- Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
It was amazing. Everyone was friendly and the food was delicious.
Located in Hakone, Kinokuniya Ryokan is in the historical district and on the boardwalk. Hakone Shrine and Mishima Sky Walk are notable landmarks, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Hakone Kowakien Yunessun and Hakone Gora Park. Hakone-en Aquarium and Miyagino Hayakawa Breakwater Cherry Blossoms are also worth visiting.
Located just outside the main Hakone area (10 mins by bus from Moto-Hakone), the ryokan is located in a small residential village without any other touristy developments around it. Thus it was surprising to find such a well-developed ryokan, that can cater to large crowds, rather than the usually smaller minshuku, in such an area. Facilities were well developed, with an indoor garden, 2 distinct baths, a small souvenir shop and basically everything you should and would expect from a ryokan. Place was clean and spacious as well. Food too was great. Dinner was kaiseki style with dishes that are visibly Japanese, yet something I have not eaten anywhere else before. Breakfast was a Japanese/Western-style buffet that had a very good range of items.
Pros: Location, facilities.