Hotel Okada is located in Hakone Yumoto in Kanagawa prefecture. The hotel was given 5 stars in the 2014 hotel selection guide of the Japanese Tourism Economy Journal. Hakone is one of the most popular hot spring destinations for the Japanese, and growingly for international tourists. It is located at only one hour and a half by train from Tokyo. Its location has made Hakone the most popular getaway for busy people from Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures, and its hot springs are considered as one of the best. Hotel Okada is only at 5 min by bus and 20 min by foot from Hakone Yumoto Station, at the heart of Hakone.
Discover a traditional Japanese resort hotel with 60-year history
Hotel Okada has a taste of traditional Japanese resort hotel with its 60 years of history in Hakone Yumoto. It is a traditional Japanese style hotel, thus it would be the perfect location if you are looking for rooms with Japanese tatami mats. There are options with rooms with a mixture of European style and Japanese style rooms though, so upon booking, you want to make sure you choose the room that suits you best. Besides from the main hot spring you can use with other customers, you can choose to book a room with your own private hot spring. However, those are limited to only 24 rooms in the entire hotel so you shouldn’t wait till the last minute!
Rich green of Hakone mountains will welcome your stay
Even without a hot spring in your own room, it is not bad at all to stay at Hotel Okada. At Hotel Okada, there are 5 sources of hot spring with 270 liters of water pumped every minute. The hotel is located in the rich green of Hakone Mountains, thus the view and the atmosphere when taking a hot spring bath outdoors is really relaxing. The only sound you can hear is the happy voice of others enjoying their bath, without any loud city noise. It is so easy to forget your busy city life in this setting. If you are not so big on hot springs, but want to get a taste of Japanese bathing culture after a shower, you might want to try a good foot bath, or “ashiyu” in Japanese, outside..
Hotel Okada is ideal for everyone!
Besides from beautiful tatami Japanese style rooms and a relaxing hot spring, Hotel Okada offers more fun facilities, which make your stay exciting and potentially eventful. During summer time, in July and August, they have an outdoor swimming pool, so you might want to take your swimsuit with you to jump into the pool before going to the hot spring. On top of the pool, Hotel Okada has a karaoke club, an amusement arcade, a souvenir shop, and a kid space, making this hotel attractive to families, couples, large groups of friends and co-workers altogether.
Small detail does matter! Beautiful ikebana in the hallway
Something you notice walking around Hotel Okada is the small details hotel staffs put effort into. It is Japanese style service, that is referred to in Japanese as omotenashi. The hallways might be simple, but here and there, you see beautifully decorated Japanese flower arrangements, “ikebana” with a delicate vase, which make the entire space even more opulent. It also is a great display of the seasons that pass: depending on when you visit, you are likely to experience very different feelings of the hotel.
Yu no Sato hot spring is open to day trippers as well!
If you are interested in visiting Hotel Okada, but you have already booked your hotel, don’t worry! Hotel Okada offers hot spring-only services so that you can enjoy a day trip there. Besides from the hot springs reserved to the hotel guests, Hotel Okada also offers a hot spring for day trippers, called Yu no Sato Okada. It is open between 11:00 and 23:00, and entry costs 1,450 JPY (12 USD) for adults and 600 JPY (5 USD) for kids with rental towels for 200 JPY (1.7 USD). Of course, if you stay at the hotel, this part of hot spring is also free to enjoy.
Hotel Okada, a historical hotel in rich green Hakone
For those of you who have a short stay in Japan near the Tokyo area, but want to experience life in the Japanese countryside, visiting Hakone and staying at Hotel Okada is a great choice. Of course, if you have a lot of time, spending more than one day in the Hakone area will make your stay even more special. This Japanese-style resort hotel with ample hot spring will allow you to relax and enjoy what Japanese nature has to offer. You also can experience why Japanese people enjoy hot spring so much if you stay at Hotel Okada. If you also do not mind to walk around, it is only 20 min away from Hakone Yumoto Station, thus you can slowly walk up the hill by seeing rich green and beautiful Japanese architecture in the neighborhood. Lastly, they offer special plans for families, couples, ladies, anniversary- related trips, and groups, so you have a wide range of options to stay at Hotel Okada. If you book at also book early, at least 21 days before your stay, you even get a better deal.