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 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 ambiance is serene, traditional, and elegant.  Gion Hatanaka would be great for couples, family, solo travelers, 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 western beds on a tatami room 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.  The free WiFi reception was very slow in the property.  I noticed that a PC was placed in the lobby to use someone.  There wouldn’t be a nice view of 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 bring 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 your room.  Then there are indoor communal 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 communal baths would be crowded before dinner.  You may want to use the bath after dinner if you want to relax.  *If you have tattoos, you wouldn’t be able to use the communal 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 request.  If you are keen on the performance, you may want to ask the staff when you book a room with meals.  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.  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 the signature Japanese hospitality.  Overall, the price range would be reasonable.  If you want to get much of an immersive Kyoto experience, I think you should stay at Gion Hatanaka.  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 in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan 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
The 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