We chose this ryokan because it seemed to have that traditional edge but with all the modern facilities. We were not disappointed. It is definitely quite expensive to stay here, almost AUD500 a night, but we stayed 2 nights and did not regret it. The room had comfortable futons, excellent toilet and shower facilities and a traditional tub on the balcony. The hotel serves complimentary afternoon tea/coffee and snacks and apparently complimentary ramen after 10 pm. However, the amount of food served at dinner was such that we were never left hungry and were completely stuffed by the end of it. Now to the meals. This is probably what you're really paying for. You have two options for dinner, kaiseki (several courses of food) and shabu shabu (hot pot style with delicious meats). I personally preferred shabu shabu. For breakfast they serve several courses of traditional Japanese cuisine including sashimi and grilled fish. As a westerner, I didn't enjoy this experience that much, but my wife did. The private onsens were excellent if you are willing to withstand the cold weather during the waiting period! The location - Hakone, was stunning. We took the loop, which we highly recommend. It involves taking the train up the mountain, cable car, cruise and then bus back to Gora station. Stunning views of Mt Fuji and the general landscape. It's quite cold so we would recommend putting the layers on before you do this.
Given the price of this hotel, we would probably suggest people stay one night. Check in time is strictly 3 pm and check out is 11 am. So it might be an idea to check in your luggage before 3 pm and go on the loop, come back check in and enjoy the hotel/onsens for the rest of your stay. Easy to pack it all in to the one night.
The hotel is the nearest hotel to Gora station and is literally opposite the station. Gora station is where the train up the mountain is.
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- Also Known As:
- Setsugetsuka Hotel Hakone-Machi