Escape: Hot Springs in Hakone
No trip to Japan is complete without a trip to nearby hot springs. Though you can find a vast array of onsen (hot springs) and sento (local bathhouses) in Tokyo, it’s worth a trip out of the city for a visit to Hakone. The town, located just an hour and a half away from Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku station, is one of Japan’s most famous resort towns, revered for its fresh mountain air and healing hot springs.
For a real treat, stay overnight at the historic Fujiya Hotel. The classic inn has seen its share of famous guests over the years—Charlie Chaplin, Helen Keller, John Lennon
, Prince Albert (later George VI) of the UK, and various emperors and empresses have all stayed here—and remains a welcoming and upscale escape from Tokyo. In addition to its three restaurants—French, Japanese and Western—the hotel has a tea lounge and historic bar.
Perhaps most importantly, the hotel has its own hot spring facilities, including a classic hot spring (with the spring source constantly flowing in), a private Mermaid bath, hinoki wood bath, pool and Jacuzzi.
359 Miyanoshita, Hakone-machi, Kanagawa-ken
Tel: +81 460-82-2211