Hakone is known all throughout Japan as the perfect onsen getaway. The volcanic activity from nearby Mount Fuji heats up pockets of water underground until they burst forth as hot springs that locals have enjoyed for centuries. This the area has gorgeous scenery and visitors can take a tour around Lake Ashinoko on a pirate ship. Hakone has a wide range of ryokan due to the high demand of tourists. Explore these different options of the best tourist-friendly onsen ryokan in Hakone below:
Here you can relax in traditional Japanese style rooms. The furniture and architecture are all in with the theme of traditionalism. There are woven reed tatami mats on the floors, shoji-paper screens on the walls, and fluffy futons to sleep on. Gora Kansuiro Onsen Ryokan offers guest an absolutely sublime Japanese-style breakfast every morning. The property is also home to a variety of onsens. The baths are both inside and outside, some are even in the guest rooms. Everyone is welcome to use the onsen. The outside bath is recommended as this is how ancient Japanese people would have enjoyed the hot springs. Feeling the fresh air on your face and shoulders as the rest of you is submerged in warmth is a very comforting sensation.
East meets west at Hakone Tokinoshizuku ryokan onsen. Guest are treated to a full English breakfast to start off their day. Rooms are also in a more western style with raised mattress beds and hardwood flooring, but guests who prefer can choose to stay in a Japanese-style room. Many rooms have balconies with spectacular views of Hakone. You can also get a great view from the outdoor onsen located on the roof of the ryokan. There is also an indoor onsen for those who do not want to be exposed to the elements but the outdoor onsen offers a beautiful view of the blue sky and the starry night — an unforgettable experience.
Traditional Japanese rooms with comfortable futon beds await you at Gora Kadan. The beds are raised from the ground and are a kind of hybrid between the classic Asian futon and European-style beds. There is a stone onsen that you can relax in, as well as spa facilities. Guests can request massages and other well-being treatments. After some pampering, you can relax on the large deck that overlooks the river. This balcony gives guest amazing views of the surrounding area, and a peaceful space to unwind.
Price: from 975 USD
Rooms come with Japanese tatami mat floors and massive westernized bed. You can really stretch out in these private rooms. The grounds of the ryokan are kept in beautiful condition. You can stroll around these exceedingly Japanese looking gardens and feel the love and care that has gone into making them as serene as possible. Dotted around the gardens are open-air onsen that guests are invited to bath in. There’s also an onsen inside for anyone who might not want to bath outdoors, but the outdoor onsens give you a better view of the immaculate gardens.
Price: from 1059 USD
Hakone Suishoen Ryokan Onsen wants to make sure its guests are nice and toasty. They know that most people want to experience hot springs in the winter months and have made their ryokan capable of staying warm on even the coldest of days. They encourage guests to fight the winter months by submerging their bodies in the hot volcanic waters that are pumped directly into their onsen. There is an indoor onsen bath as well as the outdoor onsen so that guests can try both styles. Rooms are very westernised with hardwood flooring and European-style beds. The ryokan is also a spa and offers massage therapies along with their relaxing baths.
Price: from 1189 USD
The rooms at are kept in Japanese style and there is a variety of onsens for guests to try out. Both indoor and outdoor, all of the onsens look fantastic and feel amazing. The stonework on the edge of the baths is really something to admire whilst you ease into the warm, therapeutic waters. Besides the relaxing onsen, the culinary team also steals the show by their beautifully prepared dishes that no one can say no to.
Inside the Nest Inn Hakone, there is a restaurant that makes makes truly amazing food. Great care goes into the presentation of each scrumptious dish — working wonders on your palate and perfect for your Instagram feed. The rooms in the Nest are more like apartments than hotel rooms. Western beds and spacious living rooms all furnished. One room even has a fireplace. They may feel like apartments but there is 24-hour concierge service and an outdoors onsen that all guest are welcome to use. The onsen is out on a wooden deck so that you can experience jaw-dropping views as you soak in the therapeutic waters.
Hakone Retreat Fore
Address: Sengokuhara 1286-116
Price: from 182 USD
Kids' outdoor play equipment Lockers Access to health care professionals Private parking WiFi Free WiFi Luggage storage Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
Decorated in traditional Japanese style, this roykan offers spacious rooms enough to house a whole family should they need to. There is an outdoor onsen that guest can soak in as they overlook the beautiful landscape. The ryokan is perched on the side of the mighty Haya River. You can watch the currents course by as you relax, snug in your hot spring bath.
Musashino Bekkan Onsen Ryokan is a very traditional guest house. All of the rooms are fitted with classic Japanese-style furnishings. Tatami mats (woven-straw mats) line the floors, there are tables to sip green tea at, shoji-paper screen to cover the windows and comfortable futons to sleep upon. There is a large outdoor roofed onsen perfect spot to relax after a tiring day of sightseeing. The Ryokan serves dinner and breakfast with a menu consisting of a mixture of Japanese and western foods.
This ryokan allows guests to take a dip in a totally private outdoor onsen. Some rooms have onsen attached to the balcony meaning that you can have the full experience of bathing naked in the hot spring, under the stars, without having any awkward interactions with other guests. This is a really romantic spot and the privacy makes it great for couples. There is also an indoor onsen that is open to any guest. This larger bath has water straight from the underground hot spring, volcanic minerals and all. The minerals colour the water brown and are said to be good for your skin, hair and joints. Rooms are traditionally Japanese, but you can request a western-style bed if futons do not appeal to you.
Address: Gora 1300-681, Hakone, Hakone, Japan, 250-0408
The perfect break from Tokyo
Hakone is just 100km (62.13 miles) away from Tokyo but feels like a totally different world. It’s far more relaxing and slow paced, that’s why its a popular destination for Tokyoites wanting to escape the rat-race. You can dip your aching souls in the onsen, enjoy nature or just relax in any of the fine ryokans on our list.
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