Arriving from Tokyo was very straight froward, sadly we missed the opportunity to use the luggage forwarding service at Hakone Yamote as our train was delayed and the office closes promptly at 12.30 but to take our luggage on the Tozan train to Gora was no trouble. The hotel will collect you from Gora station or we took a taxi as there was one waiting for less than 800 yen. On arrival we had lunch (delicious!) and then wanted to head back to Gora station to go sightseeing. The hotel had no trouble in arranging for the shuttle mini bus to take us back to the station, so accommodating.
After a day sightseeing we arrived back at the hotel for a wonderful early evening drinks (all complimentary). The drinks were also not limited to one. We took dinner that evening in the Japanese sushi restaurant which was amazing, the most wonderful hand rolled sushi prepared before you. Our chef was American descent so spoke perfect English and helped us select a menu which suited exactly what we wanted, so personal and not at all intimidating.
Only staying one night we wanted to make the most of the facilities and I booked a massage for the following morning after breakfast. The massage was phenomenal! and in order to accommodate my massage the hotel happily extended our check out.
From Hakone we were travelled to Kawagachi-ko, The hotel helped book a taxi (with English speaking driver) to collect us for this journey, there was simply nothing more they could do! AMAZING.
Absolutely loved the hotel which oozes history. Felt like we were in some period film set in Meiji era Japan. Wood panelled reading room, conservatory for afternoon tea where John Lennon and Yoko Ono had apple pie, japanese garden. We had a japanese breakfast in the traditional Japanese dining area which was beautiful although the food was challenging to our Western taste buds (and we are adventurous - beware the pickled plum!). Western dining area available. Great bakery in the hotel grounds. Public bath (segregated by gender) in the basement was a fun experience although the bathing area and swimming pool are a little tired. Hotel is in a mountain village with antique shops and a great cafe by the train station. Well place for sightseeing in Hakone. Worth lingering in the hotel itself.
Nice, well kept hotel. The onsen at the hotel was a nice experience, their massage parlour was actually cheap (relatively, 6300 yen for 1 hour massage) but their restaurants are ridiculously expensive. Cheaper to cross the street to the Family Mart or go to the food court at Yunessen spa (also across the street). Most hotels in Hakone were very expensive when we traveled so I don't know if we got a deal vs other hotels. This one has a nice garden and is easily accessible with the hakone pass.
After the day being slightly hazy and enough so that we could not view Mt Fuji anywhere we were delighted to find on waking up and opening our HUGE picture window that overlooked the lake, FUGI-SAN! right there in full view perfectly clear as the view from our room.
Wonderful Hotel shuttle direct to Odawara station used to leave... If I had known that beforehand we would have also taken it from station to hotel. But we used the transport from our "Hakone free pass" which took alot longer. Located directly next to the sightseeing boats on lake Ashi, that connect with the cable car, rope bridge and the rest of the circuit; if you come out of hotel and go the opposite way there is a beautiful walking path along the lake to that historical gateway (I'm still jet-lagged so I forget the name).
PRIVATE ONSEN (for those of you that want to share that with your husband but his tatoos make it difficult)
& hotel massages
*If you can make reservations as times fill up for both.
Directly across the street is an excellent and super cheap restaurant too.
For the cost, this hotel was wonderful. VERY spacious for Japan.
We were only there 2 days 1 night but I wish we had stayed a few more days in both this hotel and this beautiful and relaxing area-
after 9 days with alot of walking in the heat of Kyoto, Nara and elsewhere sightseeing, this was a delightful break before returning to Tokyo.
Lori from NY, NY
Set upon a shore overlooking the sparkling waters of the Lake Ashi - the Hakone Hotel shines like the most precious stone in …More
Mikawaya was built in the 1800s and yet it was clean, well maintained and a beautiful Ryokan. The onsen experience was awesome. Dinner and breakfast were serve in our room and the food was good and fine (if you like Japanese cuisine). The place was quiet and the view from our room was breathtaking.
Most importantly, The staff were extremely helpful, polite and we felt so welcome. It was a pity that we only stayed for a single night as we plan only a two day trip in Hakone.
We will go back again if we are visiting Hakone again.
The room is nice and spacious . It has a Japanese sit down table . Make sure to declare no of persons including children since they will charge 5300 yen/person . We had to call taxi from train station which took time and cost 1700yen . Beware their pillows are as hard as rocks they're so hard .their is free wifi in the room . It has fast speed .
"A very nice hotel for couples as well as families."
We stayed one night in a very nice huge room with two western style beds and a japanese wooden hot spring bath. We enjoyed the onsens, both outdoor and indoor. The breakfast was an expansive buffet with many interesting dishes. Hotel staff were all very nice. Few restaurants nearby.
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