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About Hakone

A haven in the mountains, Hakone has long been a popular destination for the citizens of Tokyo to unwind amidst the arms of Mother Nature. Waterfalls, picturesque villages and hot springs pepper the wooded mountains that encircle the heart of Hakone: the tranquil waters of Lake Ashi. The perfect place for a spa-break or a hiking holiday, Hakone is a truly magical place and our collection of the best places to stay in Hakone will put you under her spell.

Hakone is where the residents of Tokyo come to enjoy the famous hot springs (known as "onsen" in Japanese); the area brims with spoiling spa hotels and geothermal baths. Mount Hakone is an active volcano: the "onsen" are heated through underground springs that warm the water to 70 degrees, and subsequently feed the springs dotted across Hakone.

Life in Hakone moves slowly and thoughtfully. The perfect place to lose yourself in, it is full of waterfalls and lush forestry. During the autumn months, the trees shine brightly - a mix of evergreen, golden and red leaves - making it an intimate and romantic place. Put simply, it is a wonderful place to stroll and let your thoughts wander.

What Not to miss

  • Take the Tozan Cable Car, running from Sounzan to Lake Ashi, and drink in the amazing views of the mountains.
  • Explore the Owakudani Geothermal Valley, a crater on the mountainside - an active volcano omitting sulphurous fumes.
  • Stand at the famous Torii Gate overlooking Lake Ashi and explore the Hakone Jinja, a Shinto shrine.
  • Get lost in the Open-Air Museum and admire the hundreds of sculptures scattered about - from the likes of Picasso and Henry Moore!
  • Float happily along the waters of Lake Ashi, bathing in the glorious views of Mount Fuji.
  • Soak in one of the many hot springs of the area, heated by the underground fires of a volcano.

Hakone is the quintessential place for a spa-break. Pristine mountain air and delightful hot springs offer holidaymakers the chance to truly unwind. And our pick of the best places to stay in Hakone are ideal bases whether you're here for sightseeing or pampering!

The Best Places to Stay in Hakone

For a Rural retreat

  • The Fujiya Hotel claims to be one of Japan's oldest hotels, and offers elegant and spacious rooms with a European air to them. The hot springs and picturesque gardens offer guests ample opportunity to unwind.
  • The Fukuzumiro is a traditional hotel offering classically Japanese-rustic rooms complete with tatami mats and paper lanterns. The gourmet restaurant serves sumptuous regional fare and guests can unwind in the hot springs.

For a Spa break

  • Hotel Okada: boasting 5 fountainheads drawing hot spring water from a nearby mountain, this hotel offers classically Japanese rooms with epic views. There are hot thermal baths scattered throughout the hotel. For a different type of unwinding, check out their very own karaoke club!
  • Hotel Senkei: simple rooms, polished wooden floors and private hotspring baths, this charming and small hotel stands in a forest. Secluded and lovely, the spa offers rejuvenating treatments.

Barefoot luxury

  • Kinnotake Tonosawa: architecturally-stunning and in a secluded wooded location, offering 23 airy and minimalist rooms. The traditional restaurant serves up Kyo Kaiseki-style dining, and the grounds surrounding her are wonderful to get lost in.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Tokyo's Haneda International Airport or to Narita International Airport and travel to Hakone by train. The journey should take under two hours by road or rail.
  • The Hakone region is wonderful to explore by road! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Summers are warm, with temperatures hovering around 28°C, but our favourite time to visit the mountains is in the autumn, when the leaves glisten red and gold and temperatures are cooler.



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Best Hotels in Hakone

  • Fujiya Hotel Hakone (Hakone-machi) 146 rooms from £144

    Country Escape  -  Set in beautifully manicured gardens and offering complete tranquility.
    Restaurant  -  Fujiya- French cuisine, Kikka-so Inn-traditional Japanese kaiseki dinners, whilst Grill Wisteria offers western dishes.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor pools. Indoor pool uses natural spring water
    Great walks  -  Take gentle strolls through the Japanese gardens.
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    A traditional property set in manicured gardens and boasting the title of being one of Japan's oldest hotels. Spacious rooms are light and airy with a distinctly European feel. Numerous hot spring baths offer ample opportunity for unwinding. An elegant setting for relaxing breaks. See More

