A wonderful introduction into Japanese lifestyle! Small ryokan in the mountains with friendly staff that speaks little English but manages important issues with smartphone translation. Spotlessly clean, bedclothes have sunny outdoors-dried scent. Traditional warm bathtubs in most rooms, then you can test the communal hot pool too. The food is very Japanese; three different 7-or-more-course dinners on the 3 nights we stayed, and fish and rice plus other interesting things for breakfast as well. But then you can go downhill to Gora and have great coffee at St. Moritz at the station. Gora is a small village at the end stop of the train line. Buy a 2-or 3-day Hakone pass to travel with local buses, cable cars and the ships on lake Ashi. Many museums in the area and hiking opportunities. If you have an inquisitive mind and need a good relaxation, this is the place for you!