Villas in Hakone offer a perfect retreat for those looking to enjoy time with family and friends in one of Japan's famous hot springs areas. Hakone (箱根), a popular tourist destination in Kanagawa Prefecture, boasts dynamic natural landscapes like Lake Ashi with views of Mount Fuji and the geothermal wonders of Owakudani. Its popularity is partly due to the convenience of being just an hour and a half from Tokyo.
Recently, there has been an increase in villas designed in traditional Japanese style. Here are three cottages notable for their Japanese-inspired, modern architecture where one can experience the essence of Japan.
1. Taisho Modern Villa 'Zen': Time Travel to Japan of 100 Years Ago
Approximately a 5-minute walk from Ohiradai Station on the Hakone Tozan Railway, you will find a two-story traditional Japanese cottage known as Taisho Modern Villa 'Zen'.
This renovated Japanese cottage embraces the concept of "Taisho Modern." Taisho Modern, or Taisho Roman, refers to the culture and fashion influenced by Western culture during the Taisho era (1912-1926). The combination of Japanese and Western elements in patterns and color schemes remains popular to this day.
With its antique and vibrant interior, you'll experience a fresh and unique stay, as if you've slipped back in time to old Japan.
The maximum occupancy is 11 people. In addition to the living room with a bar counter, there are three bedrooms available.
The owner can communicate in English and is happy to provide information about local hot springs and hidden gems. With the guidance of a knowledgeable owner familiar with Hakone, you can enjoy exploring the town's hidden treasures. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
2. 'Hakone Sengokuhara Gran Terrace': Experience Japanese Winter with a Kotatsu in a Tatami Room
Located approximately 30 minutes by bus from Hakone Yumoto Station and a 3-minute walk from the 'Sengokuhara' bus stop, you'll find 'Hakone Sengokuhara Gran Terrace (Ashigarashimo-gun - House / Vacation STAY 46655),' a spacious villa with a generous garden.
This single-story cottage features a connected living room with a kitchen and a tatami room. Even when accommodating a large group, you'll have plenty of space to spread out. In the traditional tatami room, reminiscent of a ryokan, you can also use a kotatsu during the colder seasons.
Although the bedrooms feature tatami flooring, beds are provided, ensuring comfort for those who may not be accustomed to futons. You also have the option to spread out futon bedding in the tatami room, allowing you to choose your preferred sleeping style.
You have the option to dine at nearby restaurants or prepare your own meals using the kitchen, which is fully equipped with essential appliances such as a microwave, rice cooker, electric kettle, cookware, and tableware. There's also a convenience store just a 1-minute walk away, making it very convenient.
The management company can assist you in three languages: Japanese, English, and Chinese. If you have any concerns during your stay, you can contact them by phone. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
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Sengokuhara 1246-180, Hakone, Kanagawa, 250-0631
Sounzan Station （Hakone Tozan Cable Car）
- Address Sengokuhara 1246-180, Hakone, Kanagawa, 250-0631
3. 'MEIBI Hakone Yumoto': Relax and Unwind in a Clean and Modern Tatami Room
Located just an 8-minute walk from Hakone Yumoto Station, 'MEIBI Hakone Yumoto' offers excellent accessibility. This villa is newly built, having been constructed in 2019, making it a modern and recently established accommodation option.
There are two villas available, and you can choose the one you prefer. The A-1 type accommodates up to 9 people and is known for its spacious tatami room that can accommodate four futon sets. You can also set up futons on the second floor.
The A-2 type can accommodate up to 7 people and is known for its compact yet charming layout, featuring a tatami room and a living area with a dining table. If you're not accustomed to sitting on the floor for meals, the A-2 type is recommended for you.
All villas come equipped with modern kitchen and bathroom facilities, which guests are free to use. With such a clean and well-maintained space, you can relax and unwind comfortably.
The management company provides multilingual support in English, Chinese, and Korean. Even after making a reservation, you can contact them by phone if you have any questions, providing peace of mind for any urgent inquiries. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
MEIBI Hakone YumotoMEIBI箱根湯本
- Address 200-22 Maeda, Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashita-gun, Kanagawa 250-0311
- Phone Number 050-5491-6892
The appeal of these cottages lies in the freedom to use the spacious area, the ability to enjoy your trip in a home-like atmosphere, and the absence of contact with other guests. If you're looking to stretch out and enjoy a private space with your family or friends, why not consider choosing a traditional Japanese cottage in Hakone?
(This article was originally published in January 2021, and updated in October 2023.)
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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