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“Very relaxing stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Tonosawa Ichinoyu Honkan
Ryokan
  |   90 Tonosawa, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi 250-0315, Kanagawa Prefecture (Tounosawa Onsen)   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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“Very relaxing stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

We used this hotel as a rest stop from Tokyo to Kyoto. We had spent the morning on the boat/cable car Hakone circuit for views of Mt Fuji and the lakes.
Travelling by local bus to the hotel in the evening was abit stressful as the hotel had an early check-in curfew (6pm) and we experienced very heavy traffic. So those coming via road should allow sufficient time.
Check-in was quick, your shoes are put in lockers and you are provided with slippers. Instantly felt relaxed. Experience was further enhanced by robes provided in the room – we wore ours (incorrectly) to dinner as we only discovered the instructions later. But it was fun.
Our room was a good size with a private tub in the garden. Having a private tub is great if you are not used to the traditional Japanese baths. The water was spring fed and was a constant warm temperature. It refilled itself constantly and was very clean. Such a great setting with the rushing stream in the background, which also ensured privacy.
The rest of the room was sparse and we slept on futons which we rolled out ourselves. It was so comfortable and was the best sleep that I had in my 1 week trip. Maybe that was due to a combination of the relaxing bath and the comfy futons. I believe that other ryokan prepare your beds for you and that you get dinner served in your room. However, for us, we thought that having our own tub was a good trade-off.
If I could suggest one area of improvement, that would be the food. They served a Kaiseki style menu and traditional breakfast. You can check this out on their website so you know what to expect. For a hotel of their size I thought maybe abit more choice could have been available. For example, breakfast was fish and rice with a few sides. Husband does not eat fish so settled on hungrily nibbling his satellite dishes (and mine!). Off course you could choose not to dine here and go out instead, but when we stay at a spa for some r&r, we don’t generally want to tramp around town.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

real old ryokan
sleep on futon on the floor
by the river, in a small old village in the mountains

Tounosawa train station upper in the mountain (3 mn from Hakone Yumoto train station), 5 mn walk by a little way under the trees. Otherwise the bus stops 1 mn away from the hotel. Shuttle from the hotel to the Hakone Yumoto train station (5 mn away).

very nice dinner and breakfast, several course meal.
bath: very beautiful, in stones, by the river. For prude people you can book a 30-mn private bath, in marble.

internet room, library.

Room Tip: traditional room to try the futon (but very hard). rooms with private stone bath on the balcony (bu...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Being a US born Japanese-American, I've become accustomed to western hotels and travel, but also have heard my mother, aunts and grandmother talk about the "onsen" (public bath) and sleeping on tatami mats. . . . . Needless to say, it was a very unique experience, between the onsen, sleeping on the floor and traditional Japanese breakfast. . . it definitely added to the cultural understanding of my family heritage.

The hotel was older, but the views overlooking the water and the sound of the rushing stream was so relaxing at night. I still like the comforts of western travel, but definitely a neat experience for a night or two !!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

This is pretty much the cheapest traditional hotel you will find in the Hakone area. Its a very old building nestled in a picturesque valley.

Overall we really enjoyed our stay, it was an interesting experience!

Pros:

Lovely large tatami room
Fantastic public onsen
Historic building
Nice futons
Air conditioning/reverse cycle/heatpump in room
New TV in the room
Super convenient for sightseeing
We had a beautiful outdoor private rock bath

Cons

The bathroom was not so clean, after visiting the public baths, I think the staff assume you will not be using your private bathroom.

The toilet was the smallest I've ever seen, about 1 yard square.

No WiFi, and the emobile pocket WiFi had no signal

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pulau Ubin, Singapore
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

We booked a room with a private onsen bath as we wanted the experience of staying in a Ryokan. The hotel is not too fancy, the rooms does show its age a little, the bathroom is dated, but I spent so little time in the bath, so it didn't really affect me that much. The onsen was a much needed relief after a long walk around the Hakone area, the meals were hearty and delicious. The bedding were thick and fluffy, so I had an early night and a very good sleep after a soak in the onsen. Comfortable and no frills. I peeked into the private onsen in the public area (available for guest to book for their own use), but wasn't too impressed as it didn't look very clean. But the shared onsen looks very clean and usually rather deserted. Service at the reception feel somewhat unfriendly, but it didn't bother me much as I had my itinerary all planned out.

Room Tip: If onsen is important to you, choose a room with a private onsen.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

We arrived with spa bus hakone yumoto station. the spa association staff has arranged us to us by this bus instead of public bus, due to our luggage with 13 peoples. a good gesture of them. and we can use our JR pass. the driver stopped us infront of the honkan, as been told by the staff.

It's simple ryokan, maybe that's why it's been called honkan instead of ryokan.
the rooms are standard, nothing special, and we have to lay our own bed to sleep. not as other ryokan that will prepare it for you at night.
Anyway japanese ryokan is not who require comfortable and luxury of modern hotel.
I personally will only want to try it and then move to western hotel, due to comfortability.

The breakfast and dinner are good and value for money. it is even better than if you just to average restaurant.

Overall , this hotel is good choice for first time ryokan-ner who want to try onsen type japanese traditional hotel.
NOt more than that.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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New Braunfels, Texas
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

All Ryokan hotels in the Hakone area are expensive especially those with onsen baths. Many are over 1000usd a night. This was good value at around 320usd for 2 people with dinner and a private onsen set into the balcony. It is a bit scruffy and in need of refurb but if you dont want to spend an absolute fortune, you just have to shut your eyes and enjoy.

I stayed here in Nov with my lover and we had the most wondeful time of our lives and spent hours in the private onsen, which was basically one half of the balcony...see photo. It was a pity that they dont come and serve your food in the room like other Ryokans though. One of us had the gourmet meal plan and we shared it but it was too much and not really worth the extra $20. The room was initially cold but it soon warmed up with the little wall mounted aircon. You also have to find and make up your own beds.

Would recommend the experience but I would not see the attraction of staying here unless you had a room with a private onsen. Easy walk in 20 mins from the station or taxi was about $8. The hotel is not marked correctly on the map on this website...it is just on the north west side of the left hand bridge below Tonosawa on map.

Room Tip: Any room with a private onsen bath.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 90 Tonosawa, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi 250-0315, Kanagawa Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kanto > Kanagawa Prefecture > Ashigarashimo-gun > Hakone-machi > Tounosawa Onsen
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#12 Best Value Hotel in Hakone-machi
#19 Top resorts Hotel in Hakone-machi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
'ICHINOYU' was founded in 1630 as a pioneer of the hot spring hotel industry in Hakone area and even painted by the famous UKIYOE painter - Ando Hiroshige. Here in the traditional environment,You'll surely be satisfied with Japanese culture. ... more   less 
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