72 Miyanoshita, Hakone-machi, Kanagawa Prefecture, 250-0404, Japan
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Norman with JumpingwithNorman, Hakone, Japan
Can't decide which Royakan to stay?
I was wondering if anyone stayed at any of these Ryokans before? I can't make up my mind between these two. This one http://www.japaneseguesthouses.com/db/hakone/tachibana.htm seems to have a better access for doing Hakone circle.
This one http://www.hoeiso.jp/englishhyousi.html looks like a real traditional Japanese style but someone from tripadvisor said that the food is a bit sweet and the rooms are dated.
Re: Can't decide which Royakan to stay?
Sorry, looks like the link is not working. The first Ryokan is
574 Yumoto Hakone-machi
2nd one is "Kijitei Hoeiso" 227, YUMOTOCHAYA, HAKONE-MACHI, ASHIGARASHIMO-GUN, KANAGAWA
Travel Tips for Hakone
Hakone Glass Museum
Another museum that worths a look is the Glass museum - exhibits both classical and contemporary glass works. It's within 7 minutes walk from Fuji-Hakone Guest House [see my accomodation tips under Japan page and ask lovely Tomomi and Chihiro the direction]. It's a small but stylish museum.
Well Endowed Hedgehogs Prevail
Throughout the region, look out for ceramic hedgehogs decorating the gardens of many houses.
Generally standing upright and gazing purposefully skywards, these cute little creatures invariably sport impressively enhanced anatomical attributes that must make them the envy of the hedgehog world.
Apparently a good luck symbol, they bring wealth and success to the household. No wonder they look so self satisfied.
The carp is the fish most frequently used for Japanese decorative purposes. Mythology identifies the carp as the messenger of the gods. Beginning in China and later throughout the Far East, this fish was recognized for its strength, intelligence, and endurance. In the period leading up to Children's Day (5 May) carp banners classically on bamboo poles are raised throughout Japan to wish the children similar characteristics of strength and endurance. Seeing a carp during a dream is considered an omen of good luck.
Owakudani is the area around the craters created during the last eruption of Hakone Volcano.This is an area where you enjoy hot springs, sulphureous fumes.
This area is about 40 minuts by car from the town of Hakone, you can have a walk around, and, with 10 minuts walk you can reach an area with bubbling boiling pools where you can cook eggs that people sell around there, these eggs are said to prolong one's life by seven years.
For Fans of Le Petit Prince
Visit the Little Prince museum in Hakone. In the museum, there are exhibits of Exupery memorabilia. The best part must be exhibits of Little Prince novels in different languages.
Also a good place to spend rainy afternoons.