Aura Tachibana

Aura Tachibana

What kind of ryokan is Aura Tachibana?

Aura Tachibana wouldn’t be luxury, but very cozy.  If this is your first time visit Hakone, I would recommend it.  Because access to the property would be very easy.  Perhaps if you are looking for modern rooms with private hot springs, you should stay here.  There are some cozy rooms with private ones.  The ambiance is family-oriented, friendly, and lively.  Aura Tachibana would be great for couples, families, or small groups.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, the location is a five-minute drive away from Hakone Yumoto Station.  Free shuttle service is available between 14:00 and 17:30.  You need to book it in advance.  Alternatively, you can take an orange bus from the station.  Get on a bus of B course from the front of Hakone Total Tourist Information Center, and then get off at Aura Tachibana.  It takes less than 10min.  When you get on a bus, you need to tell a bus driver where you are staying.  The bus fare is JPY100 per adult, and complimentary for children in primary school and younger.  The bus leaves hourly, at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour between 10:45 and 18:45.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with private hot springs in the annex.   We spent a lot of time jumping in and out of our private hot spring.  The spring quality is good.  The rooms in the annex have a minimum age requirement of 10 applies.  If you are a couple or solo traveler, you may want to book a room in the annex as the ambiance would be more serene.  Rooms in the main building have no minimum age requirement, but they wouldn’t be special.  Overall facilities tend to be worn-out, but well-maintained.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, bathrobes, an illy coffee machine with capsules, and a green tea set, etc. if you stay in the annex.  Also, an android smartphone was placed in our room.  There are L’OCCITANE amenities in the bathroom.  Room service is not available.  Then free wifi reception is excellent in the property.   There is a PC to use someone next to the front desk.  Also, this is child-friendly.  Staff provides meals, toys, picture books, and chairs if you request in advance.  If you bring baby food, the staff can heat up.
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How about In-house Facilities?

There are some communal hot springs in-house.  They are open from 5:00-9:30, 14:00-25:00.  Also, there are amazing private family hot springs.  It costs JPY3,240 for 45min.  You need to book it in advance when you check in.  You can chill out at the private family bath while viewing peaceful mountains.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal hot springs, use reserved private family baths instead.  Then Aura Tachibana is not a universal design, but there are few steps.  Two wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform staff as they can arrange a room near the lift.  Also, you may want to book a room with a private hot spring as you wouldn’t need to move around once you enter your room.  Then there are two vending machines for drinks including beer.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.
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How about meals?

Japanese food experience for dinner and breakfast was wonderful.  The portion was average.  You can choose either Western or Japanese cuisine for breakfast.   All meals are served in a dining area.  Dinner starts at 18:00 or 19:00.  Breakfast starts at 7:30, 8:00, or 8:30.  Then don’t forget to visit the bar after dinner.  The ambiance is truly cozy.  It’s open from 20:30-23:00.   *Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day.  Alternatively, you can go out for meals as there are some local restaurants around Hakone-Yumoto Station.  Local papa-mama shops are closing early, so you may want to book a table in advance.

My impressions

Overall, the property has good cost performance if compared to others in Hakone.  At last, the property is popular.  If you want to chill out at the property in a tranquil atmosphere, you may want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekend in Oct and Nov, and the end of the year and New Year holiday.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Aura Tachibana from the below space.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Aura Tachibana

Style Modern Ryokan
Check-in and out times
14:00/10:00
Estimated Price 38,100 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Call at +81 460-85-5541 overseas
Call at 0460-85-5541 domestic Japan
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Aura Tachibana’s MAP
Access Free shuttle bus from Hakone-Yumoto Station
Need to book in advance
Address and TEL 〒250-0311 Kanagawa-ken,
Ashigarashimo-gun,
Hakone-machi Yumoto574
Tel  +81 460-85-5541
Official Homepage Aura Tachibana’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.