Hakone is one of Japan’s most treasured jewels–an oasis where locals and visitors alike go to really unwind. Imagine breathing in sweeping views across Lake Ashinoko and white-topped Mount Fuji from the comfort of a balcony hot tub fed by thermal waters. Tempted?
If you’re wondering where to stay and you’re looking for an authentic experience that is just an hour from Tokyo, we can’t recommend enough staying in a Hakone ryokan–a traditional Japanese inn. You’ll be treated to delights like traditional multi-course meals of dishes like chilled appetisers, melt-in-your-mouth sashimi, grilled meats and fish, and classic nutritious soups. After a tranquil post-dinner soak in your terrace tub, you’ll be wrapping up in your kimono-style robe and stretching out on a futon bed atop tatami straw flooring to soak up that vibe of rest and relaxation.