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4 Popular, Cozy & Tasteful Yugawara B&Bs

| Pension , Hakone-Yugawara

There are a number of family-oriented, affordable, yet stylish Western-style B&Bs (known as "pensions") to be found in Yugawara. Below are our Top 4 picks in this hot spring-rich region.

1. Bonne Femme

"Bonne femme" means "good wife" in French. This pension serves rustic French dishes made with plenty of love, and the Yamato pork simmered with red wine, acqua pazza and sashimi funamori (sashimi on a boat-like dish) are particularly popular. Relax as you enjoy an exquisite French-influenced dining experience, normally impossible to find at a traditional Japanese inn. And the view from the free private bath is like it's straight out of a painting! This kind of cooking and service at such a low price is a great bargain!

- hotel-bf.com (Japanese)

2. Chōbō Sansō

Located on high ground, the view from the sundeck at Chōbō Sansō is superb. Enjoy American jacuzzis, as well as a Western-style, full-course dinner prepared using plenty of seasonal ingredients. The freshly baked homemade bread is something you absolutely need to try!

- www.chooboo.co.jp (Japanese)

3. Mandarin House

Mandarin House is a tranquil pension that watches over a quiet mandarin orange grove. It feels totally like a resort, partly owing to the Hawaiian atmosphere that comes from the Kona coffee served on-site, featuring fun and exotic flavors like vanilla macadamia nut, chocolate raspberry and hazelnut. Have your fill of fresh fish in a sashimi funamori or a bouillabaisse, caught in local waters such as those at nearby Manazuru Port. Of course, meat dishes are also available.

- mandarinhouse.net (Japanese)

4. Pension Hana

This pension is popular both for its locally caught seafood and the beautiful view of Yugawara's seas that it commands from its elevated location. Particularly famous is its mago chazuke, a locally beloved fishermen's meal. Be sure to experience this traditional Japanese dish for yourself, made by placing raw fish caught in the waters off Manazuru Port on top of rice and pouring piping hot soup stock over it.

- www.hana2009.com (Japanese)