Gion Hatanaka

What kind of ryokan is Gion Hatanaka?

The ryokan is one of the amazing ryokans in Japan. This is a spectacular place to stay with attention to every detail. The experience is pure Japan and should be tried. If you are a connoisseur of Japan, I would recommend it. Once we entered the property, we felt the luxury and authenticity at once. The surrounding neighborhood is very quiet even though there are many tourists on the main street nearby. The ambiance is serene, traditional, and elegant. Gion Hatanaka would be 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 completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest. We were escorted to a beautiful tatami room after checking in. The décor is Japan minimalistic, but truly relaxing.

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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, if you take a taxi from Kyoto Station. It takes 10min. It costs JPY1,500. The property is located in Gion, near Yasaka Shrine. Alternatively, if you take a train, get off at Gion-Shijo Station or Kawaramachi Station, and then a 15min-walk to the property. The location wouldn’t be great access to public transportation.

Where is the best accommodation for anniversary in Kyoto?

If you are looking for unique venues for special occasions, the property would be 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 rooms with views of the Yasaka Shrine. Most of the rooms have no nice view. For the location, we cannot complain more. Then if you are a light sleeper, you should stay in rooms in the annex. They would be so quiet. Also, there are Japanese-style rooms only. There is no western element. If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses called futon, you may want to find others. Then each room has a nice Japanese cypress wood bathtub.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

The free WiFi reception was very slow in my experience.  I noticed that a PC was placed in the lobby to use someone.  Then 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.

How about In-house Facilities?

Facilities tend to be the latest although the building is traditional.   The property is not universal design.  There are some steps.  There is a lift in the main building.  Wheelchairs are not available from the entrance.  If you bring people with weak feet, 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, you must try it.  We enjoyed the most 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.  Also, 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 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 tends to be 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 should stay here.  It’s well worth it.  At last, if you stay here, you wouldn’t need to travel far because there are many attractive spots within walking distance.  The location would be definitely perfect if you love Kyoto.  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.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

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.