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  • Hotel Okada Hakone (Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa) 117 rooms from £153

    Hotel Entertainment  -  Spend an evening belting your your favourite tunes at the Karaoke Club, or listening to live music in the lobby
    Families  -  Families will appreciate the flexible room arrangements, with the option of multile futon beds in one space
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Hakone Shrine, 30 minutes from the hotel, for an insight into the region's culture and history
    Spa breaks  -  The property boasts five fountainheads, providing hot spring water directly from Mt. Yusaka.
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    A grand hotel set in stunning rural surrounds. Situated at the source of a natural hot spring, to hotel features numerous baths, aiding healing and relaxation. Contemporary rooms are inspired by Japanese design and boast large terraces and epic views. A spoiling rural escape. See More

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  • Fukuzumiro Hakone (Kanagawa) 17 rooms from £155

    Great walks  -  Find numerous scenic trails along the river and through the forest, or walk 30 minutes to the Amida-ji Temple
    Groups  -  Quadruple rooms are ideal for groups travelling together; this is a restful choice for a trip with friends
    Other Activities  -  Take the Hakone Tozan Mountain train for beautiful views of the mountains and historic villages
    Local exploring  -  An authentic property, ideal as a base for exploring the region.
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    A traditional property set within a picturesque forest. Japanese styled rooms feature tatami mats, roll-down futon beds and paper lanterns. Feast on regional dishes in the restaurant and unwind in natural spring baths. A charming rural escape. See More

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  • Hotel Senkei Hakone 15 rooms from £178

    Country Escape  -  An authentic Japanese rural escape complete with hot spring baths in stunning surroundings
    Trekking  -  Hike to the Chisuji Falls or around Ashi Lake, admiring birdlife and the forest
    Museums  -  The contemporary sculptures at the Hakone Open-Air Museum are a must-see
    Total relaxation  -  Private hot spring baths invite guests to unwind in absolute bliss
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    A charming traditional property set amidst a picturesque forest. Simply dressed rooms feature polished wooden floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, sink-into beds and private hot spring baths. Japanese meals are served in-room in the customary style, at low tables. One for couples, friends or families. See More

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  • Yushintei Hakone 12 rooms from £178

    Museums  -  Admire crafts at the Okada Museum of Art or the Hakone Garasu-no-mori Glass Museum
    Country Escape  -  A contemporary property hidden in a tranquil forest.
    Sights nearby  -  Ask the team to point you in the right direction to see numerous ancient shrines in the area
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the Odawara Castle Park, reconstructed in the 1960s
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    A smart rural property offering luxury accommodation in utterly tranquil surrounds. Rooms mix contemporary style with classical design and each boast private hot spring baths. Regional cuisine is lovingly prepared and served in a traditional manner. A relaxing base for exploring the region. See More

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  • Yama No Chaya Hakone 15 rooms from £156

    Foodies  -  Enjoy a daily-rotating menu of cuisine based on the hotel's unique dashi, drawing on seasonal, local ingredients
    Romantic Break  -  With stylish suites, a charming restaurant and tranquil setting, book this hotel for a hideaway couples' break
    Spa breaks  -  Offering traditional Japanese aromatherapy treatments, book this hotel for a restorative spa holiday
    Great walks  -  Explore the walking trails in the gardens at the Choanji Temple, a temple of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism in Sengokuhara
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    This traditional Japanese guesthouse is nestled on a suspension bridge across a mountain stream in Hakone. Guestrooms have classic tatami areas with the option of futon beds and a terrace where you can hear the murmuring of the water below. Relax and rejuvenate with a spa aromatherapy treatment. See More

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  • Laforet Club Hakone Gora Yunosumika Hakone 44 rooms from £207

    City Style  -  A smart hotel with contemporary interiors, offering a chic stay in a relaxed, hot springs-focused region
    Active Holiday  -  A tranquil abode with plenty of outdoor pursuits on offer, including hiking, kayaking and fishing
    Trekking  -  Take picturesque hikes along the river and through the forest with an expert botanist as a guide
    Golf  -  There are a huge number of scenic golf courses in the area, including Hakone-en Golf Course
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    A luxury property set amidst a forest and surrounded by mountains. Contemporary rooms boast stunning views, the best have open-air baths and tatami areas. Japanese and fusion cuisine is served in the restaurant. Find numerous outdoor pursuits in the area. An indulgent rural escape. See More

