Ryokan Hakone Ginyu

Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Overlooking the Hakone Mountains, this refined hot spring hotel is the perfect combination of modern and traditional.

001-1 Miyanoshita Kanagawa Prefecture 250-0404 Hakone Japan
Hakone Ginyu outside view
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Hakone Ginyu balcony view
Hakone Ginyu view of mountains
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Hakone Ginyu restaurant
Hakone Ginyu onsen view
Hakone Ginyu infinity pool
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Hakone Ginyu private room onsen
Hakone Ginyu private room onsen
Hakone Ginyu private room onsen
Hakone Ginyu private room onsen
Hakone Ginyu private room onsen

Known as one of Japan’s top ryokans, Hakone Ginyu is the perfect combination of modern and traditional.

Ginyu is perched on the edge of a mountain overlooking a steep valley that drops into the Haya River.

In addition to each room having its own private rotenburo (outdoor hot spring bath), the ryokan also offers three public onsen, each of which has its own ambience.

At a Glance

20 guest rooms (Japanese rooms and Japanese/Western style rooms)

Make sure to book a room on the top (3rd/4th) floors for best views

A 90 minutes train ride (90 km) from Tokyo to Miyanoshita Station on the Hakone Tozan Rail Line and from there just a two-minute walk to the ryokan.

Ginyu is perched on the edge of a mountain overlooking a steep valley that drops into the Haya River.

Kaze, Hoshi, Sora and Tsuki. These four words mean, respectively, Wind, Star, Sky and Moon, and they form the basis of the four different styles of room décor that you can choose from.

Two of the communal baths have saunas attached, while the Tsukishiro bath features an impressive infinity pool.

The Spa welcomes you for soothing massages, facial treatments and reflexology.

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'Ginyu' means a person seeking inspiration for a poem by traveling around.

As you stroll down the short hill from Miyanoshita Station towards Ginyu, the little village you pass through belies the natural wonders that await. Although Hakone is known for offering respite from Tokyo’s concrete jungle, there are few places that offer the kind of exquisite, romantic escape you’ll experience at Ginyu.

Spectacular views of the Haya-Kawa River as well as the Hakone Mountains set the perfect backdrop for poetic inspiration. The entrance and lobby are located on the top of the building. The essence of Japanese style emanates through the corridors and continues throughout the entire resort. The infinite beauty of the natural surroundings will enable you to forget the stress of everyday life. You will be transported to a different world once you arrive at Hakone-Ginyu.
There are four room styles – Kaze, Hoshi, Sora and Tsuki (Wind, Star, Sky and Moon). The 100 sqm. Kaze room is on the fourth floor with beautiful views across the valley. The third floor is home to the 6 68sqm. Hoshi rooms plus one 90 sqm. maisonette, which are themed with touches of exotic Balinese memorabilia. The 5 68sqm. Sora rooms on the second floor are bright and breezy, and boast traditional Japanese décor – ideal if you’re keen to experience a more classic ryokan atmosphere. Finally, the 6 100 sqm. ground floor Tsuki rooms could very easily be called a home away from home as they flow out onto the balcony and garden, providing a cozy yet sophisticated setting.

A traditional multi-course Japanese dinner (Kaiseki) is one of the highlights at Ginyu. Meticulously prepared and served in the comfort of your room, kaiseki-ryori is a feast of fresh, seasonal and artfully presented ingredients. Courses include fish, meat and vegetables, served in perfect portions that help to pace the meal out for a leisurely evening. After dinner, head up to one of the ryokan’s bars and sip on a cocktail as you gaze out at the view or, if seated inside, at one of the exotic fish tanks that serve as lounge centerpieces.

Hakone has a variety of museums in the area. The Hakone Open-Air Museum and the Okada Museum of Art are especially recommended. They are close to each other, 15 minutes apart on foot.

The Hakone Open-Air Museum is a spectacular facility, featuring artworks by Picasso, Henry Moore, Churyo Sato and many others. Many of the sculptures are displayed outdoors in a unique natural setting. The museum has over 1,000 artworks in total.

The Okada Museum of Art, which opened in 2013, is an airy, spacious building, with exhibits of Asian art, mostly Japanese, Chinese and Korean, from ancient times to the present. The art is from the collection of Kazuo Okada. You can stroll through the spacious gardens, and then rest your feet in hot spring footbaths while enjoying a drink. The restaurants next door to the museum are excellent, as well.

You may extend your way to visit Daiyuzan Saijo-ji temple, in the town of Minami Ashigara. This incredibly beautiful but relatively unknown – even to Japanese – temple is nestled amongst rich nature, with lovely, peaceful, beautifully kept grounds and timeless Buddhist architecture.

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