If you want to experience true Japanese culture and tradition only one hour away from Tokyo, there is no better place than Hakone. From Tokyo, you’ll pass the beautiful, natural backdrop of Mount Fuji as you make your way to the hot spring capital. No matter where you are in your travels though, Prince Hotels provides a luxurious base that keeps you immersed in culture and relaxation.
The luxury of The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo
Conveniently located in the Minato district just a 3-minute walk from JR Shinagawa Station, The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo is a haven for relaxation and enjoying the beautiful views of Tokyo—the perfect place to start your trip. And, since the hotel’s complete renovation in 2013, you can now enjoy the lobby’s elegant decor and design in a contemporary Japanese style.
This hotel has many impressive facilities: a relaxation area with hot tub, a fitness room with a spa, and Japanese and Italian restaurants. However, the hotel’s Executive Lounge is restricted to Platinum members of the “Seibu Prince Club emi,” parent company of the Prince Hotels, as well as the Gold and Platinum members of the Marriott group. In the Executive Lounge, you can enjoy the bar and an all-you-can-eat buffet (which varies according to the schedule), all day long in a warm atmosphere with contemporary Japanese design.
You can also enjoy the hotel’s well-maintained and historic Japanese garden, perfect for relaxing in after a long day of sightseeing in Tokyo. Stroll to the pond to greet beautiful koi carp fish of all colors or admire the many cherry blossoms in spring.
All 288 rooms are very spacious (about 46m2 on average). Our deluxe room had stunning views of Tokyo, including the famous Tokyo Tower. It came complete with a luxurious bathroom, with both a shower and bath. There was also a large desk and sitting area with armchairs next to the large bay window to admire the view.
The stay was superb—it was just too short!
Getting from Tokyo to Hakone
To get to Hakone from Tokyo, take the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station. A short 30-minute ride takes you to Odawara Station (covered by the JR Pass). From there, take the Izu-Hakone bus to the Moto-Hakone stop (a 50-minute trip, 1,180 yen) or to Hakone-en stop if you are staying at The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko.
Alternatively, from Hakone-Yumoto Station, take the Izu-Hakone Bus to Moto-Hakone Station (30-minute ride, 960 yen).
For those staying in the luxurious The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, you can also take the Prince Express bus at Shinagawa Prince Hotel, which connects directly from the hotel to the Moto-Hakone stop on Lake Ashi (duration 2 hours, 2,200 yen – one return trip per day). The terminal stop is at The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko.
The view of Lake Ashi at The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko
Located along the shores of Lake Ashi (or Ashi-no-koto), the Prince Hotel offers the perfect environment for a relaxing getaway, as well as many attractions along the east side of the lake, just a short stroll away. Before making your way to your room, stop by the majestic lobby for the timeless atmosphere and classical music played by the piano without a pianist. The architecture is perfectly integrated with the surrounding nature along the shores of Lake Ashi.
All rooms in the main building have a balcony for enjoying the views of the garden and the lake. A dozen or so rooms even offer a direct view of the famous Mount Fuji! All the rooms are spacious and afford a large entrance and a living room area with armchairs arranged next to the window.
You can also relax in the hotel’s onsen, or head next door to the superb Onsen Ryuguden.
For all-day dining, there is plenty to choose from among the many restaurants in The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko (reservation required), such as:
- Restaurant Le Trianon (French cuisine)
- Nadaman Garden (Japanese cuisine)
- Lake Side Grill (fusion cuisine)
We recommend you enjoy the classic breakfast in Trianon. The menu is comprised of vegetable salads, an assortment of pastries, bacon, vegetables, soup, and eggs Benedict with the choice of lobster sauce! The restaurant boasts 5-stars for service, with the added bonus of a view of Mount Fuji, if the weather is mild enough. Why don’t you have some coffee and sink into the relaxing atmosphere?
The hotel also offers its guests a free shuttle from Odawara Station. Check their schedules and information here.
You can book a room in one of the Prince Hotels Group hotels directly on their website:
- The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo (from ¥25,000 per night)
- The Prince Hakone Lake Ashinoko (from ¥25,000 per night)
To see all Prince Hotels locations, check out this official website.
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