“The most delightful Mountain Resort in the Hakoue District is the Kaikatei, at Kowaki-dani, which is admitted by the Medical Faculty of Tokyo and Yokohama to be the Sunniest, Breeziest, and most Healthful spot accessible to foreigners in the Hakone District, standing alone and delightfully situated upon the mountain side, free from every suspicion of bad drainage and malaria, with a cool and constant breeze in the hot summer weather, and a view not to be equaled in the neighbourhood for variety and extent.
“The baths are ﬁlled with a constant and never-failing supply from the hot mineral springs just above the Hotel, the medicinal virtues of which are too well-known to need recapitulation. It is sufficient to say that whereas visitors ﬁnd many of the hot springs enervating those at Kowaki-dani are distinctly invigorating.
“One of the features of the Kaikatei is the detached suites of apartments, where perfect quiet and privacy can be secured. This arrangement for invalids and convalescents from the Tropics is a great desideratum, as being entirely removed from the Dining Room, Billiard Room, Bar, and Baths, while all are connected by covered passages.
“Visitors to Kowaki-dani who bring a rod with them will be shown the haunts of the speckled trout, a nice stream of several miles in length being within easy walking distance of the Hotel; Hakone Lake is also well stocked with a variety of ﬁsh, including salmon, and the fishing is FREE; while Entomologists will ﬁnd rare and valuable specimens in the surrounding hills, and the Flora of the district is extremely interesting to the Botanist.”
– “A Delightful Mountain Resort”, Japan Weekly Mail, July 7. 1894