Kinnotake Tonosawa

Kinnotake Tonosawa

What kind of luxury onsen resort hotel is Kinnotake Tonosawa?

In June during the hot and humid rainy season, we took an express train called Romance Car from Shinjuku Station to Hakone-Yumoto Station, headed for Hakone. The express trains have observation seats at the front and at the end of the trains, with a 180-degree view from the large windows, which are recommended on a fine day. There is no extra charge for these seats, and they are available at the regular express fare. Advance reservations are required due to the popularity of these seats. Weekday afternoons are relatively easy to reserve. Refer to the info.

Arriving at Hakone-Yumoto Station and getting off the train, I found that unlike Tokyo, the weather in this area was as refreshing as early summer. The resort hotel can be reached by shuttle bus, but at this time there were many tourists lined up at the bus stop, so we decided to take a cab from here to the resort hotel.

After a short cab ride, we saw a suspension bridge over the canyon. On the way across this suspension bridge, we were lucky enough to see a bright red mountain railway train just passing by in the distance. According to the cab driver, this is a very rare sight. After crossing the suspension bridge, the resort hotel where we would be staying for the night came into view. When we got out of the cab, the staff was waiting for us at the gate. The modern building, the well-maintained garden, and the serene ambience surrounded by the forest made my expectations very high from this point on.

As we entered the building, we were often taken aback by the sophisticated design of the wood and stone furniture, interior decorations, and the beautiful forest spreading out through the large windows. We were led to a table on the terrace in the lobby and checked in while listening to the sound of bamboo leaves rustling in the gentle breeze. The staff then prepared tea and cheese soufflé, and we enjoyed the view for a while. Tokyo in June is often humid, but Hakone’s high elevation makes the air refreshing and comfortable.

After relaxing here for about 30 minutes, the staff escorted us to our room. This time we stayed in a room on the first floor with a view of the artificial pond. Upon entering the room, I found it to be very spacious and more user-friendly than I expected, as there were no room dividers. There is no TV set to enjoy the sounds of nature and the atmosphere, but if you ask, they will install one for free. On the balcony, there was a comfortable sofa and an outdoor private hot spring bath made of granite, with a view of the water basin and bamboo grove in front of us.

I loved this balcony so much that I decided to take a dip in the private hot spring and relax. The water table in front of me glistened in the sunlight, birds chirped in the background, and bamboo grass swayed gracefully in the breeze. The temperature of the private hot spring water felt hot in June when I used it, but in winter it may feel lukewarm, so you need to check the temperature before taking a bath and adjust the temperature with tap water from the faucet.

Then we had booked a spa appointment before dinner. The staff picked us up at our room around 4:00 p.m. and took us to an antique Japanese-style house about a 30-second drive away. It was within walking distance, but since we were wearing yukatas and Japanese clogs called geta, it was difficult to move around, which was a big help. This place was originally a house that was renovated and turned into a spa shop. The setting was tasteful. I felt that even an old traditional house can have a luxurious ambience if it is renovated with a lot of money.

Back at the resort hotel, it was almost time for dinner, so we decided to go to the dining area. It was not a private room, but it was spacious, and partitions, plants, and high-backed chairs provided a blindfold so that we could eat in peace and quiet without noticing too much about other guests. Dinner was a refined kaiseki meal, all elegantly seasoned and beautifully presented. However, the quantity may be ordinary. A wide variety of alcoholic beverages were available, from sake to wine. For breakfast, you can choose Western or Japanese food.

After dinner, we heard that fireflies can be seen along the canyon where there is a suspension bridge, so we decided to go there. There is a terrace set up by the river about a minute’s walk from the hotel building. Going down the stairs by the suspension bridge, we were able to get down close to the river and see countless fireflies. Listening to the sound of the river flowing, we were moved by the mystical sight.

