We had never been to Japan before and visited as part of our honeymoon. We stayed here for one night to experience staying in a traditional style Japanese Ryokan with Onsen (natural spring hotbath) (We booked private bath accommodation). GORA-KANSUIRO is not cheap! But Ryokan’s of this type are not. We do not speak Japanese except for the basic greetings, thanks etc and neither do the staff, however we got by.
The place is only a couple of minutes walk from Gora station (for the cable car/lake Hakone circular route). We arrived early to drop off our bags, no problem so we could visit the open air sculpture park/museum (well worth the 15 min walk down the road - excellent). On our return we were greeted with Japanese tea and a local style sweet. After we enjoyed our natural hot spring bath, lovely after all the walking we had done over the previous days. We wore then on in provided Japanese clothing for the stay.
The meal served in our room was amazing and we tried everything put in front of us (not for the faint hearted). The many courses were served with no common language but the lady was very patient (we tried to translate some words as we went along with a book). All done with a smile. Drank beer and sake from the mini bar.
In the morning we walked around the Ryokan garden and pools/streams. The onsen was running overnight for another soak in the morning.
The place is old and looks old and a little tatty in places but this is the only negative aspect of the stay. It is very clean however. The attitude of the staff made it for us and I would recommend this stay to any of our friends. A little bit of traditional Japan is now left in our memories forever due to GORA-KANSUIRO and its wonderful staff. Nothing a little patience, manners and understanding cannot sort out !
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