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10 Best Hotels in Hakone: From Boutique to Luxury & Mt. Fuji Views

10 Best Hotels in Hakone: From Boutique to Luxury & Mt. Fuji Views

Date published: 28 November 2023

Japan beckons explorers to its electric cities, promising an array of experiences in the Land of the Rising Sun. After marveling at Tokyo's neon billboards, scarfing down bowls of ramen, and dropping yen on gachapon, you may wonder - what's more to see?

Almost instantly, mental postcards of the majestic Mt. Fuji come to mind. And what better location for this change of scenery than the tranquil haven of Hakone? Brimming with unspoiled nature, Hakone invites you to its lush forests and crystalline lakes, guiding you on a pilgrimage to unveil the best Mt. Fuji viewing spots.

And, after a full day of exploration, your aching bones will seek solace in one of the 10 jaw-droppingly beautiful hotels in Hakone. We have vetted this list of Hakone stays while focusing on proximity to sights, top-notch amenities, stellar views, and of course — signature Japanese hospitality,
But first, let's understand the region's orientation.

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Table of Contents
  1. 10 Best Hotels in Hakone: From Boutique to Luxury
  2. Become One with Nature in Hakone
Where to Stay in Hakone?
  • Hakone Yumoto: Offers easy access from Tokyo, close to downtown Hakone, and availability of public onsen.
  • Gora: Provides a mountain retreat, albeit at a higher price tag.
  • Sengokuhara or Ashinoyu: Ideal for a nature-centric getaway.
  • Learn more about the best areas to stay in Hakone

10 Best Hotels in Hakone: From Boutique to Luxury

1. Fujiya Hotel

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Fujiya Hotel seamlessly combines Meiji-era aesthetics with contemporary elegance. Since 1891, it has hosted luminaries like Albert Einstein, John Lennon, and Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Set in the leafy enclave of Miyanoshita, Fujiya Hotel is a stone's throw away from Miyanoshita station, providing convenient access to other areas of Hakone. However, due to its lovely hillside location, reaching Lake Ashi requires a scenic 15-minute car or taxi ride.

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The hotel comprises four distinct structures: the classic Main Building, The Comfy Lodge exuding old-world charm, the Flower Palace with a penthouse suite for larger families, and the Forest Wing featuring a new 82m² suite. At Fujiya Hotel, the staff treats guests like royalty, creating an immersive and restorative experience from start to finish.

Set aside half a day to fully enjoy the hotel. Indulge in a boozy brunch, wander the gardens, luxuriate in the Miyanoshita Onsen, and savor a meal at one of the three on-site restaurants. Reaching Fujiya Hotel from Tokyo involves a Shinkansen ride to Odawara station, followed by a few transfers on the mountain rail or a 30-minute bus ride.

  • Fujiya Hotel
    • Address Miyanoshita 359, Hakone, Kanagawa, 250-0404
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    • Nearest Station Miyanoshita Station (Hakone Tozan Railway)
      7 minutes on foot

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2. Bar Hotel Hakone Kazan

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Amidst Hakone's sea of traditional Ryokans, Bar Hotel Hakone Kazan stands out thanks to its unique theme. Featuring 21 mountain view rooms, it promises and delivers an exceptional Hakone escapade. It's got the best of both worlds — the serenity of a Ryokan and the atmosphere of a high-end Japanese cocktail bar.

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(Image: Booking.com)

The reception area doubles as a bar, and your stay includes a generous selection of complimentary drinks. Located away from the main sights of Hakone, expect your stay at Bar Hotel Hakone Kazan to look like this:
• Daytime exploration of Hakone
• Check-in at sunset
• Sip on drinks until the early hours
• Sleep in and enjoy the late 2:00 p.m. check-out the next day.

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For non-drinkers, the option to soak in the on-site hot springs is an incredible alternative, while alcohol enthusiasts can sample an array of fine whiskey, wine, and one-of-a-kind concoctions around a fire pit in the bespoke lounge. The bilingual bartenders make it effortless to order your desired drink, as they are proficient in both English and Japanese.

Designed and catered towards an adult clientele, this hotel is an excellent choice for honeymooners, groups of friends, or solo travelers seeking an unforgettable vacation. The option to reserve a private onsen adds an extra layer of exclusivity.

Accessing the hotel is easy, as complimentary pick-up and drop-off services are provided to and from key locations, including Chokoku-no-Mori Station, Yunessun bus stop, and Kowakien bus stop.

  • barhotel Hakone Kazan
    • Address Kowakudani 507-7-4, Hakone, Kanagawa, 250-0406
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    • Nearest Station Kowakidani Station (Hakone Tozan Railway)
      20 minutes on foot

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3. The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko

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Breathe in crisp air and take in the ethereal scenery at The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko. Perched along Lake Ashi, this hotel boasts a gorgeous onsen with lakeside views. Plus, kayaking opportunities draw outdoorsy travelers to the hotel. Enjoy a short walk in the stunning garden while gazing at Mount Fuji in the distance.

