Okuyugawara Onsen Tsubaki is a small, Sukiya-style inn located in Yugawara Onsen, in Kanagawa Prefecture. The ryokan has 29 rooms, each one with a flat screen satellite television, a minibar, and an electric kettle with green tea, and are fitted with tatami mat flooring with futon beds.

The Western style rooms will have a separate bed and tatami sitting area. Some rooms will have a private open-air bath.

Guests can also enjoy the large communal open-air baths surrounded by the gardens, along with private baths that are available for reservation. Beer and jelly are also offered at the lounge for the guests to enjoy after their baths.

Additionally, a spa center is also available for the guests to relax their tired muscles in. The inn also features a pond garden surrounding the main building, a bar, a souvenir shop, and a banquet hall.

Okuyugawara Onsen Tsubaki can be accessed by taking the JR Limited Express from Tokyo Station to Yugawara Station. The inn is operating normally with safety measures in place and limited acceptance to prevent the spread of infection.

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Does this place have a private onsen for couples and families? Is this venue tatoo friendly?

Rooms with open-air hot spring baths available

Spring quality/qualities

Chloride spring, Sulfate spring

Tourist spots nearby

Mishima Skywalk, Lake Ashinoko, Hakone Shrine, Owakudani, Sengokuhara Pampas Grass Field (From late September to early November)

Top hot spring resort – Hakone

Hakone is a popular hot spring area accessible by train and car in a one and a half-hour ride from Tokyo. Enjoy the atmosphere with an assortment of everything from long-standing ryokan facilities that are of an important cultural asset class to hot spring ryokans of the resort hotel type. This area has a history stretching almost 1300 years as a hot spring.

Number of rooms

29 rooms

*Smoking is prohibited in all facilities

 

Rooms with open-air baths
Available

Onsen Area
Hakone

Is this place ryokan only or ryokan with an onsen?
Onsen Ryokan

Does this ryokan have private onsen (hot spring)?
Yes

Is there a communal shared public bath?
Yes

Are there additional rental options?
With open-air tubs 0 With indoor tubs 0 With both indoor and outdoor tubs 0

In or near
Tokyo

Price range (yen)
65,000 – 110,000

The price includes one dinner and one breakfast

 

Tsubaki

Total rating: 3.5
avatarCheemaCheema
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My first ryokan experience
The property was absolutely lovely, our room was very large, we chose the traditional room with patio and private onset which didn’t feel too private, we could see the lights to cars in the parking lot but we knew we couldn’t see people because of the forest so we weren’t bothered but others might be. The futons were not comfortable for me, I’ve slept in one and it was heaven but it was at a modern establishment years ago in Tokyo so it’s hard to say if this is how it’s suppose to be. My futon did have a stain and I only saw it after I tried to stack two futons on top of each other. The room was clean, well maintained, and STOCKED with everything we needed. Our meals were amazing, minus one breakfast where everything was neba neba lol. The hospitality was amazing! Everyone was so nice and helpful. The staffs English was “so so” and our Japanese was awful lol so we tried. I couldn’t use the baths because I have tattoos, but I did get a spa treatment from Saya, the only person at the hotel who actually speaks English! She was great, one of the best massages I’ve had in a long time. The ryokan is NOT in Hakone. It’s “near” geographically but far by transport. We took a taxi to the town to get ramen, the shop was closed, the only place open was a Denny’s, so guess what!? lol we had Denny’s.

