From Affordable to Family-Friendly - 21 Hotels in Hakone Worth Staying In!
The town of Hakone has long been one of the most popular vacation destinations in Japan. It is most famous for its onsen (hot springs) and views featuring Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashinoko. Although a hot spring resort might sound like an upscale recreation, there are many hotels that offer reasonable prices and kid-friendly options while still providing natural onsen facilities. Below are 22 recommended hotels that you may want to consider when planning your trip to Hakone.
Jan 23 2019 (Sep 09 2020)
1. Hotel Ra Kuun [Moto Hakone]
Hotel Ra Kuun is located at an altitude of 800m in the mountains overlooking Lake Ashinoko. The area is rich with historical sites that date back to the Edo period (1603 - 1868), so it is a prime location to base your trip to Hakone.
Within the hotel is an onsen facility that is available to guests 24 hours a day! From the open-air bath, you will be able to view a starry sky at night and hear the birds chirping as you absorb the fresh air in the morning.
Whether you're traveling alone or vacationing with a group, the hotel has your accommodation needs covered. There are 3 types of rooms to choose from: Japanese-style room with tatami and futon bedding, Western-style room with beds, and a mix of both. The largest unit can fit up to 6 guests and is recommended for families traveling with small children.
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2. Yumoto Station Hotel MIRAHAKONE [Hakone Yumoto]
For those traveling by train and on a budget, this is an ideal hotel located just outside Hakone Yumoto Station! Yumoto Station Hotel Mirahakone welcomes its guests with complimentary drinks upon check-in, and visitors can expect friendly service from the staff.
The clean rooms, though not overly spacious, are nonetheless, fully equipped with private in-room bathrooms, basic toiletries, a flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi.
The hotel is conveniently located at the heart of Hakone with great access to the major sightseeing locations and onsen facilities by foot or via the main bus station. There is also an Italian restaurant right next door and the hotel serves breakfast upon request, so you’re sure to have a pleasurable stay!
3. Hakonenomori Okada [Yumoto Chaya]
Located just 5 minutes away on foot from Hakone Yumoto Station, Hakonenomori Okada is part of a large lodging and onsen facility at the center of town. Surrounded by abundant nature, guests will be able to enjoy the excellent views that change every season.
Travelers will have full access to the onsen facilities located in the grounds of the hotel. Hakonenomori Okada has its own source of natural hot springs and offers a broad range of baths in a spacious and partially open-air environment that will definitely leave the guests in a state of relaxation.
The rooms at the hotel are available in three types: traditional Japanese, Western-style, or a mix of both with a tatami section within a Western-style bedroom. You may even be able to enjoy a magnificent view of the mountains in the comfort of your own room!
4. Hakone Sengokuhara Prince Hotel [Sengokuhara]
Hakone Sengokuhara Prince Hotel is a luxury resort hotel featuring a golf course and tennis courts located on the scenic outskirts of Hakone. It's located quite close to the famous Pola Museum of Art and the Hakone Venetian Glass Museum. Although it is easiest to access by car, the hotel can provide a free shuttle service from Odawara Station to guests upon request.
The recently renovated onsen facility now features a new open-air bath where you can enjoy a nice relaxing bath time while taking in the spectacular landscape.
All of the rooms come with a view of the country club and the mountain range in the backdrop - it's an impressive sight to wake up to! Make sure to book your stay with the breakfast option for their splendid buffet featuring local and seasonal specialties.
5. Kagetsuen [Sengokuhara]
Traveling with little ones? This hotel just might be for you. Hotel Kagetsuen is located in the Sengokuhara area surrounded by the Hakone mountain range. The location is a bit remote, but the natural environment provides a quiet getaway from the bustle of the city.
There are various room types available to suit the number of guests. The Semi-Western room with a tatami area and the Japanese room are both available for groups of four or five. The hotel offers kid-friendly vacation packs with free drinks and toys, as well as free rentals of kid-size yukata (light fabric kimono used as bathrobes and nightgowns at inns) and slippers, diaper bins, and baby bath goods. What’s more, within the hotel are private family onsen that guests can use around the clock. The parents can take a few moments to soak their tired bodies while the kids enjoy the extra large bath.
