Hakone Retreat Villa 1/f

Hakone Retreat Villa 1/f

What kind of luxuary resort villa is Hakone Retreat Villa 1/f?

We decided to visit the luxury resort in May, the season of beautiful fresh greenery, to spend some time in nature. As usual, we took the Odakyu Romance Car from Shinjuku Station, got off at Hakone-Yumoto, and was going to take a bus from there, but suddenly it started to pour downpour, so we decided to take a cab. The weather forecast predicted clear skies, though. It took about 30 minutes from the station to get there. As we entered the large grounds, we saw a slope, and as we walked up, we saw a parking lot. Then a staff member waited for us in a small cabin in the parking lot, and a resort cart took us from there to our villa. There is no reception lobby. There are 11 private villas scattered throughout the grounds, each with its own private hot spring bath.

When we arrived on the grounds, the rain that had been falling earlier had stopped. Mountain weather is changeable. From here, a resort cart took us to the villa where we would be staying tonight, and out of nowhere we could hear birds chirping and the sound of running water, and a gentle breeze felt good. Looking up, the sky was a crisp blue, the sun was shining through the trees, and I could smell the earth. The grass and trees were wet from the rain and shining more brightly.

We arrived at 2:00 p.m., but when we told the staff our names, they were ready and escorted us to our villa. It took us about three minutes to get to the No. 4 villa we were staying at, called Seirin. After getting off the resort cart, we walked down the stone steps and opened the glass door at the entrance to enter, where we found LED lanterns for night walks, and after removing our shoes here, we went up to find a spacious room with a log cabin-like wood interior and modern furniture. To the left was the bedroom with twin beds, and to the right was the living room with a sofa. The very high ceilings and large windows looked out onto a bamboo grove, and in the corner of the living room was a wood stove. The room was even more beautiful than I had imagined and I couldn’t help but admire it.

On the wall to the left of the sofa, there is an audio system with bluetooth and a mini-bar. There was no TV. I think it is a waste of time to spend time watching TV in such a wonderful room. There was also a wine cooler with over 10 bottles of Italian and French wines.

First, we checked in here. Then, as it was a bit chilly, I lit the wood stove and watched the bamboo grove swaying in the gentle breeze while sipping champagne prepared in the mini-bar. The sound of the crackling wood burning was very relaxing.

After relaxing in the room for a while, we decided to take a walk on the grounds and go to communal hot spring baths. On the grounds are 11 villas where we stayed and a hotel wing. Near the hotel wing, there are the communal hot spring baths, cafe, lounge, and restaurant. The café sells drinks, bread, cakes, etc. and is open to guests even if they are not staying at the hote. If you want to move from your villa, you can always call reception and they will take you there in a resort cart, but we wanted to walk around the area, so we walked to the cafe. It was about a 10 minute walk.

First, we decided to stop at a nice cafe. Coffee and tea are always free for guests. Take-out is also available. The menu is extensive and includes earl grey, chamonile, rooibos, ashigara tea, lemon ginger, iresh ream, honey black tea, americano, cappuccino, espresso, cafe latte, iced americano, iced cafe latte, etc. There are also cheesecakes, strawberry bavarois, green tea Matcha tarts, chocolate cakes, puddings, cream puffs, etc., for a fee. The bakery corner in the back has bagels, cheese foccacio, pizza bread, etc. Locals also came here to buy. We spent some time here, sitting by the window, having cappuccinos and cream puffs, looking at the surface of the pond reflecting the blue sky and clouds in the open ambience, in the beautiful season of young leaves.

Then we went up the stairs next to the cafe, turned right, and went straight down a long wooden path to the communal hot spring bathhouse. Once inside, there was a spacious, bright, and comfortable indoor hot spring bath and an outdoor hot spring bath with a view of the Hakone mountains. The communal baths were from a ryokan called Tawarasekikaku, which used to be located on the grounds, so the appearance of the baths from that time remained.

Then, we returned to our room, it was already past 5:00 PM. Before dinner, we headed there to take a closer look at the historical building, which used to be a ryokan but is now a kaiseki restaurant. This is a historical building worthy of a cultural asset and well worth a visit. The sukiya-style architecture shows the best of a wide variety of craftsmen’s skills. Although seemingly rustic, the use of advanced traditional techniques created a deep sense of serenity. It is about a five-minute walk from the villa where we stayed. Pulling back the elegant sliding shoji door at the entrance, we saw flower arrangements on the right, and looking up at the ceiling, we saw ingenious lamp and beam designs, as well as a photo of the Shang Emperor who stayed here when it was a ryokan. Walking through the corridors of the building, one can see that the building has been carefully maintained while retaining the appearance of those days.

After a while, it was time for dinner and the staff showed me to this private room. We felt happy to be able to dine in such a wonderful historical building. We had dinner here at 5:30 p.m. at the Kaiseki restaurant. The beautifully seasonal and delicious meal was wonderful. When we left the restaurant, the night sky was cloudless and full of stars, and we returned to the villa, listening to the chirping of bell bugs.

