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Heather B
Manchester, United Kingdom

Lovely hotel, great food

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 Mar 2024via mobile
Quaint hotel, located in Hakone.

Our room had its own outdoor onsen, however there’s no heating on the balcony so it was very cold!

The restaurant provides the traditional 5 course kaiseki meal in the evening, which includes quite a bit of fish, including sushi. We don’t really eat fish so on the second night, the chef made us a version without fish, which was delicious.

The breakfast was superb - lots of different options.

The Hakone Open-Air Museum is within walking distance although you can also get the bus.
Date of stay: March 2024
Room Tip: The hotel adjoins another hotel over the road which is connected via a bridge. There is a...
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nakamura Yuki, お客様サービス / フロント オフィス at Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu, responded to this review
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It was truly our pleasure to welcome you to Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu.
We appreciate your great review on your stay.
We are glad to hear that the breakfast and the location met your expectations.
We will continue to try our best to provide our guests with pleasant stay.
We hope this Hakone trip becomes unforgettable and exceptional memory for you. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel again on your next opportunity to visit Hakone.
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
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Reviewed 30 March 2024 via mobile

After a trek to get to the hotel given its location it was far busier than we expected with a wait to check in in reception. Room was nice with space and the balcony overlooking the gardens with a bath tub fed directly by hot springs a nice touch. The beds were comfortable but the rest of the room a little tired - the shower felt like I was camping with plastic walls and floor and far too cramped given the rest of the amenities it felt out of place. That said the room was quiet and we enjoyed relaxing before dinner.

We had a dinner and breakfast included rate booked by our travel agent. While the entry greeters were nice we were sat at a table next to each other staring at a window (it’s night time so only a reflection of us as the view) which was rather odd. Food was preset and not the quality expected and had elsewhere in Japan which was a real let down. The sushi pre frozen and chewy for example. You also had to visit a buffet area for your rice and later dessert. They only offered coffee not even green tea on the buffet too! While the staff were nice and made it feel like an experience i would rather have been given a choice of food (appreciating we had a preset dinner) and it have been higher quality. Breakfast was a huge disappointment- cramped space and people all over the place with their trays trying to navigate the poorly laid out buffet. Worse than school dinners!. Not a relaxing spa type experience!!

The free shuttle bus stops in lots of places to Gora and takes ages, there’s a bus you can take at the bottom of the car park that’s public and is faster to be honest. Also a bus put on by the hotel up to the ropeway start would have been more helpful as it’s far closer than Gora and you don’t then have to get the cable car up.

Given the weather and the Ropeway being closed we decided to check out a day early and not subject ourselves to the same dinner format and breakfast chaos. Real shame as I’m sure it could be a great hotel/ or was.

Room tip: Avoid eating here
Date of stay: March 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nakamura Yuki, お客様サービス / フロント オフィス at Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2024

It was truly our pleasure to welcome you to Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu.
We appreciate your review on your stay.
We are glad that you liked the private bath tub on the balcony and comfort of the bed in your room.
However, we apologize that we fell short of your expectations about the dinner and breakfast.
Regarding the matter you pointed out to us, we will discuss with the manager of the restaurant and make efforts to improve with this matter.
Your feedback is very much appreciated and surely helps us to improve our service.
We hope to have another opportunity to welcome you again at TEN-YU and to exceed your expectations.
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU

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Reviewed 5 March 2024

Lovely Ryokan experience.
Awesome breakfast and dining experience as well! Really loved that I could have my onsen experience from the privacy of my own balcony (each room comes with a private spring-fed open air bath).
Hakone, the town itself is gorgeous with plenty to do should you choose to leave the grounds or if staying for more than 1 night.

Date of stay: May 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Nakamura Yuki, お客様サービス / フロント オフィス at Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2024

Thank you for having stayed with us at Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu.
We appreciate your perfect rating to us.
We are delighted that the breakfast and dinner food at our hotel met your expectations.
In addition, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the private bath on the balcony.
We will continue to try our best to provide our guests with pleasant stay.
The scenery always changes and you can see the different beautiful nature in every season.
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and sincerely hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future.
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU

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Reviewed 1 January 2024 via mobile

Beautiful hotel, friendly staff, excellent food. Their rooms with private onsens overlooking the mountains were beautiful. It was worth getting up at 6:30am for the sun rise while enjoying the open bath experience. What a view from there! Highly recommended.

Room tip: Be prepare to go up some steep hills
Date of stay: December 2023
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nakamura Yuki, お客様サービス / フロント オフィス at Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2024

It was truly our pleasure to welcome you to Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu.
We appreciate your perfect rating and wonderful comments to us.
We are glad to hear that we were able to provide you with a comfortable stay.
We are also very pleased to hear that you had a great ONSEN experience during your stay.
The view is one of the featured points of Ten-Yu and you can see the different great scenery in every season.
We hope this Hakone trip becomes unforgettable and exceptional memory for you. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel again on your next opportunity to visit Hakone.
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU

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Reviewed 15 December 2023

We had an exceptional experience at the stunning Ryokan. The spacious and comfortable room, complete with an outdoor bath featuring onsen (hot spring water) on the balcony, provided a truly delightful and exhilarating retreat. The pleasant bar and the very good restaurant for dinner, along with the extensive breakfast choices, added to the overall satisfaction.

It's worth highlighting the convenience of the regular shuttle bus into Gora, particularly valuable for those arriving by bus, saving a walk up the hill. The staff were consistently nice throughout our stay, contributing to a memorable and enjoyable visit

Room tip: If you can get a room with the hot springs bath on the balcony
Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nakamura Yuki, お客様サービス / フロント オフィス at Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2023

Thank you so much for having stayed at Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU.
We appreciate your perfect rating to us.
We are glad to hear that we were able to provide you with a comfortable stay.
In addition, we are glad to hear you that you liked the outdoor bath on the balcony and that you enjoyed the dinner and breakfast.
We will continue to try our best to provide our guests with pleasant stay.
We hope this Hakone trip becomes unforgettable and exceptional memory for you. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel again on your next opportunity to visit Hakone.
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU

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Reviewed 9 December 2023

Stunning Ryokan, friendliest of staff, very comfortable spacious room with onsen (hot spring water) on balcony into outdoor bath delightful and exhilerating, pleasant bar with classic live music in evening, very good restaurant for dinner and huge choice for breakfast. Regular shuttle bus into Gora to pick up train/cable car etc. Open air museum (a must visit) closeby. We took taxi to Tokyo Haneda airport - very expensive!

Date of stay: November 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nakamura Yuki, お客様サービス / フロント オフィス at Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2023

Thank you for choosing to stay with us on your recent visit to Hakone.
We appreciate your perfect rating to us.
We are glad to hear that we were able to provide you with a comfortable stay.
We are also highly pleased that you liked the private bath on the balcony and that you were satisfied with the dinner and breakfast.
The scenery always changes and you can see the different beautiful nature in every season.
We hope this Hakone trip becomes unforgettable and exceptional memory for you. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel again on your next opportunity to visit Hakone.
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU

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