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  • Hakone Retreat Fore Hakone (Ashigarashimo Districts) 37 rooms from £215

    Architectural  -  Simple modern design lies somewhere between Japanese and Swedish styles and plenty of glass allows guests to enjoy the surrounds
    Spa breaks  -  A spoiling spa set within the forest has a wide range of treatments and there's an onsen too
    Groups  -  With suites sleeping up to four this is a great choice for small groups or families
    Great walks  -  Head out from the property on long walks through the forest
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    A contemporary hotel set within the forest in Hakone. Perfectly designed for a restorative stay; there's a large onsen, spa and the spaces are open, bright and minimalist. Gourmet cuisine is served in the two restaurants (one French and one Japanese). Ideally suited for both families and couples. See More

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  • KAI Hakone Hakone (Ashigarashimo) 32 rooms from £247

    Foodies  -  Gourmets will love the fabulous Japanese cuisine that you can sample on the tasting menu
    Total relaxation  -  A luxury property in a hot spring town; a destination primed for relaxation
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Hakone Shrine set on Ashinoko Lake. It looks particularly magical at night when it is all lit up by lanterns
    Views  -  The property enjoys stunning views from all rooms and the onsen
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    A luxurious hotel, part of the Hoshino Resorts group, designed on a traditional ryokan but with a definitively contemporary style. Spacious rooms have floor to ceiling windows to admire the forest views and guests can choose from Japanese or Western design. Featuring a large onsen and superb dining. See More

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  • Gora Kadan Hakone (Hakone-machi) 38 rooms from £346

    Foodies  -  Enjoy splendid Kaiseki cuisine at the restaurant, with traditional garnishes and seasonal ingredients
    Great walks  -  Wander through the lovely Hakone Gora Park or hike along forested paths in the nearby mountains
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in the onsen, enjoy extensive spa treatments or cool off in the swimming pool
    Museums  -  Walk to the Hakone Open Air Museum, just 10 minutes away on foot
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux

    The luxurious Gora Kadan is located amidst the mountainous beauty of Hakone's countryside. Formerly the holiday choice of the imperial family, it boasts chic and spacious traditional Japanese accommodation but with Western-style beds. A top-class and incredibly peaceful stay! See More

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  • Gora Hanaougi Hakone 20 rooms from £286

    Romantic Break  -  With stylish suites designed by local craftsmen featuring romantic open-air baths, book this hotel for a unique couples' break
    Spa breaks  -  Experience the benefits of Japanese-style Onsen or hot baths at this hotel's spa facilities, perfect for a spa break
    Back to Nature  -  Set in the verdant, hot springs town of Gora, book this hotel for a tranquil back-to-nature retreat
    Great walks  -  Discover the town on foot with a long walk; stop at the pretty Hakonegora Koen Nettai Botanical Gardens on the way
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    This Japanese-style luxury hotel is located in the hot springs resort town of Gora. The spacious and elegant guest suites feature native wood beams and open-air baths, with views of the Gairin Mountain and neighbouring forest. Enjoy seasonal cuisine in the hotel's traditional dining room. See More

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  • Ginyu Ryokan Hakone (Ashigarashimo-gun) 20 rooms from £373

    Hideaway  -  Ponder the wilderness as you hide away on your private terrace & feast on tradtional fare in your suite
    Romantic Break  -  A quiet atmosphere, lovely accommodation & gorgeous surroundings, perfect for a romantic getaway
    Other Activities  -  Treat yourself to a massage or relax in the outdoor bath and enjoy the views
    Yoga  -  Morning yoga with a view of the ravine is very special
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    The idyllic Ginyu Ryokan is set amidst Hakone's mountains and lush forests. It offers traditional Japanese-style accommodation with private onsens on the terrace - perfect for enjoying the dramatic views! Savour authentic kaiseki cuisine, or kick back at the spa. A peaceful & rejuvenating stay. See More

