Japan hasn’t fully opened up to tourists yet since shutting its borders, but I can dream, can’t I? Checking out gorgeous Hakone Ryokan on booking.com has been surprisingly therapeutic while I wait for the borders to open. It’s made me even more excited for my next trip to Japan.
With all the money I’ve saved in lockdown, I’ve been scoping more luxurious accommodation compared to my last backpacking in Japan trip. I’m hoping to splurge this time and stay in something like a Hakone Ryokan with a private onsen!
What is a Ryokan? An Onsen?
First let’s break down what I’m talking about here:
Hakone – A scenic Japanese town located south of Tokyo, famous for its hot springs and views of Lake Ashinoko and Mt. Fuji. Hakone makes a perfect day-trip from Tokyo but many travelers choose to spend the night here to stay in a Ryokan.
Ryokan – A traditional Japanese inn known for incredible hospitality, where guests can wear yukata (Japanese-style bathrobes) and enjoy Japanese multi-course dinner and breakfast
Onsen – Japanese hot springs which can be indoor or outdoor, public or private, and usually enjoyed in the nude (hence the preference for a private onsen)
10 Hakone Ryokan with Private Onsen
Here’s my compilation of 10 Hakone Ryokan with private onsen, ordered by price!
1. Hakone Hoshi no Akari
Japanese style room with Open-Air Bath – $464 per night for two people (triple room), $1,025 per night for four people (quadruple room), breakfast and dinner included
This ryokan has a large wooden onsen on each balcony or deck, and rooms with traditional Japanese interior.
For not much more money you can upgrade your room to a suite, which is on a higher level of the ryokan and has sweeping views over the Hakone mountains and golf course ($684 per night for two people). The ryokan has a rooftop as well, where you can enjoy views of the town.
2. Hakone Suimeisou
Japanese-Style Room with Open-Air Bath – $513 per night for two people, $977 per night for four people, breakfast and dinner included.
Hakone Suimeisou ryokan is located just 3 minutes away from the Hakone Yumoto Station, which means easy access to Odawara and the train lines back to Tokyo. The rooms are traditional Japanese, with a large multi-purpose room used for sleeping at night with futons and for relaxing during the day. The balcony has a large stone private onsen with views of the forest.
3. Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori
Deluxe Room with Tatami Area with Open-Air Bath Lakeside – $593 per night for two people, $945 per night for four people, buffet breakfast and dinner included, vegetarian options available
Hakone Ashinoko Hanaori is located at the base of the Hakone ropeway next to Lake Ashinoko and the Pirate Ship port, a perfect base to conveniently explore the rest of your Hakone itinerary. The gorgeous rooftop also overlooks Lake Ashinoko.
This ryokan has a more budget option for a ryokan room with private onsen: the twin room with open-air bath for only $461 per night for two.
4. Senkyoro Ryokan
Japanese-Style house with open-air bath – $625 per night for two people, $1,103 per night for four people, breakfast and dinner included
This tatami room has an outdoor onsen and private backyard where guests can admire the Ryokan’s beautiful outdoor foliage. Compared to many other Hakone ryokans with private onsen, Senkyoro is much more spacious.
The public onsen at Senkyoro are made of stone and overlook the rolling hills of Hakone.
5. Hakone Airu
Standard Room with Open-Air Bath with Mountain View 2F – $691 per night for two people, breakfast and dinner included
Hakone Airu has large stone, private onsen on the balcony of every room, which overlooks the Hakone mountains. If you’re looking for a Hakone Ryokan with a private onsen and a great view, this one might be the perfect one for you.
When making your booking online, you can choose between a steak, sushi, or shabu-shabu (Japanese hot pot) dinner, for various prices.
6. Kansuiro Ryokan
Japanese-Style Room with Hot Spring Bath – $740 per night for two people, $1,799 per night for four people (room with open-air bath), breakfast and dinner included. Vegetarian option available
This ryokan is located in a historic building with traditional architecture located on the Haya River in Hakone. Guests can choose between rooms with an outdoor or indoor private onsen.
The building itself has an outdoor onsen and several indoor onsen that guests can enjoy.
7. OKCS Retreat Hakone Villa
Villa with Garden View with Private Hot Spring Bath – $786 per night for two people, breakfast and dinner included
This ryokan is located in wooden cabins, giving more of a mountain lodge feel than of a Japanese ryokan. It’s surrounded by the Japanese forest, giving a much more secluded feel than some other Hakone ryokans. If you don’t want to include food but still stay at this beautiful ryokan, the price drops to $500 per night for two people!
8. Tensui Saryo Ryokan
Japanese-Style Room With Open-Air Bath – $831 per night for two people, $1,345 per night for four people, breakfast and dinner included
The Tensui Saryo Ryokan is a great Hakone Ryokan which gives you options depending on your budget and room preference. Book either western-style rooms or Japanese tatami rooms in this Ryokan. The meals included are optional as well, with the potential to book just the room, just the room + breakfast, or the room, breakfast, and dinner included like a typical Ryokan.
If you want to upgrade your room and open-air Ryokan experience, check out the deluxe twin room with the open-air onsen and a separate foot bath, or their upper-level rooms complete with a Hakone mountain view.
9. Hakone Kyuan
Standard Twin Room with Sofa – $932 per night for two people, $1,687 per night for four people, breakfast and dinner included
Hakone Kyuan is one of the more centrally-located ryokans in Hakone, walking distance from Hakone Yunnessun onsen park and the Hakone Museum of Art. It has a variety of rooms including ones without a private onsen, but the ones that do blend the boundaries between the outdoor private onsen and the indoor room.
If you can stretch your budget further, Hakone Kyuan Ryokan has super luxurious suites as well, that’ll set you back over $1000 USD per person.
Luxury Suite with Mt. Fuji View – $1,221 per night for two people, breakfast and dinner included, vegetarian option available
This ryokan only has one type of room available, all overlooking the nearby Lake Ashinoko and with views of Mt. Fuji. Surrounded by bamboo groves and with a stone private onsen, and public onsen to choose from, you’ll be spending a lot of time enjoying nature outdoors at this luxurious ryokan.
Are You Prepared For Your Trip To Japan?
- Book Your Flights – To find the cheapest flights, flexibility is key. I use both Google Flights for their low fare calendar, and Skiplagged, which uses airfare loopholes to get the lowest prices. For a trip to Japan, check flights to both Tokyo airports (Haneda, Narita) and to Osaka (Kansai).
- Getting Around Japan: Prepare your JR Pass and Suica transit card before you depart.
- Book Your Accommodation – Check out Booking.com for the largest selection of accommodation in Japan.
- Book Local Excursions – Don’t miss out on world-class experiences, like Teamlab Borderless or Tokyo Disneyland, by booking tickets online now. Check GetYourGuide and Voyagin for fun experiences all around Japan.
- Stay Connected: Order a pocket WiFi for airport pickup if you’re traveling with family or with a large group. Solo traveling to Japan? Order a SIM card just for you.
- Buy Travel Insurance – It’s better to protect yourself from mishaps when traveling. Get a quote from World Nomads to see how much it’ll cost to get you covered!
- Pack Your Essentials – Check out my posts about Long Term Travel Gear, and Carry-On Luggage Packing Essentials.
- Read more on my Travel Resources page!