Gion Hatanaka


If you are a connoisseur of Japan, I would highly recommend Gion Hatanaka.  This is a spectacular place to stay with attention to every detail.  The experience is pure Japan and should definitely be tried.  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 ambience is serene, traditional, and elegant.  The property would be great for couples, family, or small groups. 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.  There is no room with beds in the property.  There is no western element.  The room is spacious, cozy, and clean.  Facilities tend to be the latest although the building is traditional.  Wifi reception was very slow in the property.  I noticed that a PC was placed at the lobby for use someone.  There wouldn’t be nice view from the property.  For the location we cannot complain more.  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.  There are some convenience stores nearby.  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 take people with weak feet, you may want to request a room on 1F near the entrance when you book.  Once you enter a room, you wouldn’t need to move around.  Each room has a nice Japanese cypress wood bathtub.  All meals are served in you room.  Then there are public large hot water baths using well water.  The water quality is soft, smooth and moist although this is not hot spring. They are open from 6:00-10:00, 16:00-25:00.  The public baths would be crowded before dinner.  You may want to use the bath after dinner or check-in if you want to relax.  *If you have tattoos, you wouldn’t be able to use the public ones.  Then 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.  The property can offer Maiko Dance Show during dinner time at an additional cost.  If you are keen on the performance, you may want to ask staff when you book a room with meals.  Also inform 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.  Then if you prefer others to Japanese authentic food, you may want to go out for meals as there are many wonderful restaurants around the property.  Then all staff tends to be professional.  You can experience signature Japanese hospitality.  Overall, the price range would be reasonable.  If you really want to get much of an immersive Kyoto experience, I really think you should stay here.  It’s well worth a visit.  The location is perfect if you love Kyoto.  The property is located in Gion, near Yasaka temple.  If you take a taxi from Kyoto station, it takes 15min.  It costs JPY1,500.  If you take a train, get off at Gion-Shijo Station or Kawaramachi Station, and then walk 15min to the property.  At last, if you stay here, you wouldn’t need to travel far because there are many attractive spots within walking distance.   Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  *All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  **Check in and out times 15:00/10:30  If you check in after 18:00, you need to inform staff of it in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the hotel on or Agoda

Info about Gion Hatanaka

Style Traditional Ryokan
Guest Rating Superb 9.1
Estimated Price 60,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
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Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
Parking lot is available at JPY3,000 per day
Location Gion Hatanaka’s MAP
Access 15min by taxi from Kyoto Station
Address and TEL Tel +81 75-541-5315
Official Homepage Gion Hatanaka’s HP