Returning to our villa, we lit the fireplace again and watched the wood-burning fire while we played music on a high-quality Bluetooth speaker and sipped champagne, fully enjoying the moment of isolation from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The next morning, I woke up around 6:30 a.m. to enjoy a private indoor hot spring bath with a view of the bamboo grove at dawn before breakfast. The private indoor hot spring bath in villa No. 3 has large windows that can be opened, so it is very comfortable with a breeze. The screen windows were also installed, so even though I am not fond of insects, I was able to relax without worrying.

After enjoying the private onsen, we headed back to the kaiseki restaurant for breakfast. We enjoyed the delicious meal while looking out over the garden. After breakfast, we enjoyed champagne and cookies in the salon. In the meantime, it was time to check out before we knew it. One night is not enough. After checking out, we were taken to the nearby Glass Forest.

It is difficult to list any drawbacks, but I would venture to say that the villas would not be suitable for wheelchair users, as there are many stairs and steps on the grounds. Also, the large grounds can be conveniently moved on the resort carts, but on rainy or snowy days, getting around can be a hassle. Be sure to check the weather forecast when booking a room.

*A minimum age requirement of 13 applies.
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Is the location easy to access?

Access to the property would be a bit inconvenient.  You need to get on a Hakone Tozan Bus from Hakone-Yumoto Station.  Then get off at Tawaraishi Hakone Glass Nomorimae Bus Stop, and then just a 5min-walk to the property.  It takes around 30min from the station.  Alternatively, you can take a Hakone Tozan Bus from the East Exit of Odawara Station. It takes 40min by bus from the station to Tawaraishi Hakone Glass Nomorimae Bus Stop.  If this is your first visit to Hakone, you may be worried about where you should get off, so you may want to show the below Japanese sentence to a bus driver when you get on a bus.  Then you wouldn’t miss the bus stop even if you fall asleep.  A free shuttle service is not available.

Please let me know when you reach “Tawaraishi Hakone Glass Nomorimae Bus Stop”.

If you are still unsure about the above access information, please do not hesitate to contact me at the space below.

Where is the best accommodation for anniversaries in Hakone?

If you are looking for venues for special occasions, the property would be one of the best.  The staff arranges cakes to celebrate an anniversary at an additional charge if you request in advance.
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Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms called Seirin, Yamaji, or Minehagumo.  Seirin has a beautiful bamboo forest view.  The other two have great mountain views.  Personally, I love Yamaji.  The room is spacious, comfortable, and functional.  We fully enjoyed peaceful mountain views on the terrace with a beer in hand.  Then the room has an amazing private hot spring.  The spring quality is one of the best in Hakone.  We spent a lot of time jumping in and out of our private one.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, T-shirts, sweatpants, hooded sweatshirts, bathrobes, pajamas, a coffee mill set, a green tea set, and a complimentary minibar including beer, wine, champagne, etc.  You can ask the staff to refill the drinks for free.  Also, there are omnisens and Mt.Sapola amenities in the bathroom.  Room service is not available.  There is no TV.  Free Wi-Fi reception was good in our room.  A small sink and a wood-burning stove are installed in the room.  Also, a CD player, a DENON audio, a telescope, and an air cleaner are placed.

How about In-house Facilities?

Then you can use the lounge called “Free Bird” on-site.  There are many books, audio speakers, and astronomical telescopes.  Complimentary cup noodles, snacks, coffee, and tea, etc., are available at the lounge.  Also, complimentary Espresso, Americano, Cappuccino, Café latte, etc., are available at “Free Bird Café”.  On top of that, complimentary coffee, tea, and sweets, etc., are available at the main building.  Then there is no communal hot spring, but you can use communal ones in the hotel wing called hakone retreat före.  They are open from 6:00-10:00, 14:00-25:00.  Staff sends you to the venue by resort cart.  You may want to visit the hotel wing in the daytime.  It would be a bit hard to walk around the villas at night.  It’s very dark.  You can see a beautiful night sky, though.  Also, there is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.  Then Hakone Retreat Villa 1/f is not a universal design.  There are many steps and gravel paths on-site.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a villa near the main building.  Once you enter your room, you wouldn’t need to move around as there is a wonderful private hot spring.  Then the traditional main building has a distinguished history.  Let’s take a look at the architecture.
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How about meals?

The food experience was great.  You can choose either Japanese kaiseki at a private room in the main building or French cuisine for dinner and breakfast at the restaurant wing on-site.  You need to ask the staff to arrange a table in advance.  *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 around the property.  You may want to have meals on-site unless you have a car.

My impressions

The staff tends to be not sophisticated.  If you expect 5-star hotel service, this wouldn’t be.  Overall the price range would be reasonable if relaxation is your main purpose.  The hardware is clearly outstanding.  If you want to get a sophisticated luxury holiday villa experience in Hakone as you expect, it’s well worth staying here.  A one-night stay wouldn’t be enough.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Hakone Retreat Villa 1/f from the below space.   Check Availability and Pricing for the villa on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Hakone Retreat Villa 1/f

Style Luxury Mountain Villa
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 100,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
Internet Connection Free wifi in the villas
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Valet parking is available
Location Hakone Retreat Villa 1/f’s MAP
Access Refer to the above
Address and TEL 〒250-0631 Kanagawa Ashigarashimo-gun
Hakone-machi Sengokuhara 1290

Tel +81 460-83-9090
Official Homepage Hakone Retreat Villa 1/f’s HP

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