7 BEST RYOKAN FOR PRIVATE onsen EXPERIENCE IN HAKONE

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Relaxing in a private hot spring surrounded by nature is definitely one of the top dreams of travelers to Japan. As the most sought-after hot spring town in Japan, Hakone has many different types of Ryokan with amazing private onsen. Read this article to find the best-fit to your dreams within your budget.

1. Matsuzakaya Honten (松坂屋本店)


The traditional, Japanese experience.

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Established in 1662, Matsuzakaya has seen many faces, big and small, for over 350 years. And though the times have changed, Matsuzakaya preserves the look and feel it had all those years ago.

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Though located in a quiet area, Matsuzakaya is still easy to access and close to popular tourist spots like Ashinoko lake and Hakone shrine.

Not just a building, Matsuzakaya is an environment. It has 5 different buildings and 22 rooms, and the Ryokan recently opened 5 new private hot springs that you can reserve. Both of the public and private onsen serve unfiltered, 100% natural hot spring water.

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Photo from Matsuzakaya

If your budget allows, I recommend you to stay in one of the fabulous rooms with a private onsen.

Transportation:   2h from shinjuku station  (Map)

BUdget range:   ​$220 - $450/person/night

Ryokan Type:  Traditional, Luxury

Rooms:  22 rooms (5 rooms with private open-air onsen)

Private Hot Spring:   5 reservable Indoor & Open-air onsen


Public HOT SPRING:    1 large public onsen

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2. Hoeiso (豊栄荘)


The home in the mountains you always wanted.

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Photo from Hoeiso

Overlooking a steep valley with the verdant Hakone mountains almost an arms-breadth away, Hoeiso feels like an oasis of peace and solitude in the mountains.

You would never guess it is only a 15-minute bus trip from the center of Hakone. Experience the quiet, almost rustic atmosphere that focuses on comfort and simplicity. 

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Photo from Hoeiso

Walk through the stone path through the forest-like garden on your way to a private, hidden hot spring while the Sukumo river sings to you.

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Photo from Hoeiso

While boasting the Pheasant Kaiseki courses which they have kept and developed since the foundation, Hoeiso is very flexible to dietary needs like vegetarian, Halal, allergies, and so forth.

We highly recommend to arrive at Hoeiso early and have the onsen all to yourself. The usual check-in time is 3 PM.

Transportation:   2h from shinjuku station  (Map)

BUdget range:   $200 - $300/person/night

Ryokan Type:   Traditional, Rustic

Rooms:  18 rooms (All rooms with private indoor hot spring)

Private Hot Spring:   1 reservable Open-air onsen


Public HOT SPRING:    1 large public onsen

For more details:   Click here

3. Ginyu (吟遊)


Your hidden luxury oasis in the mountains of Hakone

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Located in Miyanoshita, one of the Seven Hot Springs of Hakone, Ginyu is built on the slope of a cliff of the Hakone mountains.

And that's the first thing you see when you check in at Ginyu. It's just you and the amazing Hakone mountains.

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But it doesn't end at the lobby. You gaze upon the verdant, lush mountainside from your room, breathing in the fresh mountain air, while soaking in your own private onsen bath.

And when you've had your fill of the mountains, enjoy the best taste of Japan
you can get. The staff will bring you a delicious, multi-course meal with ingredients from all over Japan - right to your room.

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Plan your mountain escape with Ginyu before it gets full.
(And believe us, this place gets booked fast!)

Transportation:   1.5h from shinjuku station  (Map)

BUdget range:   $270 - $450/person/night

Ryokan Type:   Modern, Luxury

Rooms:  20 rooms (All rooms with private open-air hot spring)

Private Hot Spring:   1 Open-air onsen in Spa


Public HOT SPRING:    1 large public onsen

For more details:   Click here

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4. Tenyu (天悠)


Delight your five sense with best in class Japanese luxury

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Tenyu's mission statement is simple: Delight the five senses.
And every aspect of your stay at Tenyu follows this theme.

Tenyu is a brand-new Ryokan opened in April, 2017, incorporating traditional Hakone with modern aesthetics. 

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When you enter the lobby, the first thing you will see through the large glassed-wall is the beautiful lush green of the mountains. You will have the great view from the balcony of your room with a private open-air onsen.

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Besides the private in-room onsen, you can feel like you are floating in the mountains with their large shared infinity bath.

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Cuisine at Tenyu is a perfect blend of Japanese and western. Tenyu will accommodate your dietary preferences (vegetarian, vegan, allergies, halal etc). If you stay in a suite room, dining will be in your room.

