Mikawaya Ryokan

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Hotel class: 3 stars
503 Kowakidani, Hakone, Japan

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Mikawaya Ryokan in Hakone May 18, 2010
A visit to Japan wouldn’t feel complete without experiencing an overnight stay at a traditional Japanese inn called “ryokan.” Not only that, but Japan is a country that lies conveniently in the ring of fire, with many natural hot spring baths or “onsen” located all over the country. What better way to kill 2 small birds with 1 giant stone, than to stay in a traditional ryokan onsen, and that’s exactly what I did.

One of the things Hakone is famous for is their hot spring resorts, and I’ve always wondered how comfortable it must be to dip in that soothingly hot water. I decided to book with Mikawaya Ryokan, a traditional ryokan with hot spring baths. Most ryokans in Japan can be booked through http://www.japaneseguesthouses.com/index.htm. Ryokans are divided into categories in the above website base on price range, with category A being the most expensive, and category D being the least expensive. Mikawaya ryokan was one of the more expensive ones, and I paid 28,100 yen for 1 night as single guest. They only accept cash as a form of payment. This ryokan is a 10 to 15 minute bus ride north of Hakone-machi, the Hakone Free pass covers the bus ride.

This ryokan has a history going as far as 124 years with nearly 40 rooms available which accommodates single single travelers like me and rooms for up to 4 people. You can opt for an indoor private onsen bath in you room for 3000 yen more, but I don’t think it’s worth it, especially since it’s just a bathtub with no showers provided. There is also a private open-air bath. Mikawaya Ryokan has 3 other types of onsen bath. A large indoor public onsen bath, and just outside of that is a small outdoor onsen bath. They also have a traditional Meiji style onsen bath. The building itself had that old traditional architecture, and in front of the ryokan is a really beautiful garden. The innkeeper will walk you through your room, stopping by the onsen baths, and going over rules and etiquette on how to properly walk around the ryokan, how to use the onsen baths, and most importantly where to remove your slippers that is provided.

Inside the room it is mandatory to remove your slippers before going up on the tatami floor. The room that I stayed in had a medium size kotatsu table, an lcd HDTV, a mini fridge with alcoholic beverage, sodas, and water, as well as small antique sink and the high-tech Japanese toilet. Outside is a decent size balcony with amazing views of the Hakone mountains. I was also provided with a disposable toothbrush, soap, towel, washcloth, and a small plastic bag to carry to the onsen bath. In the closet is the Japanese robe called yukata, which I wore while inside the room and when walking around the ryokan.

“Kaiseki,” a traditional mutlicourse Japanese meal is served in the room during dinner and breakfast time. An attendant will be there to set up and heat up the food. The food was delicious, and the serving portions were more than enough. Western style meals can also be provided during reservation. A futon bed was set up by the attendant after dinner was over, and it was soft and comfortable, way better than the spring mattress that I sleep in at home.

The ryokan not only looked amazing from the outside, but also the inside, with dark hardwood floor, a beautiful front garden, souvenir shop, and an amazing onsen bath area. Furthermore it was really clean. The head innkeeper spoke English very well, and the attendants although most don’t speak English were very friendly.

I highly recommend this ryokan if you’re willing to throw down that much money, which I was or possibly split it up if you’re traveling in a group. I wouldn’t stay again, but perhaps once again when I get married and go on my honeymoon or find a nice girlfriend and decide to go travel together in Japan ;P But for the price paid, I expected it to be really good, and it far exceeded that.
View from the balcony
Table and chair near the balcony a…
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Glynnes says:
Nice review. Thanks!
Posted on: Jul 20, 2010
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Mikawaya Ryokan Overview

General Description\n3 star accommodations\nIdeal accommodations for a vacation getaway\nPerfect location appropriate for both families and couples\nPerfect for weekend getaway\nLocation\nConveniently located in Kanagawa\nRecreation\nPool\nRestaurants & Lounges\nNearby restaurant\n

Mikawaya Ryokan Amenities

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  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Private Toilet
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