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694 Yumoto, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0311 Kanagawa Prefecture
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Daniel D wrote a review Apr. 2017
Mont Tremblant, Canada79 contributions71 helpful votes
Hakone is a quiet place. This ryokan offered a lovely Japanese 'hotel' experience, with comfortable futons on tatami mats in a very minimalist décor. (No proper chairs in the room either.) The highlight for us was the traditional hot spring onsen in the hotel. One side for men, one for women. No bathing suits allowed. Wash yourself thoroughly on the little bench with a handheld shower before going for soak. There are several soaking tubs both inside and out. We loved it! The ryokan does not offer much in the way of food. We bought our breakfast at the nearby 7-Eleven, which actually has good prepackaged food (and hot coffee). We brought it back to the hotel and ate it in the lobby, where there were chairs.
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Date of stay: April 2017
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BluePointer wrote a review Apr. 2017
Ontario, Canada4435 contributions274 helpful votes
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If you can get past the smoke smell and insist you need a ryokan experience, then this place is for you. When the tatami mats, the paper shutters and the wood ceiling all absorb smoke, you know that smoke accumulates on everything. If you are in the least sensitive to the smell, it is overwhelming. The staff provided a spray deoderizer, only on the insistance of the tour guide. It didn't eliminate the smell, and was effective momentarily only if you followed the spray. We asked to change to a non-smoking room, but the manager said that the hotel was full. Yes, we did want the traditional ryokan and onsen experience. Having done that once, I am now good for life. The room was huge, but without luggage or other furniture, there was really no need for that usual luxury of space. There was a low table with four cushions for sitting. The TV that was on the floor had all Japanese networks. Sleeping mats were on the floor, Japanese-style, with a good comforter coverlet, but wafer-thin, hard pillows. A huge closet held the extra linen, pillows and bedding, really for hotel use. There was a kettle where powdered green tea was available. Certainly there were none of the conveniences you have come to expect at a traditional hotel. Turning on the lights was a little tricky, unconventional. The hotel is a 4-story structure with many shops, restaurants and stores within easy walking distance. There is a 7-11 just around the corner. However, most places close for business by 6 PM. It is a lovely area, so was disappointed that this felt like a missed opportunity. The room windows opened up to a rustic stream that you could see over a large wooden fence, certainly not scenic. Just outside the sliding doors was a Juliet balcony of rusting metal, not safe for standing. The bathroom is up three levels from the main living space - to the hall, to the sink area, and then to the bathroom. Not a problem, except at night in the dark. It has a western toilet, and then has fixtures for a sink/tub combination. However, no soap or shampoo of any kind is available, except for purchase. It is expected that everyone use the onsen facilities to shower in a public bathing area. The bathing area has small plastic stools for sitting while showering. No bathing suits or towels. Hot springs both inside and out-of-doors were available and are separate for men and women, along with lockers and an area with hair dryers. However, in your room, none of that is available. Perhaps there are different levels of room options, but ours was bare-bones. Shower slippers and a clothes brush are provided. Upon entry to the ryokan, you have to take off your shoes and place them in a coin locker by the door. Though the coin is refundable, every time you wish to leave the hotel, it means retrieving shoes, off-on, and having a coin ready rigmarole. On arrival you are handed a wrist band with key to a locker in the onsen, a bath towel and face cloth, as well as a 2-piece pyjama kimono. There is a common room with tables and chairs. Vending machines and ice for purchase is also available. Though I saw review comments about meals, I did not see any eating facilities in the place. Internet was unavailable in the room, but could be accessed in the common room by the desk. One small, slow elevator serviced the facility. Without the overwhelming smell of smoke in the room, this might have been a more positive experience.
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Date of stay: April 2017
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ChaosKitties wrote a review Mar. 2017
Lake Tahoe (California), California82 contributions17 helpful votes
This is more of a 3.5 kinda place; the location is good and several blocks away from the main street where you can find lots of places to eat. There's a 7-11 about two blocks away to pick up snacks and munchies (we loaded up on gummies and rice balls for the next day's adventures). Our room was a good size and located in the back which gave us a lovely view. There were a few vending machines that served hot food, snacks and drinks as well as lockers (for a deposit, slippers provided) for your shoes on the first floor. Like the majority of hotels and inns, toiletries (tooth brush, paste, hair brush) were all provided with the price. We did not get to try the hot springs but they had public ones and you could rent a private one for reasonable price as well. The gentlemen were sweet, welcoming and sociable but we found the woman who was overseeing the lockers and in front to be a little sharp and not too patient with us foreigners trampling through her inn. Japan Tip: Very few napkins, but many stores sell hand towels which the majority of Japanese use to wipe their fingers on. Restaurants will also provide towels with a small plate in the middle to place the used on in.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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Frances R wrote a review Nov. 2016
Newcastle, Australia135 contributions72 helpful votes
Yajikitano Yu is located in a very convenient spot, a short walk from the Hakone Yumoto station so is a great place if you want to beat the crowds to the ropeway in the morning. The rooms are large and comfortable and the staff pleasant. The baths are great. It was lovely relaxing in the outdoor ones at night looking up at the stars. It would be really nice if there was breakfast provided or if there was a fridge available in the room. The rooms at the back have a lovely view of the river whereas mine was at the front and overlooked the carpark. The restaurants and shops close early in this town.
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Date of stay: October 2016
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Room Tip: The rooms at the back have a view of the lovely rushing river whereas those at the front look...
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Ski'n bike wrote a review Nov. 2016
Hertford, United Kingdom355 contributions191 helpful votes
It's great, our first Ryokan and we were not disappointed. The business with shoes is a bit of a palaver to get entry, but after that its all good. Reception is friendly, room is traditional Japenese but exceptionally clean and with its own bathroom. I cannot fault it. The Onsen is the highlight, just enjoy it. No catering so bring your breakfast...there is a very good bakery at the station about 3 mins walk.
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Date of stay: October 2016
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PRICE RANGE
US$73 - US$140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanKantoKanagawa PrefectureAshigarashimo-gunHakone-machiHakoneyumoto Onsen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
23
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Frequently Asked Questions about Yajikitano Yu
Which popular attractions are close to Yajikitano Yu?
Nearby attractions include Hakone no Ichi (0.3 km), Eva Store (0.3 km), and Ajisai Bridge (0.3 km).
What are some restaurants close to Yajikitano Yu?
Conveniently located restaurants include 808 Monsmare, Chimoto Ekimaedori, and Hatsuhana Soba Honten.
Are there any historical sites close to Yajikitano Yu?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu (7.5 km), Odawara Castle (5.2 km), and Hotokuninomiya Shrine (5.1 km).