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  • Hakone Kowakien Ten Yu Hakone 150 rooms from £311

    Romantic Break  -  With charming guestrooms and an acclaimed restaurant serving Japanese and Western cuisine, book this hotel for a romantic break
    Local exploring  -  Set on the edge of Hakone, within easy distance of the city's attractions, book this hotel for a relaxing base for sightseeing
    City Style  -  With Japanese-style rooms featuring traditional onsen or open-air baths, book this hotel for local city style
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Chisuji Falls, less than 15 minutes' walk from the hotel; the waterfall is located in a beautiful natural setting
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    This traditional Japanese ryokan is an oasis of calm on the edge of Hakone with spectacular Mount Fuji views. Soak in an open-air bath or 'onsen' in the comfort of your room after a teppanyaki dinner at the hotel's fifth-floor restaurant; an ideal spot for a romantic getaway. See More

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  • Kinnotake Tonosawa Hakone (Kanagawa) 23 rooms from £459

    Other Activities  -  Head to the Ōwakudani Valley to marvel at the steaming hot springs from which the Hakone region has become famous
    Total relaxation  -  Hidden away in a forest and with rooms boasting private hot spring baths, this is a very relaxing spot
    Golf  -  Play a round at one of the three scenic golf courses within 30 minutes of the hotel
    Romantic Break  -  A restful and romantic adults-only escape for nature-focused couples
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    An architecturally stunning hotel in an enviable forest location. Rooms have a modern, organic feel with a touch of traditional Japanese style; think plenty of wood, clean lines, picture frame windows and hot spring tubs. A speciality restaurant serves up "Kyo Kaiseki" style dining. Fabulous. See More

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  • Hakone Retreat Villa 1/f Hakone (Ashigarashimo District) 11 rooms from £450

    Romantic Break  -  Cosy suites complete with hot spring baths and fireplaces and an adult-only policy, this is perfect for a couples' retreat
    Designer  -  Simple modern architecture designed with large windows draws the eye to the beautiful surrounds
    Hideaway  -  Set just two hours from Tokyo yet it feels a million miles away hidden in the forest
    Restaurant  -  Choose between the Japanese restaurant or French style wood-fired cuisine
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    An adult-only hotel comprising of 11 spacious suites hidden within Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The simple contemporary design takes inspiration from traditional Japanese style. Suites boast hot spring baths and wood-burning stoves. Just two hours from Tokyo, this is perfect for a romantic escape. See More

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  • Yoshimatsu Hakone 19 rooms from £503

    Local exploring  -  With the sights of Hakone close by, this hotel makes a great base for local exploring in and around the city
    Romantic Break  -  Book a luxury suite with an open-air terrace onsen for added indulgence on your romantic getaway
    Back to Nature  -  Set on a hill with beautiful lakeside views, book this hotel for a tranquil retreat to nature
    Great walks  -  Hakone has beautiful hiking trails which provide scenic walks to snowy peaks. Some of the original stone pavements remain
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    This classic ryokan is located steps from Lake Ashi in Hakone. The spacious guestrooms feature tatami areas and outdoor hot spring baths with Mount Fuji views. Relax in the hotel's serene Japanese gardens after a traditional kaiseki ryori dinner, brought to your room. See More

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  • KAI Sengokuhara Hakone 16 rooms from £517

    Foodies  -  Foodies are spoiled for choice at this hotel, with a mouthwatering menu of contemporary kaiseki cuisine and traditional drinks
    Art Classes  -  Participate in the hotel's free nightly tenugui workshops, a traditional Japanese art of painted handkerchiefs
    Romantic Break  -  With romantic hot spring baths in every room, book this hotel for a relaxing couples' escape
    Trekking  -  Go trekking up Mount Fuji; enquire at the hotel for assistance with booking a tour package
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    This hot spring ryokan is set near Hakone in a beautiful natural setting in the mountains. Elegant guestrooms feature private outdoor baths fed by waters from the Owakudani volcanic valley & views over Sengokuhara. Sample kaiseki meals with an emphasis on locally sourced seafood. Romantic luxury. See More

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