We decided to go to Hakone. Initially, I was hoping for a trip where we could go on the Hakone sight-seeing loop to see the Open-Air Museum, little towns and the ropeway but that is best done when it's sunny and on Saturday, we woke up to the third day of almost continuous rain. That's ok, though! I mapped out the route and we headed out.
|Entrance way and Yukata selection table. I'll take them all!|
We arrived at the ryokan right before dinner. We changed into our yukatas and Hapi coats and headed downstairs. We were ready for a kaiseki feast! (I actually thought that this ryokan had in-room kaiseki meals but that was not an option. I'm a little confused since my parents and I thought the same thing in Miyajima so somewhere along the way, something is being lost in webpage translation.)
To be totally honest, I can't quite remember the order of dishes and I didn't take photos of every one. The one I didn't photograph was the penultimate course of miso soup, rice with lots of whitefish :o/ and pickles. There may have been one other that didn't make the photo cut but I really can't remember. But moving on! Let's call the sashimi course #2. It was amazing! The fish was so fresh and even though I normally have a rule about avoiding seafood in a mountain town, I'm fairly certain the sashimi had been caught that morning it was so fresh and tasty! The presentation was also pretty awesome- a pottery sculpture set on a complementary plate.
The next course was also tasty but the one I was a little squeamish about. See the cup on the right with two fish tails sticking out. Well, the heads were still attached. When SMS ate it, I was kind of grossed out which the waiter found funny. But I got over it and ate my two little fishes. They were pretty good but I wouldn't eat a whole bowl full. This course also contained conch, marinated leek, sweet potato, tofu and a small piece of sushi.
We loved the ryokan and highly recommend it. Although the in-room kaiseki meal continues to be elusive, it was a small dining room and romantic setting. It may be a little difficult to find but it's very worth it: Hakone Fura.