Ettie Kim

Blog

BLOG

 

Hakone | Japan Itinerary

 

Just an hour outside of Tokyo by train, Hakone is an idyllic town dotted with hot spring resorts, forests, mountains (with views of Mount Fuji!), and quaint storefronts. Hakone was a highlight of our trip, and L and I hope to return soon!

Photo Jul 18, 2 23 47 PM.jpg
 

where we stayed

 

Gora Hanaougi Madoka No Mori—

If you are looking for a tranquil and pampered stay in Hakone, I highly recommend our onsen ryokan Gora Hanaougi Madoka No Mori. The hotel had communal hot springs in-house, and our room also came with a private hot spring and a balcony overlooking mountains. Needless to say, I was a happy prune by the end of our stay.

 
 
Our ryokan
Photo Jul 19, 9 51 32 AM.jpg
 
 

Our Kyoto-style kaiseki experience was divine, and we had the choice to have dinner served in our hotel room or eat in a private dining room.

 

things to do in hakone

 

Hakone Open Air Museum—

A stunning art safari in the mountains of Hakone, a magical combination of human curation and natural scenery.

 
 
Photo Jul 18, 2 53 07 PM.jpg
Photo Jul 18, 2 57 04 PM.jpg

Wearing OV Clifton (< Follow the link to get 20% off your first order at Outdoor Voices!)

Lake Ashi Pier—

Instead of taking the pirate ship cruise (seemed a little gimmicky to us), we took a peaceful stroll along Lake Ashi Pier.

 
Ettie Kim Tokyo
 
 
 

Hakone-jinja Shrine—

Shinto shrine on the shores of Lake Ashi

Torii Gate

Torii Gate

 
 

Hakone Karaage Karatto—

We had most of our meals at our ryokan, so we didn’t eat out much, but this place is worth mentioning. Egggcellent karaage. The best L and I have ever had. So juicy and flavorful.

 
TravelEsther Kim