Exploring the beauty of Hakone also gives you a chance to experience some wonderful local delicacies in the the area. Each village in Hakone has their own popular places to have lunch or dinner. Most visitors will tour the town and eat out during the day and go back to their hotel or ryokan for a fabulous meal. The meals served at ryokan are often special experiences themselves and should be had at least once during your time in Japan. The hotels often offer buffet style dining, but depend on your accommodation.
The Fujiya Hotel in Hakone opened on July 15, 1878. The classic exterior of the building is full of attractions, and the hotel is one of the pioneer resort hotels in Japan. The guest lists for this hotel includes Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Helen Keller, Dwight Eisenhowser, Emperors, and many more.
They're not just about their stunning appearance and grace; they represent a rich cultural heritage that's deeply ingrained in Japan's history and traditions. Hakone is one of the most popular places in Japan to meet, learn, and experience the world of the geisha.
Hakone is home to many ryokan who have welcomed travelers for hundreds of years. The traditional form of hospitality known as "Omotenashi" is part of a cultural experience at a ryokan. This is the story of one of many places in Hakone that have been in operation for more than 300 years.