This Brand New Hotel in Hakone Incorporates Ukiyo-E and other Design Elements From the Showa Era

Get transported back in time.

Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora
924-1 Kiga, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa Prefecture
Check in time starts from 3 p.m., while check out time is 11 a.m.

There’s a new brand of the Intercontinental Hotel Group, Hotel Indigo, that launched in the middle of the hotel opening rush.
Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora opened late last January in the famous hot spring town. While this brand has built around 110 properties around the world, this is the first time they have expanded to Japan.

Standing beside the
Hayakawa River, Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora gives you a scenic view of the rows of cherry blossom trees in spring

Hotel Indigo brand opens in Japan for the first time

The concept of
Hotel Indigo is a “neighborhood story,” which aims to incorporate the distinctive personality of each city, including traditions, culture, and history, into their properties. No two hotels are alike since each has features deeply rooted in the area they are built-in. 

Hakone, where the brand decided to open its first Japanese branch, is a hot spring town with abundant nature and a peaceful environment loved by many cultural and political figures since the Meiji era, which is why the history of the people who visited this town remains strong.

They use designs related to the town in various places in the hotel. Photos of Hakone from the early Showa era taken by Studio Cafe Shima, a local photo studio since 1919, and ukiyo-e with Hakone as the theme are displayed inside.
Yosegi zaiku (mosaic woodwork), a traditional handicraft from Hakone, can be seen everywhere. Experience-based activities such as yosegi zaiku workshop with a local craftsman as instructor will also be offered at the hotel.

Lobby designed like a traditional Japanese house with the concept of sunken hearth.

Headboards have Showa era photos and ukiyo-e of Hakone as decoration.

Each floor sign is made using yosegi zaiku style.

Enjoy both Japanese style private hot spring bath and large unisex public bath

When in Hakone, you cannot skip a visit to the hot springs. One of the pride of this hotel is the Japanese style bath with hot spring water in all its 98 guest rooms. The 80 rooms overlooking the Hayakawa River are each equipped with an open-air bath, where you can enjoy a luxurious moment while watching the clear stream below.

For families and those traveling in groups, the large unisex public bath where you can enjoy both the hot spring and digital art, is recommended. Get warmed up from the inside and relieve daily stress in the 120 cm deep standing hot spring and the relaxing whirlpool bath. The digital art on the wall changes every few months. It depicts the four seasons of Hakone with a contemporary twist, creating a unique ambiance. You can have a memorable stay whether you prefer the hot spring bath in your room or the public bath where you can relax with your family and friends.


Japanese style open-air bath in the guest rooms.

Digital art of Hakone through the seasons in the public bath.

120 cm deep standing hot spring

Restaurant menu uses local ingredients abundantly

With fire as its concept, the restaurant is aptly furnished with a large wood burning stove where the chef’s specialty, grilled dish, is prepared. Smoke released from firewood adds flavor to the meat and brings out its umami. Ingredients come from within the region, such as Ashigara beef from a local supplier, fresh seafood from a market in Odawara, and locally produced eggs and vegetables. You don’t need a hotel reservation to dine in the restaurant, so why not stop by to try the flavor of Hakone and make the most of your day trip?

The restaurant has a mostly wooden, natural design alluding to yosegi and kumiko arts (assembling wooden patterns without using nails).

Chef’s specialty made with the large wood burning stove.

Discover the new charm of Hakone with Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora, where you can experience the neighborhood’s nature and culture.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (10 February 2020)

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