The two restaurants available within the hotel both offer a panoramic view of the surrounding greenery. The breakfast buffet is a mix of Japanese and Western-style cuisines of over 40 dishes, so it should be more than enough to power up your morning!
6. Tonosawa Quatre Saisons [Tonosawa]
Located in the scenic valley along the Hayakawa River, Tonosawa Quatre Saison offers a quiet and peaceful stay accompanied by spectacular views and fresh air.
The hotel serves hearty meals of mainly traditional Japanese cuisine in their restaurant overlooking the river. How refreshing is it to be able to have a leisurely breakfast while watching the soothing flow of the water from your table?
The guest rooms are quite spacious by Japanese standards and fully equipped with a private bathroom and basic toiletries. While some rooms even come with hot springs drawn into their baths, guests can also enjoy some private onsen time in the public bath facilities in the evenings from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am.
7. Yuugiriso [Hakone]
Are you looking for the full Japanese ryokan (inn) experience? Housed in a traditional Japanese building close to the historical Hakone Checkpoint and just a few minutes' walk from Lake Ashinoko, Yuugiriso offers everything you would expect from an onsen lodging.
The hot springs include a large public onsen and open-air bath. The sulfur-rich water is said to be effective in alleviating joint pain, bruising, gynecological disorders, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, and chronic dermatitis. There is also a “family bath” for those who wish to use the bath in private. Most of the guest rooms have a private bathroom, but consider it a valuable opportunity to enjoy the typical Japanese onsen.
Yuugiriso accommodates its guests in a traditional tatami room with futon bedding. The biggest bonus of this is that a full course kaiseki (traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) is served right within the comfort and privacy of your own room! Make sure to change into your yukata after your bath if you wish to follow the Japanese way of enjoying onsen ryokan.
8. Hotel-Tukinoya [Miyanoshita]
Another authentic Japanese ryokan is Tukinoya, which has been operating since 1911. It is situated in the center of the tourist area of Hakone so it has great access to the major attractions. The friendly neighborhood has a local feel and you can expect a warm, hospitable service from the ryokan owners.
The onsen here is said to have healed the wounds of the samurai lords back in the day. Guests are free to book the three baths available at the ryokan for private use.
Guests can choose a Japanese-style room or a modernized version featuring tatami rooms with beds. The spacious rooms are designed with large windows that let in abundant natural light, creating a cozy and relaxing atmosphere.
9. Sundance Resort Hakone Gora [Gora]
Located at the center of Hakone’s popular hot spring resort of Gora is the Sundance Resort. It is easily accessible by train and is only a hop and a skip away from Gora Station and other transportation services in the vicinity.
Be prepared to pamper yourself with a relaxing dip in the onsen and fine Japanese dishes prepared with the seasonal and local ingredients of Hakone.
The guest rooms are designed with modern Japanese aesthetics that are calming and cozy. Although some rooms don't have private bathrooms, you will have full access to the public hot springs within the hotel. It is overall a pleasant place to stay for a reasonable price.
10. TKP LecTore Hakone Gora [Gora]
LecTore is another hotel in the Gora area with the closest station being Naka Gora Station, which is just 5 minutes away on foot. The hotel is recommended for those who wish to casually enjoy a nice Japanese onsen vacation without putting too much stress on the wallet.
Here you can satisfy your palate with traditional Japanese cuisine of the season. Pictured above is the winter course that includes shabu-shabu (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables) and golden eye snapper simmered in a soy sauce-based sauce. Their breakfast buffet has a variety of Japanese and Western dishes that you can pick and choose from.
The newly renovated rooms are clean and supplied with the basic amenities needed for a comfortable stay. Pictured above is the Superior Twin Room with a private open-air bath on the balcony. Some of the rooms do not have a bath; however, there are two types of public onsen in addition to two other baths which guests can reserve for private use for a fee.
11. Hotel Hakone Powell [Sengokuhara]
Hotel Hakone Powell is a hot spring resort located in forested hills home to native birds. You can immerse yourself in nature and enjoy some great views of the mountains and lush greenery. If you’re the athletic type, you might enjoy their tennis courts and indoor pool, too.
