After an intense business trip in Asia, I wanted to relax a couple of days on the countryside, prior to fly home. Hakone as a location was recommended to me and I choose the Tenseien hotel since it had some good reviews on Tripadvisor. Their own website is not usefull (only in Japanese). I wanted to rent a car in Tokyo, but learned the hard way that one needs an international driver license, unfortunately I have only a national Luxembourg one, so I ended up taking the train "Romance express" from Tokyo to Hakone. There should have been a shuttle bus from the Hakone-Yimoto train station, but I did not find it. It is only a 10-15 scenic walk to the hotel, which I enjoyed a lot. Nice atmosphere. Arriving in the hotel, I had to take off my shoes and put in in a locker. Very relaxing and excellent idea. Just walking barefoot.
Staff at the reception was very helpfull. I had to pay my three night stay in advance and got some traditional Japanese clothing and a bath towel plus a little towel and a small bag. I booked a Japanse style room as I wanted to experience this. Well, you just have a mattress on the ground, which is not too comfortable. I slept two nights on it in a Spartan way, but changed rooms in order to get a Western bed the third night. Way better sleep. The rooms are small and simple, but typically Japanese; but one does not come here for the rooms as such. I received vouchers for dinner and breakfast. That happens at the 2nd floor although I read there's also another restaurant which must be 24/7, but i did not look for it. The food is EXCELLENT and amazing even although the dining room as such is not very scenic or so. The same experience for the breakfast, they have such a great and fine offer I really enjoyed. About the ONSEN. Did not know what to expect. Women go on the 6th floor, men on the 7th. One needs to completely undress and proceed at first to the washing area where I had to sit down and wash myself. I just folllowed what the other Japanese were doing, no foreigners here. Nice. There are some 50 of these little seats which you can use to wash your self (sitting of course), that works well. Then I went outside and got into the ONSEN. the water is too hot for my Luxembourg body, I had to go quite slowly in it. You only have the little towel with you walking in the Onsen, not a big deal. I got some cold water on me afterwards and got into the onsen again etc... Very relaxing experience. There are sauna and steam rooms as well, I did not use these, the water was already enough heat to my body.
Important to remark is that the Onsen are open from 10am till 9am, meaning 23 hours a day. I tried it on several moments, always different.
I noticed there are also other kind of services in the hotel such as foot massage etc....but i did not use these, I have been walking a lot in the nature although
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- Also Known As:
- Tenseien Hotel Hakone-Machi