Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa


High up in the hills above Hakone-Gora is the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa. It was expensive but fabulous. To get there we took the Hakone-Tozan cable car, a funicular railway that climbs the mountain from Gora to Sounzan, to the Base station for the Hakone Ropeway.

Clearly out of season, there weren’t too many people at the hotel which made it all the more special.

The area is famous for its many onsen, or hot spring baths, and the hotel has its own onsen spa fed from the geothermal waters. We partook of course. If was pretty fabulous but probably not for those who have a problem with public nudity; swimwear is absolutely not permitted in onsen. They provide slippers, a yukata (a lightweight kimono) and a hanten (a sort of jacket or shawl worn in the wintertime) for you to lounge around the hotel and visit the onsen.

The hotel had "happy hour" from 4 to 7 pm, which we found out meant free drinks. After having a bit of dinner and a lot of whisky, we headed back for another round in the onsen (which, I later read, is a dangerous thing to do) which cleared the head and was quite rejuvenating.

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