We then returned to the resort hotel and decided to have herbal tea in the lobby. Here, sparkling wine, beer, black tea, green tea, herbal tea, and coffee were always available free of charge. It’s open from 7:00-12:00, 15:00-22:00. The lobby had a different, more romantic ambience than in the daytime, and the illuminated forest seen through the large windows made for a lovely evening.

If I dare to raise a drawback, this is resort hotel for adults, so it is not suitable for families with children. *Age requirement of at least 12 years old applies. Everywhere on the property is quiet and serene, perfect for couples who want to celebrate their anniversary at an onsen resort. It is also a boutique resort hotel with a total of 23 rooms, rather than a relaxed onsen ryokan. If you want to enjoy a traditional Japanese onsen ryokan in Hakone, this is not the place for you.

Is the location easy to access?

Yes, access to the property would be easy. It takes just 5min by taxi from Hakone-Yumoto Station. The taxi fare is approx. JPY1,000.

Alternatively you can take a shuttle bus of C course from the front of Hakone Total Tourist Information Center, and then get off at the property. When you get on a shuttle 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 shuttle bus leaves hourly, at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour between 13:15 and 17:45 on weekdays, between 13:15 and 18:45 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Then if you are staying here on a weekend, you might want to check in early. This is because the area around Hakone-Yumoto station is congested on weekends. During traffic jams, it may be faster to walk than to drive, but walking from the station to the property is not recommended. It takes more than 20 minutes on foot.  The road to the property is a long slope, with narrow sidewalks and heavy traffic.

Where is the best accommodation for anniversary in Hakone?

If you are looking for a nice place for a special occasion, this property is one of the best. They can arrange a cake and bouquet of flowers for your anniversary for an additional fee if you request it in advance.
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Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend booking a room on 1F in front of an artificial pond. That’s beautiful, mystical, and charming. The bamboo forest is illuminated at night. We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the views while soaking in the private bath. Once we entered the room, we didn’t feel like going out until check-out time. Alternatively, if the weather permits, a room on the 4th floor of the club floor is also a good choice. It overlooks the open Hakone mountains and forests. All rooms are equipped with outdoor private hot springs.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, bathrobes, a green tea set, a coffee machine with capsules, a complimentary minibar including beer, wine, champagne, etc. There are some colorful yukatas for women in the lobby which you can choose when you check in.  Then an iPad is placed in each room. Also, staff can prepare a humidifier, a TV, and a DVD player, etc., if you request. Free Wifi reception was sometimes slow in our room. Room service is not available.  There is no convenience store nearby. You might want to buy your necessities before coming here. 

How about In-house Facilities?

There are indoor communal hot springs.  They are open from 15:00-9:30 the following morning. It seemed that there were few guests at the communal baths.  *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the communal bathing areas.

Then Kinnotake Tonosawa is almost universal design.  If you bring people with weak legs, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift. A wheelchair is available for borrowing.
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How about meals?

All meals were served in the dining area on 3F.  After dinner, don’t forget to visit the bar. The ambiance is very cozy.  Dinner time is from 18:00-21:00. If you have dinner in the hotel, you need to check in by 19:00. Breakfast time is from 7:30-10:00.

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 it on that day.

Then, as far as I know, there wouldn’t be nice restaurants for dinner within 5min walking distance. You may want to book a room including meals.

My impressions

If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, the resort hotel would be perfect.

Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Kinnotake Tonosawa from the below space.  Check Availability and Pricing for the hotel on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Kinnotake Tonosawa

Style Luxury Resort Hotel
Check-in and out times
15:00/11:00
Estimated Price 60,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
info.tonosawa@golden-bamboo.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi in the hotel
Facility Information  Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Kinnotake Tonosawa’s MAP
Access  5min by shuttle bus
from Hakone-Yumoto Station
Address and TEL 191 Tōnosawa, Hakone-machi,
Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa 250-0315
Tel +81 460-85-9800
Official Homepage Kinnotake Tonosawa’s HP

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