From Odawara station by car, it's about an hour drive to Hotel Green Plaza. It is a nice drive up the winding roads of the mountain. You can take trains and ropeway as well, which offer leisurely and scenic views. The hotel is not in a 'central' area, but offers access to the ropeway, which you can take to trains/other ropeway lines. It is in a very peaceful area in the mountains, away from the town, where you can enjoy a nice outdoor onsen, taking in views of Mt. Fuji.
The hotel lobby is lovely and upon arrival, we were greeted with a welcome drink. The hotel staff are very helpful and professional. We saw a wedding taking place at the hotel that day, so there are banquet style rooms as well as a wedding planning office.
The hallways of the hotel feel a bit dated, but the rooms are clean and comfortable. As we were travelling with older relatives that have knee problems and difficultly sitting on the floor on the Japanese seats, we requested for some chairs with legs which arrived promptly. The room comes with yukata, personal hand towel (to take to the onsen bath) and socks. The bath/shower in the bathroom is small, but we used the onsen bath, so that was not an issue.
The onsen is highly recommended! There is an indoor and outdoor bath. The outdoor bath offers a stunning view of Mt. Fuji, weather permitting. While we were there, it seemed like in the morning and around 5pm would be an ideal time to go to the baths (either the clouds burn out, or roll in and covers the view otherwise). For the women's bath, sake is offered outside during certain hours, while you enjoy soaking in the bath and the Mt. Fuji views. Unfortunately, the men's bath does not offer sake due to a prior incident, possibly involving a rowdy and drunk male. It is best to behave properly and respect others in the bathing area.
Right outside of the onsen entrance, there are massage therapists as well, you may book an appointment or walk in, first come first serve. They are professional and it was very relaxing after the bath!
The breakfast service was grand, they have everything from Japanese traditional items to Continental items, suitable for all. The dinner service is very nice as well, changing daily. Nice wine, beer and sake offerings including locally brewed ones.
The hotel has a garden that allows you to see Mt. Fuji on a clear day. The ropeway stop is just behind the hotel which allows you to go to the bottom where the lake is and it can go up the other way as well and it will take you to another ropeway you can transfer to go further down to the town. There are quite a few museums in that area, which you can go by car or taxi (Venetian glass museum, art museums, antique museums..etc)
A special place to relax and enjoy nature and the views.
A room with a Mt. Fuji view is 3000JPY extra. It is quite a stunning thing to look at when you wake...
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