We arrived at Ginyu and were disappointed to find that there had been a mix up with our room booking made 6 months before, specifically for a Western style room and bed, which could not be resolved as they were full. We had to take a Japanese style room but after this disappointing start, the experience improved quickly. We had a traditional duplex room with a futon and an outdoor shower and hot tub. The futon was elevated slightly - getting onto a futon at our age is easy, getting up however is more of a challenge, but an extra mattress helped! The 2 level room was big, well furnished and very relaxing.
Breakfast and dinner were served in our own upstairs room which we enjoyed after the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. The food was beautifully presented with numerous courses and the overall quantity more than adequate even if you didn't fancy some of the options. A detailed printed menu made it easy to identify foods new to us.The staff throughout were very pleasant and helpful, particularly the lady who served all our meals.
The private hot tub on our balcony was an amazing experience especially early in the morning overlooking a lovely valley - we were in a corner room on the fourth floor and had a terrific view.
The location was great with the local switchback train station a very short walk away and a bus stop outside which made exploring the Hakone area very easy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in the lush mountains of Hakone, lies the spa resort of Hakone Ginyu. 'Ginyu' means a person seeking inspiration for a poem by traveling around.Spectacular views of the Haya-Kawa River as well as the Hakone Mountains set the perfect backdrop for poetic inspiration. The entrance and lobby are located on the top of the building. The essence of Japanese style emanates through the corridors and continues throughout the entire resort. The infinite beauty of the natural surroundings will enable you to forget the stress of everyday life.You will be transported to a different world once you arrive at Hakone-Ginyu. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hakone Ginyu Hotel Hakone-Machi