"huge room, lovely surroundings, but isolated"
Reviewed by Sue B of "California" on
Jan 8, 2012
As we were a family of 4 they put us in the annex, which turned out to be very large for Japanese standards. We all had a full size bed, table and chairs, large bathroom and seperate toilet. The lobby and hallways in the annex area are dated and minimalistic, so we were delighted when we saw the room. The rooms were very clean and comfy, and the hot spring onsen were great and a must. Male and Female are separated. It is worth knowing the rules about bathing in these places before going, as you are to wash before entering at one of the wash cubicles, and not allow any soap, wash cloths or anything to get in the water. The main hotel was pleasant, but still not modern, more older but in good shape. The building is round. The view over the lake and walking along it is beautiful and we were lucky to have clear weather and be able to see Mt Fuji easily. By the hotel is a great bakery, a few gift shops and clothes shops and a couple of restaurants. Plus an aquarium, and pedal boats on the lake. These are all basically open 10am to 3/4pm. There's a bus to Moto Hakone from the hotel ($4 per adult), but be warned they stop running about 2.30pm or so. We managed to get a taxi back for about $16. Moto Hakone or Togendai are small and have little to offer in restaurants. We spent one afternoon at the Kowakien Yunessun - terrific fun, and had a nice meal there before getting the bus to Moto H (on free pass), then taxi back to hotel. We also opted for not having the room cleaned and received a voucher for about $13 to spend in the gift shop or hotel restaurant. To stay here it is not convenient, but you get nice views and a big room if you're a family.