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Rooms at The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko welcome guests with ambient lighting, tasteful furnishings, and exceptionally comfortable beds. Choose between a 38 m² twin lakeside view room or the 40 m² superior room in the gleaming new Annex building. Each room features a private bathroom with a bathtub.

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The hotel caters to a wide audience, but couples' massages at the spa La Paix make The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko particularly appealing for romantic getaways. Waking up to a view of Mount Fuji adds an extra touch of romance. So, for this special experience, request one of the select rooms with this view. Le Trianon, the on-site restaurant, serves delectable French cuisine.

They provide a complimentary shuttle service to and from JR Odawara Shinkansen Station. However, the surrounding area doesn't offer much in terms of activities, it's a destination best suited for relaxation and immersion in nature.

Guests with tattoos seeking an onsen experience may need to consider alternative options, as The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko enforces a strict no-tattoo policy for the onsen.

4. Hakone Yutowa

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Modern and sleek with a touch of ryokan aesthetics, Hakone Yutowa is a popular hotel, sitting at a 5-minute walk south of Gora station. Established in 2020, it comprises the East and West Wings and the Condominium.

Traveling with a group of 5? Opt for the spacious 76 m² Condominium, ensuring ample room for each member of your party. For an all-encompassing experience, consider booking a stay and meal package. The staff speaks fluent English and Japanese - making your vacation stress-free.

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Unwind in the library on plush circular sofas, where a selection of over 700 books awaits. Or gather around the warm bonfire stove to reminisce about your experiences in Japan. Guests have the option to reserve private onsens at no extra cost.

Step outside, and you'll find an array of restaurants, shops, and entrances to colorful hot springs. The renowned open-air museum, Hakone Gora Park, and Hakone Museum of Art are all within a leisurely 15-minute walk from the hotel.

  • Hakone Yutowa
    • Address Gora 1300-27 , Hakone, Kanagawa, 250-0408
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    • Nearest Station Chokoku-no-Mori Station (Hakone Tozan Railway)
      5 minutes on foot

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5. HAKONE RETREAT FÖRE by Onko Chishin

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Smack dab in the heart of the Sengokuhara Hot Springs region, you’ll find HAKONE RETREAT FÖRE. A hotel designed to blend with the surrounding landscape harmoniously.

The 50-minute bus ride to reach the hotel from Odawara Station might seem long. But the absolute silence at the retreat—punctuated solely by birdsongs—makes it absolutely worth it!

A tranquil wooden pathway, fringed by dense trees, leads to the outdoor hot spring. Meanwhile, the indoor onsen offers mesmerizing views.

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Secure one of their Superior rooms, offering 17 m² of space with picturesque mountain views from the balcony. Alternatively, pick the luxurious and spacious 109 m² terrace suite.

Beyond the exceptionally comfortable beds, two standout features at this boutique hotel consistently win over first-time visitors, turning them into loyal patrons: the on-site farm-to-table dining, prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and the Könoha Spa, offering aroma therapies.

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HAKONE RETREAT FÖRE takes relaxing to the next level. Guests often end up tearing off their Hakone bucket list to spend the entire holiday chilling indoors.

6. RoheN Resort&Lounge HAKONE

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Location, location, location! If staying in the middle of the main sights and sounds of Hakone is a priority for you, choose RoheN Resort & Lounge. With Hakone Shrine just shy of 1 km, staying here is a no-brainer, especially for photographers aiming to capture Instagram-worthy shots after the daytrippers are gone.

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The stylish capsule rooms offer space and affordability, ideal for solo adventurers. For those seeking the ultimate experience, the 23 m² Superior Room, featuring a breathtaking Lake View, is a must. After a day of exploration in Hakone, the fireplace and chic lounge area provide a revitalizing haven to recharge.

7. Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora, an IHG Hotel

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Set beside a babbling river, the historic Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora is known for its large spacious hallways, and impeccably sophisticated rooms ensuring a restful sleep.

Among the few in the area, this hotel offers a communal mixed-gender onsen, inviting families, friends, and couples to enjoy the therapeutic waters together.

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Guests rave about the on-site restaurant, Riverside Kitchen & Bar, known for its delectable Western cuisine. But, vegetarian and vegan options are limited.

Be sure to peruse the hotel's shop for premium skincare products, allowing you to carry a piece of this experience back home.

As with most high-end hotels in the region, Hotel Indigo is isolated. However, the hotel’s shuttle service makes it easy to get around within Gora. Keep in mind that this service concludes at 6 p.m., so if you plan on dining further away, consider pre-booking a taxi in advance.

