Gion Hatanaka

Gion Hatanaka

What kind of ryokan is Gion Hatanaka?

This is one of the great ryokans in Japan. When you enter the premises, you will feel luxurious and authentic at the same time. There are many tourists on the nearby main street, but the area around the ryokan is very quiet.

I would recommend it to all Japan connoisseurs. The traditional architecture, interior design, decorations, service, hospitality, and Japanese cuisine are all top-notch. During your stay, you will be able to experience the true Kyoto culture.

These days, more and more ryokans are offering sophisticated and up-to-date facilities and services, as well as wonderful views of the Japanese gardens, while still remaining traditional and venerable. Compared to them, Gion Hatanaka tends to be considered a bit old-fashioned overall. However, I think that is one of the best things about this place. I hope that no matter how much the times change, Gion Hatanaka will remain the same.

It is located in the heart of the Higashiyama area, one of the most quaint areas in Kyoto, and is surrounded by many attractive sightseeing spots, making you feel like a samurai just walking around.

If you are staying here, I would recommend that you take a stroll along the cobblestone streets around the ryokan to fully enjoy Kyoto, instead of taking the train or bus here and there.

Kyoto is deep and there is something to discover every time you visit. I hope you will find your own favorite place.

Gion Hatanaka is great for couples, families, or small groups. *If you are a solo traveler, you need to negotiate before booking a room. There are 21 rooms only. We never met other guests during our stay. The property emphasizes private experiences for each guest.

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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, it is if you take a taxi from Kyoto Station. It takes 10min and costs JPY1,500. The property is located in Gion, near Yasaka Shrine.

If you take a train, get off at Gion-Shijo Station or Kawaramachi Station, and then a 15min-walk to the property. The location is not great access to public transportation. If you are visiting for the first time or have a lot of luggage, I would recommend taking a cab from Kyoto Station.

Gion Hatanaka is a famous ryokan, so most of the cab drivers will know where it is, but the area is full of narrow alleys, so it is best to show them the address and tel No. in Japanese below. They can enter the phone number into the car navigation system to confirm the destination.

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〒605-0074 京都府京都市東山区祇園町南側505
電話番号 075 541 5315

 

Where is the best accommodation for anniversaries in Kyoto?

If you are looking for a good place for a special occasion, the property is one of the best. The staff arranges flowers and cakes to celebrate an anniversary at additional charges if you request by 3 days in advance.

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Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a room with a view of the Yasaka Shrine. Most of the rooms have no nice view. Since many of the places in this area are registered as World Heritage Sites, the building standards are very strict. Considering the location, it can’t be helped.

Then if you are a light sleeper, you may want to stay in a room in the annex. It would be so quiet.

Then there are only Japanese-style rooms. If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses called futons in a tatami room, you may want to find other properties.

Then each room has a nice Japanese cypress wood bathtub.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, samue outfits, English tea bags, and a Japanese tea set.  Room service is not available, but there are some convenience stores nearby. Then free WiFi reception was very slow in my experience.  There was a PC in the lobby for everyone to use.

How about In-house Facilities?

The property is not a universal design.  There are some steps.  There is a lift in the main building.  Wheelchairs are not available from the entrance.  If you bring someone with weak legs, I wouldn’t recommend this property.
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Then there are indoor communal baths using well water.  The water quality is soft, smooth, and moist although this is not a hot spring. They are open from 6:00-10:00, 16:00-25:00.  The communal baths would be crowded before dinner.  You may want to use the bath after dinner.  *If you have tattoos, you wouldn’t be able to use the communal ones.

How about meals?

Kyoto kaiseki dinner is top-notch.  If you are a gourmet and love Japanese cuisine, you may want to try it.  We enjoyed the delicious 10-course meal.  Each dish is exquisite.  The portion tends to be average.   All meals are served in your room.  Dinner starts between 17:30 and 19:30.  Breakfast starts between 7:30 and 9:00.

Then inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies.  They wouldn’t prepare alternative food if you request it on that day.   Alternatively, you can go out for meals as there are many wonderful restaurants around the property.

Then the property can offer Maiko Dance Show at an additional cost during dinner time.  If you are keen on the performance, you may want to ask the staff when you book a room with meals.

My impressions

All staff is professional.  You can experience the signature Japanese hospitality.  Overall, the price range would be high because this is Gion.  If you want to get much of an immersive top-notch Kyoto experience, you may want to stay here.  It’s well worth it.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  *If you check-in after 18:00, you need to inform the staff in advance.
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Info about Gion Hatanaka

Style Traditional Ryokan
Check-in and out times
15:00/10:30
Estimated Price 60,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
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Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is available at JPY3,000 per day
Location Gion Hatanaka’s MAP
Access 10min by taxi from Kyoto Station
Address and TEL Tel +81 75-541-5315
Official Homepage Gion Hatanaka’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.

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