avatarYellowleaf
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Beautiful Cultural Experience
If you love Japanese culture, traditional old school service, and exceptional Japanese high-end multi-course food, this is it. Go and have this experience this before these historic inns disappear. Expensive? Yes. Great value? Absolutely. This type of inn with such dedication to excellence are national treasures. I loved the ritual greetings and the subtle decor. It is like an old, expensive, well-kept house. Sure, the cream coloured carpets showed their age but this is all part of the ambience. First impression was almost a deafening stillness at the inn once we stepped through the door, removed our shoes and changed into slippers. It was a true entrance between the outside and inside. We were greeted with exquisite politeness and shown to a large room where we were seated to face the rock garden. Then came the hot towels, tea and the little mochi. My family started sit up a bit straighter to whisper instead of talking in our normal voices. It was almost if we were gently moulded into our best behaviour by the setting. This continued when we completed the checkin at leisure, selected the hour of our meal times, drinks, and spa treatment and for at least an hour after we were shown our room. I had booked a private onsen with a lemon scented hinoki cypress wooden tub on a deck over the creek. With a blooming camelia bush arching over water, the room was idyllic. The bathroom/shower had another door that led to the tub. This perfect set-up has the potential to ruin any future hot springs vacation as it is now the 'gold standard'. The host and hostess did not speak English but our server for the two nights was a lovely young woman whose next job was a one year working visa to the US. So we had some good basic conversations. Food was wonderful. At first I was concerned about whether it would be a waste of money for the non-adult. However, our teenager surprisingly tried and could appreciate the massive effort of putting together the meals. As each course was served, we had time to discover and discuss each dish as a family. Small example on the value aspect: At Tsubaki, there were an exuberance of unique artisanal ceramics and lacquer ware are used at each meal. It takes years to accumulate and care for such dishes and the chef has to carefully consider his plating and presentation to create a harmonious composition. Each dish was subtle and flavourful. Thankfully we had all the time to savour slowly. Wished we had more room for the Hokkaido white rice, which was poetry in itself. Futon and the hugely fluffy duvets were great, as were the pj's. Spa was expensive but I would recommend it. Again, wonderful greeting. Incense, hot towel, foot bath. Not sure what treatment I had because I fell asleep until the therapist woke me to take me back to the room. Tsubaki is a treat to be savoured slowly. At least one night. Best stay 2. Note about going to Hakone: And it is easier and faster to take a taxi from the hotel and the back roads to Hakone/Lake Ashi to see that shinto gate on the lake than to taxi to train station, train to Odwara, change train to Hakone, then take bus.

avatarSM88
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An experience
The ryokan is an experience of a lifetime and I am glad I tried it although I don't think I will do so again. The ryokan itself is set in the hills of Hakone which are beautiful and the staff are absolutely wonderful! The way of living in a ryokan is very basic and unfortunately the food just wasn't to our taste. The onsen was wonderful and relaxing but the highlight of our stay was the couples massage we received. This was the best massage I have ever had! It was very expensive but thoroughly worth it! I had a headache from travelling 5 hours to get to Hakone that day and the massage got rid of my headache and left me feeling very relaxed. When we got back from our massage, our beds had already been set up and I had the best nights sleep as I was cocooned in between the mattress and duvet.

avatarMary C
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Secluded, Peaceful, Relaxing, Traditional - Worth It!
An amazing experience, two-night stay. I read that one long bad review from 2016 before going, and after visiting for myself, they seem like privileged A-holes not looking to have even the slightest cultural experience. I would recommend this place to any of my friends for at least one night. It was pricey, but the experience was well worth it. English was very well spoken by at least one member of the staff, which I wasn't expecting. Even then, everyone we encountered spoke a small amount of English. I have only a basic Japanese vocabulary and still had an amazing time. We were not expecting western-style beds as we chose a traditional Japanese-style room. The futons and comforters were extremely comfortable. The meals were grand kaiseki course, set menus. The menu (both dinner and breakfast provided in English) blew my mind. And we were so full! Granted, there were some items on the menu that were experimental even for us, but we were happy to try them. Most items were relatively familiar and would be to most who eat fish/sushi. Dinners and breakfast are each served in your room at a kotatsu. We found it a wonderful and relaxing part of the traditional experience in our all tatami-floor room while wearing our yukata. Given that we walked an average 4 miles a day for nearly two weeks, and climbed an average of 18 flights per day, I wouldn't recommend Japan as a travel destination for anyone with knee problems (referring to that bad review. The kotatsu wasn't the problem). There were plenty of outlets to charge our electronics. No, we didn't need to charge anything with a 3-prong plug. If you do, you'll need a converter anywhere you go in Japan. The setting, the room, the bath...it's all a feast for the eyes and the soul. The pictures posted here by others are very true. This ryokan is off the beaten path, and we were the only foreigners I saw (though we did stay in our suite most of the time as we had a private onsen and amazing view). To get here, we took the bullet train to Odawara (JR Pass), then the local train (Still JR Pass) 4-stops south to Yugawara. From there, it's a 5-minute cab ride that costs between 17-20 USD each way. If you're looking for a secluded, traditional stay away from tourists, this is it. If you're looking to hit the sights in Hakone while staying here, it's not the best idea.

avatarEl Elefante Loco
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Love the garden view and private bath!
Beautiful garden view from the room and the private outdoor bath (onsen) was amazing! Food was great and really nice staff. We also went to the plum park in the area. It was approx. 30 mins taxi ride but nice to be surrounded by beautiful plum trees. Plum blossom seems to be a little delayed this year and perhaps the following week (first week of March) would be even more amazing! Highly recommended!

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