Hakone Kowakien Ten-yu

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This dazzling contemporary ryokan is a wonderful mix of the old and new, a worthy addition to Hakone’s mountainous landscape.  With all the facilities and shiny-features you would expect from a modern hotel, the Ten-yu still cherishes it’s traditional roots.  Rooms are minimal and capacious, each one fitted with conventional Western beds, optional Japanese futons, and an open-air bath upon the balcony.  Guests can enjoy the views of the mountains and forested valleys while soaking in their private, mineral-rich, heavenly-warm onsen spring water.

Multiple dining options, and a great variety for breakfast, will keep guests well-fed and happy.  Seasonal dishes allow you to try a plethora of new things, all washed down with some crisp sake rice wine.  The onsite bar is a highlight of the Ten-yu – we would definitely recommend their Kozue cocktail, a blend of ume plum wine, regional whiskey, and dazzling blue curacao liqueur.

For an indulgent and incomparable experience, check out Ukigomo – an ‘infinity hot-spring’ – on the 6th floor of the hotel.  Unwind in the sylvan surroundings with unobstructed views of the photogenic landscape.  If you prefer something a little more avante-garde, the nearby Yunessun Spa (owned by the hotel, but operating separately) gives you the opportunity to bathe in novel ways.  So if you have ever contemplated taking a bath in red wine, green tea, coffee, or even sake: grab a ticket and head across.  It’s not for everyone, but it’s certainly a unique experience.

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