Hakone, Ginyu Ryokan 

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Hakone is a small town that is about 100 kilometres from Tokyo.  It is famous for its hot spring and natural beauty.

For our trip to Tokyo, we decided to take a detour to Hakone for its hot spring.  The easiest way to get there is by Shinkansen (bullet train).  We took the train from Tokyo station and it took about 40 mins to Hakone train station, then we took a taxi to our hotel located in the mountain.  You can also take the local Mountain Train up to the mountain.  The resort we stayed is tucked away in the lush mountains of Hakone.

We stayed at Hakone-Ginyu Ryokan.  Ryokan is a type of traditional Japanese inn with a tatami-matted room.

The view from the resort is spectacular; we were surrounded by Hakone Mountains with Haya-Kawa River below.  It is the most amazing Zen experience.


In the common area, there are two communal hot spring baths, one for male and one for female, the bath tubs were made with beautifully crafted stones.  

Visitors must wear yukata when visit communal baths and other public areas.

Photos of our room, it included an indoor and outdoor hot spring baths.

Our tatami bed 🙂

It was our first hot spring experience.  I must said I really enjoyed the soaking and I felt so relax for the rest of the day 🙂

I recommend anyone visiting Japan to experience the hot spring.


Visited 2009 June


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