Inside a Japanese Onsen
For those who don't know, an onsen is pretty much defined as a Japanese hot spring. An "onsen experience" can vary from a quick and inexpensive dip in a indoor, recycled water onsen or a traditional and luxurious overnight ryokan experience. I chose the latter and let me tell you...it was so worth it. I stayed at a ryokan in Hakone, Japan called Kansuiro. This specific property is "rich in history" and very traditional which made the experience seem so authentic. Hakone is known for its beauty, close proximity to Mt. Fuji, and mostly, it's onsens! Kansuiro was an unbelievable experience and worth every penny. Even if you're traveling on a budget, you must budget this into your trip in Japan! From the personal "butler?" to the gorgeous outdoor onsen overlooking the river to the 5 star 8 course dinner served to your room, it was perfect.
Now, let's talk about this dinner. I am a self-proclaimed foodie and this meal was one of the best I've ever had in my life. Specifically, the pike pressed sushi, the teriyaki trout, and the tempura swordfish. If you can't tell, I like fish. But so does Japan :) Fish is a major staple in the Japanese diet and they do it well!
After a few onsen soaks, some green tea, and a spectacular dinner, it was time for bed. Sticking to the traditional experience, Kansuiro sends an employee in to set up the beds (futons) right on the tatami mats. Yes, they sleep on the floor in Japan but it's surprisingly very comfortable.
In the morning, you will be met with another incredible feast in your room. A traditional Japanese breakfast!
During the whole of my stay, I was so relaxed and comfortable. This property is so beautiful and no details are missed to make your experience one to remember.