One of the highly sought ryokans in Hakone has finally replied me that they do have availability after all.
But this will cost me 888 sgd / person because it is known as ‘SEASONAL price’.
And strange enough, the normal price (which is approx. 30% cheaper) will be valid if I choose to go 2 days later.
[note to self: willing to spend for Bo’s birthday but not to this extreme. already bleeding from other costs involved].
As you can tell (again), how madly excited I am about Japan. I had better be laughing myself silly-happy if I do re-read this entry some time in the future, post the trip.