My Japan itinerary for this Fall is pretty much set in stone, but the part I've been kind of waffling on has been Hakone. I thought it would be nice to end my trip with an evening at a Ryokan with a mountain-side view.
However, with my tight schedule, I can only spend one night there, and the current plan is to head there from Kyoto in the late afternoon in time for dinner, then spend the next day exploring and being back in Tokyo by the evening so that my last day before my flight is there.
I guess my question is if this will turn out to be too much of a hassle or a rush? Will it be easy/affordable to find transportation from the Odawara station to somewhere closer to the lake that is direct and not following the loop? If I'm pressed for time the next morning, is it easy to get to attractions without doing the loop i.e. straight to the open-air museum?
Conversely, if you think this limited amount of time will not be ideal and I change this to just spending more time in Tokyo and/or Kyoto, is there another good alternative spot to recommend either in those two cities or in the journey in-between? I know there are tons of Ryokans in both but many don't seem to have outdoor onsens and I'm worried it will still have the feel of being in a big city.