While the Hakone area I stayed at the Fuji Hakone Guest House , the family that run it are very friendly and have lots of advice on what to go and see and basic things like the restaurants in the area.
It was my fist experience staying in a tatami room, got to say it was actually really comfortable! So this was my room, before the bag explosion hit. You know about bag explosions right? No matter how much or how little I have in my pack as soon as I open it ‘stuff’ ends up everywhere as inevitably the thing I want is the last thing one pulls out of the bag!
While the cherry blossoms haven’t quite bloomed yet the little tree out side my window was doing its best.
They also have their own hot spring bathing rooms. An inside one and an outside one. While I didn’t visit the outdoor one I certainly made use of the indoor one. It’s very hedonistic but its a pleasure that everyone has to try at least one in their lifetimes!
Now one topic that travellers inevitably get onto at one point or another while swapping travel stories is toilets. Usually bad/worst toilets they have discovered or had the misfortune to use in the world. Toilet in in Japan see to be on a whole new level, in a good way. The seats are heated, I’m liking that. Some of them make a flushing sound when you sit down, now that is kind of startling when you are not expecting it. The only thing I can think of is that it covers up what you are doing but that is a little silly I mean its a toilet. People kind of already know what you are doing…. They can also deodorise all by themselves.
The sign in the toilet at the guest house however made me laugh since someone has obviously pushed the wrong button by mistake and got a bit of a shock. That or everyone just kept asking questions so the label went up in self defence.
So if you are in the area and searching for somewhere to stay give the Fuji Hakone Guest Housea try!