The two public onsen facilities draw their hot springs from Owakudani and Gora. The onsen sourced from Owakudani is milky in color and is effective for ailments such as atopic dermatitis, chronic stationary psoriasis, diabetes, and skin infections. The Gora onsen is transparent in color and is said to relieve cut wounds, peripheral circulatory disorders, poor blood circulation, depression, and dry skin among others. Both offer spectacular views, and there is even an open-air bath adjacent to the Gora onsen.
Hotel Hakone Powell offers a variety of room types ranging in prices to fulfill the needs of the guests. They are spaciously designed and well-maintained with some rooms even offering a view of Mt. Fuji from the windows. The fresh air and the sounds of the birds drifting from the surrounding forest should be a welcoming feature, especially in the morning.
12. Hotel Marroad Hakone [Gora]
Well-situated in the hilly mountains and surrounded by lush greenery is Hotel Marroad Hakone. The hotel is a comfortable walking distance from the nearest cable car station, but they also provide free shuttle buses to and from Gora Station for those who find it a challenge to walk the steep hills.
The onsen facility includes indoor and outdoor baths that feature natural hot springs sourced from Owakudani, as well as a sauna to provide relaxation as you wind down for the day. The open-air onsen is particularly pleasant on a clear night when the stars and the moon can be observed shining brightly in the sky.
The guest quarters range in style from Western to Japanese-Western (Western beds in a tatami room), and are relatively roomy and comfortably furnished. Their full course French dinner and the breakfast buffet are also highly acclaimed, so do make sure to inquire about the meal choices.
13. Gora Hotel Paipu No Kemuri [Gora]
Conveniently located near Gora Station, Paipu No Kemuri offers affordable lodging complete with onsen and satisfying buffets for both dinner and breakfast.
The onsen is sourced from Gora, and guests can enjoy the hotel’s indoor and outdoor baths. There is also a private bath available upon request if you pay a slightly extra fee.
Guest rooms can accommodate up to four people in a room and all are furnished with beds, a bathroom and toilet, and free Wi-Fi. What’s more, the neighborhood is dotted with shops and restaurants so there’ll be plenty of activities to enjoy nearby.
14. Hakone Kogen Hotel [Moto Hakone]
Hakone Kogen Hotel is not the most accessible lodging when traveling by train; however, its slightly remote location makes for a quiet getaway surrounded by a rich natural environment.
The onsen facilities provide two different types of hot springs that have varying therapeutic benefits due to their distinctive water qualities. The public baths, both indoor and outdoor, are large enough to stretch out and completely immerse your body in. Private onsen are also available with an additional fee.
Guests will be treated with omotenashi (hospitality) from the staff as they make themselves at home in the spacious Japanese-style tatami rooms. This is a superb location to stay with children or in large groups. Some of the rooms are designed with a wooden terrace that opens to the garden, so guests can enjoy the fresh air and panoramic view.
15. Itoen Hotel Hakone Yumoto [Yumoto Chaya]
Another hotel that is great value for the money is Itoen Hotel Hakone Yumoto. Budget travelers can still have a pleasurable stay that includes relaxing onsen and sauna, hearty meals, and free karaoke.
There are large public hot springs as well as an open-air bath which are said to be effective for neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, recovery from illness, recovery from fatigue, and improved overall health.
Most of the rooms at this hotel are Japanese-style with futon, and since the futon can be stored away, there is plenty of space even if you are traveling in a group.
16. Hakone Lake Hotel [Moto Hakone]
Designed under the concept of “a casual resort”, Odakyu Hakone Lake Hotel offers a pleasant vacationing location right near Lake Ashinoko at very reasonable prices. With the lake and the surrounding tourist attractions just a few minutes walk away, it is an ideal hotel at which to base your trip.
The recently renovated natural hot spring bath with a sauna is available from 3:00 pm to 11:30 pm, and from 5:30 am to 9:30 am. The onsen is stylishly decorated with luscious greenery that is in sync with the serenity of the surrounding nature.
