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The Best Ryokans in Hakone

2024-03-21

Hakone, just a 90-minute train ride from Tokyo, is a popular way to escape the metropolis for a little rest and relaxation. Its abundance of nature, world-class museums and galleries, photogenic shrines, Mount Fuji views, and onsen (hot springs) make for a charming and quintessentially Japanese experience.

Hakone is peppered with traditional inns known as ryokans that offer authentic Japanese hospitality. Ryokans typically offer a set dinner and breakfast, tatami matting in the guestrooms, and a hot spring bath. Whether you’re looking for a traditional property steeped in history or an elegantly modern ryokan, this selection has you covered.

 

1. Hakone Yumoto Onsen Tenseien

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Hakone Yumoto Onsen Tenseien is a hot spring resort nestled in the heart of Hakone. It boasts a variety of open-air baths with mineral-rich waters, providing guests with a unique and therapeutic bathing experience.

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Tenseien's traditional Japanese architecture and modern amenities create a harmonious blend of comfort and authenticity. Their garden is also a must-visit, which includes a shrine and a tea house with a footbath. Guests can indulge in buffets with Japanese and western dishes for dinner and breakfast.

 

2. Onsen Ryokan Ichinoyu Honkan

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This ryokan features elegantly designed tatami-floored rooms adorned with shoji paper screens and minimalist decor, offering guests an authentic and serene atmosphere.

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One of the highlights of Ichinoyu Honkan is its hot spring facilities, featuring two charming communal baths and a private bath. The use of the communal baths changes between gender depending on the time, so you can enjoy both during your stay.

 

3. Hakone Yumoto Onsen Hakone Pax Yoshino

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Hakone Pax Yoshino is a charming ryokan that blends traditional Japanese aesthetics and modern comforts. Accommodations at Hakone Pax Yoshino include traditional tatami-floored rooms with a river view, as well as Japanese-western style rooms that come with a semi open-air hot spring bath.

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The ryokan also offers exquisite kaiseki cuisine, a multi-course meal showcasing seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The meticulous preparation and presentation of each dish enhances the overall dining experience. The ryokan is also equipped with both indoor and outdoor hot spring baths that guests can relax in.

 

4. Hakone Yumoto Onsen Hotel Okada

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Hakone Yumoto Onsen Hotel Okada is a well-established ryokan offering a wide range of room types and a hot spring facility that utilizes five different natural water sources. Besides the large indoor and outdoor baths, they also offer a footbath which guests can soak their feet in while admiring the breathtaking views of Hakone. Some of the guestrooms even include private hot spring baths, allowing guests to take a dip in the onsen whenever and as many times as they would like during their stay.

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Some of the accommodation plans come with a buffet for dinner and breakfast. Dinner buffet features over 30 different dishes, including a self-made hotpot where guests can choose the type of soup and ingredients to include in their personal bowl. Some dishes such as tempura and sushi are made on the spot after being ordered, enabling guests to enjoy freshly made cuisine.

 

5. Kisenso

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Kisenso is located less than a 10-minute walk from Hakone-Yumoto Station. The owner of this ryokan is also a professional baritone singer, and one of the unique points about this ryokan is that it holds a classical music concert about once a month.

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Hotel Okada offers both classic tatami-floored rooms and contemporary western-style rooms, catering to diverse guest preferences. Besides the communal indoor bath, guests can also use the large private open-air bath for free for 30 minutes. For dinner and breakfast, enjoy Japanese kaiseki cuisine using seasonal ingredients from Hakone.

 

6. Hakone Yumoto Onsen Hotel Yaeikan

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Hakone Yumoto Onsen Hotel Yaeikan is a tranquil retreat just five minutes by foot from Hakone Yumoto Station. This traditional Japanese inn seamlessly combines modern comforts with the charm of a bygone era, providing an authentic onsen experience.

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The accommodations at Hotel Yaeikan feature rooms with tatami flooring, with some even including a sauna. The ryokan offers public indoor and outdoor baths, as well as private baths for guests to relax in.

Hotel Yaeikan's commitment to hospitality extends to its culinary offerings, with delectable seasonal kaiseki cuisine that is served either in your room or in a private dining room, allowing guests to spend quality time with loved ones.

 

7. Susukinohara Ichinoyu

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Susukinohara Ichinoyu is like discovering a hidden treasure in the stunning landscapes of the Sengokuhara area of Hakone. It features cozy rooms, shoji-inspired interior, and an atmosphere that oozes tranquility — the perfect recipe for unwinding.

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Not only does this ryokan have both indoor and outdoor public baths, but all guestrooms include open-air baths. The guestrooms are Japanese-western style, featuring tatami flooring and beds and ranging from around 24 to 33 square meters in size.

Some of the accommodation plans include both dinner and breakfast. Guests can choose from the standard kaiseki dinner or the luxurious kaiseki dinner with a gorgeous funamori, a dish with various fresh sashimi served on a boat-shaped platter.

 

8. Hakone Onsen Shiunso

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Nestled on the tranquil shores of the Haya River, Hakone Onsen Shiunso unfolds as a haven of refined elegance and serenity.

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There are various types of guestrooms, each intimately crafted. Guests can choose from river or mountain views, and some have a hot spring open-air bath attached to the room, allowing guests to unwind in the open-air baths and enjoy the therapeutic waters amid breathtaking scenery.

The dedication to detail extends to the gourmet experience, where kaiseki cuisine takes center stage, showcasing locally sourced delicacies prepared with precision and creativity.

 

9. Onsen Ryokan Ichinoyu Shinkan

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Onsen Ryokan Ichinoyu Shinkan is a hidden gem that whispers tales of tranquility and understated luxury. Immerse yourself in the seamless fusion of tradition and contemporary comfort. Guests have the choice of various room types, from the standard Japanese-style rooms to the newly renovated Japanese-western style rooms with open-air hot spring baths.

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Dinner and breakfast feature Japanese dishes, and both are served at the spacious high-ceiling restaurant on the first floor.

 

10. Hakone Onsen Yuyado Yamanosho

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Hakone Onsen Yuyado Yamanosho beckons visitors into a haven of relaxation, located near the picturesque landscapes of the famous Sengokuhara susuki (pampas grass) fields. Guests will be welcomed by a charming building that was inspired by the post stations on the old Tokaido Road from the Edo period.

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A highlight of the rooms is the kotatsu, a heated low table covered with a heavy blanket that is used during the cold winter months. As for the onsen, the private open-air hot spring bath can be reserved upon check-in, allowing guests to spend some quality bath time.

 

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