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Yamatoya Hotel at Hakone Onsen


Local Train Station: Takayama
From Tokyo: From Tokyo station go to Odawara using either the JR Shinkansen Express (Kodama) or JR Tokaidou line. From Odawara, take a bus to Miyanoshita. Be aware that there are many travel options to Miyanoshita. This is the quickest route from Tokyo, but there are others.
Travel Time: Tokyo to Odawara by Kodama, 40 minutes; by Tokaidou line, 1 hr. 40 minutes. Bus to Miyanoshita, 30 minutes. Total travel time approx. 2 hours.

Location/Contact Info

Address: Miyanoshita, Hakone
Tel: 460-2-2261
Fax: 460-2-2265
Web: www.hakone.or.jp/yam... (Japanese only)


Price: Rates start at Y10,000 (including breakfast and dinner). The ryokan has 21 Japanese-style rooms.
Days Closed: None
Day Visit Option: Y2,000 (11:00am - 2:30pm)
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The Water

Onsen Specifics: Two indoor baths (one for men, one for women). Two outdoor baths (one for men, one for women). Three mixed/family outdoor baths.
Water Good For: Rheumatism, skin problem, stomach problems, womens' problems, nervous disorders, hardening of the arteries, muscle pain, fatigue.
Water Composition: Sodium chloride springs.

This ryokan is located in the Miyanoshita Onsen area, an upscale resort located in the center of Hakone onsen, one of Japan's most popular and well-known hot springs districts. If you get to Miyanoshita, you'll be among many foreigners who come to Hakone to vacation and pamper themselves, but if you decide to stay at the Yamatoya Hotel, you will escape the bustle of Miyanoshita proper.

The hotel is reached by a private gondola which is referred to as the "dream gondola." You'll be in an isolated area, but be forewarned, the ryokan is not modern, so it best suits those who enjoy a remote and traditional experience.

The private nene-noyu bath, which requires a short walk from the main buildings, is available to all guests for a short 30-minute bathing session daily. This in a secluded spot away from the hotel.

The ryokan has a gallery, library, and cafe on the premises -- all open to day visitors. And two noteworthy points: the ryokan allows pets, and has many toys available for guests with children.

A final bit of trivia: Stevie Wonder was once a guest at the ryokan

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