meals, enjoying the quietness and peace...
- Reviews: 140
Fuji-Hakone Guest House: Great Family Run Boarding House
A pleasant guest house with private hot springs and very friendly staff. The rooms are quite big, although not en-suite. However there are several bathroom/shower rooms you can use. There is also an indoor and an outdoor hot spring you can book (free of charge for guests) that is very pleasant – remember to follow the bathing guidelines about rigorous pre bath showering.
Breakfasts are continental style.
Highlights – free wi-fi! Plus, the very friendly owner organised a local folk musician to come over and play some traditional Japanese music for us.
- Reviews: 75
Moto Hakone Guesthouse: Low Cost Ryokan in Moto Hakone
Clean Ryokan, good sized room with friendly staff near to Lake Ashi in quiet location
Provide tea in room with traditional Japanese table
No evening meal available
Recommend taking a map as hard to find
Off season very remote place to be
Off season (although may be becaused we stayed on a Sunday) restaurants last orders were at 8.30pm and so not much to do in the evening. During peak season experience may be different.
Sightseeing Map of area provided on arrival
Curfew at 10pm
Nice viewing points close by and old edo highway
Low cost for Ryokan experience if on budget
- Reviews: 75
Fuji Hakone Guest House: Low cost Ryokan in Hakone
Nice, clean and good sized rooms
Friendly, helpful staff and handy local map given on arrival - map in reception which explains different restaurants in area
Private outdoor and indoor onsen
Reasonable location and a few minutes walk from the bus stop
Good sized lounge with tea making facilities
Recommended on Japanese inn website, English speaking staff
Convenience store a few minutes walk away
However restaurants close early at 8.30pm (although this may be as it was off season in March 2005).
Curfew at 11pm although wasn't a problem although off season wasn't really an issue
Would recommend but only for one night as not much to do in the area unless you have a car or want to go hiking unfortunately for us it rained.
Budget option for good Ryokan experience although not traditional Ryokan as no evening meals served
Free use of private outdoor (needs to be reserved) and indoor onsen that can be used by a couple together (normally onsen is separate sex)
- Reviews: 21
Fuji-Hakone Guesthouse!: A wonderful japanese experience - Ryokan!
Clean, comfortable, good service, pleasant experience!
i love the outdoor private hotspring! try a night dip during wintertime...
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