The guest rooms have also been upgraded with modern Japanese features; though somewhat compact, they still offer a comfortable space for the guests. Keep in mind that most of the rooms are not equipped with a private bath and some require shared toilets, so make sure to book according to your personal requirements. Pictured above is the largest room option, the Japanese-Western room, which can house up to 6 people and comes with a private toilet.
17. Yumoto Fujiya Hotel [Hakone Yumoto]
Looking to spend an active and fun-packed vacation with the whole family? Yumoto Fujiya Hotel is situated just 3 minutes away from Hakone Yumoto Station on foot with easy access to the major sightseeing spots in the area. There is also a car rental service on the property to make it even easier to explore the area with accompanying children or seniors. In addition, there are extra amenities for rent that cater to small children such as children’s sleepwear, baby toilet seat, bath chair, etc., and on the 2nd floor of the hotel is a kid’s playroom that is stocked with books and toys.
The onsen facilities have indoor and outdoor baths that are enclosed within the forested hills so you can relax and absorb the bounties of nature with all five of your senses. A private bath is also available to guests for an extra fee.
Western, Japanese, and Japanese-Western rooms are available to the guests. Again, if you are traveling with a family, there is the option of booking the Japanese-Western family room where you can stay with your whole family (up to four people) in a spacious room with a view. The outdoor pool is open during the summer season so make sure to pack your swimsuits, too!
18. Mount View Hakone [Sengokuhara]
Mount View Hakone is a traditional Japanese ryokan located in the hilly Sengokuhara area, and although it is remote, there is a bus stop in front of the ryokan for those traveling by train. Once there, you’ll be able to enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings.
The shared onsen facilities feature natural hot spring water called Nigori-yu, aptly named due to its milky and cloudy color. There are three types of private baths that guests can reserve with an additional fee. The view of the bamboo grove from the onsen is a sight to see!
The rooms are designed in the traditional Japanese ryokan style with tatami rooms and futon bedding accompanied by lavish kaiseki cuisine and a Japanese breakfast. At Mount View Hakone, guests can experience the full Hakone onsen culture!
19. Ashinoko Ichinoyu [Moto Hakone]
Ashinoko Ichinoyu is located very close to the cruise boat terminal and the ropeway station at Lake Ashinoko, which is a great area to begin your Hakone tour.
Guests will be able to enjoy a nice and relaxing onsen time. What the public onsen lacks in extravagance, it makes up for with a private open-air bath which guests can book upon arrival at no extra charge.
The above is the newly renovated Japanese style twin room equipped with a tatami space to lounge in, as well as an attached bathroom and toilet. There are Western and Japanese style rooms also available to accommodate the needs of the guests.
20. Ichinoyu Honkan [Tonosawa]
This riverside ryokan is known for its historical Japanese building that was constructed in the style of a traditional sukiya (tea ceremony house). Ichinoyu Honkon is bursting with Japanese ambiance and is a highly recommended spot for those who are staying in an onsen ryokan for the first time.
The large public onsen are indoor baths that overlook the Hayakawa Valley, and there is also a private onsen that is available for reservation.
All of the guest rooms overlook the streaming river with a view of the surrounding forest and are designed in the very authentic Japanese ryokan style. What’s more, this inn offers rooms with a private outdoor or partially open-air onsen for you to enjoy as many times and however long as you want!
21. Hakone Hotel [Hakone]
Hakone Hotel is a lakeside resort with gorgeous views of Lake Ashinoko and Mt. Fuji. The hotel offers a free shuttle from Odawara Station, so it can be easily accessed by trains.
The onsen facilities are stylishly designed and offer a natural environment for you to enjoy during a nice relaxing bath time.
Although mostly Western, the guest rooms are very spacious and offer magnificent views from the windows. If you’re lucky you may even be able to see Mt. Fuji.
The hotel’s restaurant is also highly acclaimed for their outstanding meal options and services - especially their breakfast buffet - so do make sure to book them as well!
Onsen in Japan are a time-honored practice to soothe the body and soul, and Hakone has long been established as a hot spring destination that continues to attract domestic and international visitors to this day. If you plan a trip to Hakone, let this list be a guide to give you an idea of the types of lodging that are available!
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