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Reviewed September 5, 2012

WOW! My first trip to Japan and spent a night in true Japanese hospitality. Took the Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo. Barely a 30min ride and another 10mins in the taxi and we were transported to a world away from Sydney, my home. Enjoyed the onsen (bath) in the evening. I was with six Japanese hosts and boy did I shed my inhibitions immediately! Being starkers with many other men was a first for me. Lovely rooms, amazing toilets....seat lifted when you opened the door and was my first heated toilet seat. Great showers. Lovely twin beds with a nice view over the Japanese Gardens and stream. A delightful dinner & breakfast in true Japanese style with waitresses dressed in traditional kimonos serving us. One night was not enough and am determined to go back with my wife for a longer stay at this Ryokan and to Japan in general.

Room tip: Rooms on the 4th floor appeared to have been recently re-furbished and nice views of the hillside, gardens & stream
Date of stay: August 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled on business
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3  Thank gerardlee
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Reviewed June 4, 2011

I stayed for two nights in May 2011 before going on to Kyoto. My lasting impressions of the Yoshiike are the great onsen - particularly the outdoor one - the wonderful food and most of all the helpful staff, who made an effort to speak English and were very tolerant of the clumsy foreigner in their midst!

On checking it I was shown to the traditional tatami room, which also has a more western table-and-chairs earlier where one can eat if kneeling on the tatami is not your thing. I was shown where the onsen were, served Japanese tea and sweets and offered a choice of times to have dinner. After a bath (reading up on onsen etiquette in advance will only enhance the experience) one of the best meals I've ever had was served. This is full-on kaiseikei cuisine, with some elements that are challenging to the western palate; but all was fresh, full of flavour and beautifully presented.

I would definitely recommend the Yoshiike. Parts of the decor are a little faded and translating some of the signage around the hotel into English are very minor improvements that could be made. A ryokan stay is a very pleasant culture shock that should form a part of any Japanese holiday if possible.

Date of stay: May 2011
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Thank dsmetcalfe
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Reviewed July 30, 2010

This is an excellent ryokan - great food, beautiful garden and onsen, wonderful service. There were five of us and we were given a (by Japanese measures) huge room (two connecting bedrooms, two balconies, one bathroom). It is true the rooms were quite old, but well preserved and clean. Both balconies faced the garden (which is absolutely lovely by the way).

The food was good, traditional kaiseki ryori served in your room. You can choose a time slot for dinner as well as breakfast, and it was served very punctually. The staff did not seem to speak much English, but that was not a problem for us. Everyone we met were very welcoming and professional.
The location is very convenient for travelling to/from Tokyo (~7 minutes walk to the train station in Hakone-Yumoto), but still far enough from the town centre to be perfectly peaceful and quiet.

All in all a wonderful, relaxing stay - the perfect treat after a day of hiking/sightseeing.

Date of stay: July 2010
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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2  Thank arevan_1
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Reviewed May 16, 2010

Our stay at the Yosshiike Ryokan was shockingly bad and the worst ever out of the many hotels that we stayed at in our lives that involve a lot of travel. We arrived to be greeted in a hostile and ironic manner by a male staff at the reception who did not wish to answer my questions re: the procedures to book their spa - he just pointed me to the other staff member who took us striaght to our rooms without any explanation as the latter staff did not speak English. Our room was very dated, with numerous stains on the carpet and walls, lots of scratches and the whole place did not seem clean. There was no curtain at the bathroom or its window so we could not have a shower or otherwise the whole resort would have seen us from outside ! We went outside into the garden thinking at least this looked fairly nice - until we saw there a long snake that we were nearly bitten by.. unbelievable in a ryokan that costs over 33,000 yen per night. The food arrived, it looked and tasted disgusting - we can appreciate unusual dishes and had lots of goof traditional Japanese food but this was not edible and did not look fresh. We went to the spa but there was no way to book that and there was a long queue outside so we gave up. Overall, a terribly unpleasant experience so please save yourself the money and never stay at the Yoshiike Ryokan which is decaying away.

Date of stay: May 2010
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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11  Thank TRAVELLERMAUVE
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Reviewed November 18, 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed at the roykan (hotel) for three nights. We were served breakfast and dinner Kansei style (lots of dishes served on beautiful dinnerware). The food was delicious, but be prepared for a Japane breakfast. The location of the hotel is convenient and is in "downtown" Hakone. After a day of sightseeing, one can relax in the mineral baths.

The room we were assigned was a traditional Japanese room with mats, but dinner and breakfast were served at a dinning table with chairs.

I highly recommend seeing Hakone in the fall. Hakone rivals New England as far as the fall foliage.

Date of stay: November 2009
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Thank Gar396
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