Fuji-Hakone Guesthouse

To add local flavor to our stay in Hakone, we stayed at the Fuji-Hakone Guesthouse. It is a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) complete with an onsen (hot spring). We were pleasantly received, like old friends, by an English speaking Japanese girl. Most of the guests are backpackers and it has a college dorm feel to it. So you can just chat with anyone at the common living room while sipping your on the house tea.

The location is perfect and is just around 20 minutes away from tourist spots in Hakone. A 5 minute walk from the guesthouse will bring you to the Senkyoro-Mae Bus Stop and a Lawson Convenience store is just across it. You can get your cup noodle and other food here (I love the curry cup noodles). The price is also affordable at Y13,000 per night.

We had a tatami matted room with 2 large picture windows flanked by lush greeneries. The room and the communal bath, toilet are clean and well maintained. I didn’t feel icky at any moment.

They have an outdoor and indoor onsen (hot spring bath) which you have to book upon arrival at the guesthouse. The yutaka I'm wearing in the picture is provided and has to be worn going to and from onsen. You are allowed 30 minutes inside the hot spring. Please be considerate of the time and do not overstay. The group who went prior to us overstayed for 15 minutes and left us with just 15 minutes. Grrr! And of course, we didn’t want to overstay because, well, we were more considerate.

I didn’t get to take pictures too much of the guesthouse. So if you do stay there, hope you can share some of your pics. Please visit www.tripadvisor.com for pictures and more reviews. We booked the guesthouse through www.japaneseguesthouses.com. Please read my horrifying and hilarious onsen experience blog.

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