8. GuestHouse Azito

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Looking for a no-frills spot with Japanese-style interiors to rest your head after a long day of wandering? Guest House Azito Hakone is your answer.

Hop on a bus from Hakone Yumoto Station and you'll be at the guesthouse in less than 5 minutes. A 10-minute walk brings you to downtown Hakone, while Tenzan Hot Spring is a mere 20-minute walk away. Multiple buses connect sites like Hakone Shrine and Lake Ashi with GuestHouse Azito.

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(Image: Booking.com)

Solo travelers will appreciate the roomy dormitories, couples can enjoy the snug apartment, and groups of friends or families with children (6 years and above) can opt for their Triple room. For light sleepers, it's advisable to have earbuds on hand, as sounds tend to carry within the hotel.

For anything else, the lovely English-speaking staff is happy to help accommodate your request. Grab a drink, chat with your fellow travelers, and make new friends.

  • GuestHouse Azito
    • Address Yumoto491, Hakone, Kanagawa, 250-0311
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    • Nearest Station Hakone-Yumoto Station (Hakone Tozan Railway)
      11 minutes on foot

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9. Fufu Hakone

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A legendary accommodation set in the Gora Onsen district, Fufu Hakone checks all the right boxes for a memorable stay. From its undisturbed wooded location to spacious, softly lit rooms with private onsens and a sumptuous breakfast spread each morning, it delivers and how!

This Cyprus-flanked luxury hotel boasts 39 unique rooms, all featuring tasteful decor and invigorating hot spring baths. The Comfort Premium rooms offer 60 m² of space, while the Luxury Suite provides an expansive 92 m².

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When it's time to dine, the skilled chefs at Fufu Hakone prepare exquisite Japanese prix fixe meals for guests. The staff at Fufu Hakone deserves a shoutout for their exceptional service. Which more than makes up for the lack of perfect English spoken on the premises.

Although Gora Station is only a 12-minute walk away, the hilly terrain might be a challenge. Guests can opt for the complimentary shuttle service or arrive with a rental car, and use the free parking available on-site.

  • Fufu Hakone
    • Address 1320-807 Gora, Hakone-machi,, Hakone, Kanagawa, 250-0408
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    • Nearest Station Koen-Kami Station (Hakone Tozan Cable Car)
      8 minutes on foot

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10. Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa

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Hyatt hotels around the world have been the premier pick for business & luxury travelers for years. But Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa is perfect for leisure, suitable for families and couples. Uniting Japanese sensibility and Western influences, several of Hyatt’s 80 rooms present a choice between plush beds and traditional tatami mats. Plus, the rooms are big! Between 56 ㎡ and 93 ㎡ with all the latest tech, both a rarity in a country that prioritizes small spaces and minimalism. Nab the Regency Suite Twin, as it boasts unreal views of Mount Fuji from its sun-dappled terrace.

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As if it was possible to make it even better, the location is close to the nature trails of Mt. Hakone. So tighten up your boots and spend the morning outdoors. Afterward, reward yourself with a dip in the hotel onsen, spoil yourself with a spa treatment, and head to the on-site restaurants for a meal of sushi or Western plates. End the evening unwinding in the lounge by the fireplace.

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Want to bring along your furry best friend? Hyatt’s dog-friendly rooms not only allow guests to bring their dogs but they also add amenities catered towards your pooch to ensure their stay is as perfect as yours.

Become One with Nature in Hakone

Whether you're yearning for a breath of fresh air or looking to ignite a special connection with your partner, Hakone's hotels promise a spectrum of experiences. Set against the majestic backdrop of Mount Fuji and centered around natural hot springs, Hakone invites travelers to get a taste of raw natural beauty and luxury.

Through meticulous evaluation and thorough comparison of properties in the region, we've curated this selection that comprises only the truly exceptional. Our criteria encompass a wide spectrum, including proximity to key attractions, reviews from past guests, availability of an onsen, distinctive amenities, and unique features. When you choose to stay in one of our 10 handpicked hotels, you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life!

Written by:

Himanshi Shah

Himanshi Shah

Himanshi is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and graphic designer. After graduating from Ecole Intuit Lab in 2015, she began designing for global brands. Drawn by Japan's landscapes and culture, she traveled extensively—from Tokyo's neon-lit streets to the peaks of Hokkaido. She's also lived in the Seto Inland Sea and volunteered in Fukushima. Through her blog, Nomadic Travelscapes, Himanshi uncovers stories rooted in authenticity instead of influencer-led experiences. Recently, her work was exhibited at Nox Gallery, Tokyo. On Instagram: @nomadictavelscapes. Website: www.nomadictravelscapes.com.

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*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
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