Stay at Tenyu and delight all your senses

Transportation:   1.5h from shinjuku station  (Map)

BUdget range:   $230 - $600/person/night

Ryokan Type:   Modern, Luxury

Rooms:  150 rooms (All rooms with private open-air hot spring)

Public HOT SPRING:    2 indoor and open-air onsen

For more details:   Click here

5. Kitoen (きんとうえん)


The traditional experience with modern comforts

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If you want to enjoy traditional Ryokan in comfort and experience Japanese-style bathing in private environment, you can't ignore Kintoen.

Just a 5-minute walk from Hakone-yumoto station, you can get to Kintoen within 2 hours from central Tokyo.

Once you step in the Ryokan, you'll be overwhelmed with hospitality and modern Japanese aesthetics.

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While many Ryokans buy hot spring water from hot spring owners, Kintoen has their own hot spring, so you can enjoy refreshing, invigorating hot spring water even in your room.

Renovated in 2017, the facilities are very clean and updated while keeping the traditional taste. If the cleanliness is your top priority, this is a great option.

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Though it is located in the small downtown area, the mountain views from your room transport you deep into the mountains. Have your own private getaway by relaxing in the private open-air onsen if choose the suite room.

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Photo from Kintoen

Even if you don't stay in a suite room, no worries. You can reserve two types of private onsen on the top floor and enjoy the great views of Hakone mountains.

Transportation:   1.5h from shinjuku station  (Map)

BUdget range:   $150 - $300/person/night

Ryokan Type:   Modern

Rooms:  17 rooms (3 rooms with private open-air hot spring)

Public HOT SPRING:    2 indoor and open-air public onsen

For more details:   Click here

6. MUSASHINO BEKKAN (武蔵野別館)


A hole-in-the-wall - for aristocracy 

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Just 2-hour travel from central Tokyo, Musashino bekkan is located in a quiet valley of Miyanoshita where you can enjoy the grand view of Hakone mountains.

Once you step into the Ryokan, you're transported 300 years into the past. The feel of the tatami mats against your feet is with you wherever you go. The faint fragrance of incense pervades the Ryokan - even in the elevator.

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Each room comes with a private onsen made of fragrant Japanese cypress (open-air one in the suite room. The Kotatsu - a table which is a low table with a quilt underneath the table often with a heater built-in, allows you to enjoy the space in winter, too.

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Photo from Agoda

The best part is the natural hot spring baths.

Musashino Bekkan offers a variety of open-air and private onsen. The fragrant cypress, the rhythmic beat of the pouring water, the mist from the hot, mineral rich water provides a sensory experience that's hard to find - even in other Ryokan.

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A unique feature of this Ryokan is the small bar,  "Yoigetsu-tei". You can enjoy their cold "Sarari tea", Sake, and other refreshments after your hot-spring onsen.

Enjoy this secret off the beaten path - you'll thank us for it.

Transportation:   1.5h from shinjuku station  (Map)

BUdget range:   $220 - $450/person/night

Ryokan Type:   Traditional, Luxury

Rooms:   20 rooms (5 rooms with private open-air hot spring)

Public HOT SPRING:    2 indoor and open-air public onsen

For more details:   Click here

7. YUI (結唯)


Your best-in-class private forest getaway 

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When one thinks of the best Ryokan in Hakone, Yui comes to mind.

Gazing upon the verdant forest mountains, you'll hear the river, waterfall and birds singing - all from your room.

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Each of their 11 rooms has its own personality with a wide window facing the river and waterfall.

Their unique hot spring water - known for its healing properties - feels like silk on your skin.

Your room comes with a fragrant cypress-wood bathtub in your room - delivering the water right to your room.

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Photos from Yui

Their chef hand-picks the ingredients at markets for their finest seasonal Japanese Kaiseki meals.

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Photos from Yui

Escape the stresses of life and enter into timeless relaxation at Yui

Transportation:   1.5h from shinjuku station  (Map)

BUdget range:   $340 - $600/person/night

Ryokan Type:   Modern, Luxury

Rooms:   11 rooms (6 rooms with private open-air hot spring)

Public HOT SPRING:    2 indoor and open-air public onsen

For more details:   Click here

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About The Author

Ken Osaki

A Tokyo native, Ken loves sharing Japanese culture with anyone who will listen. After spending 4 years working in LA, he moved back to Tokyo to start BestRyokan with Arthur Zetes. Ken loves traditional Japanese culture, and hopes you'll stay in the Ryokan he recommends!

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