"I loved staying here!"
Jennifer - November 11, 2019
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We stayed for 1 night, and from the moment we arrived, the staff at Gion Hatanaka was nothing more than accommodating and fantastic!
Benjamin | January 24, 2020
We opted for the dinner and Japanese breakfast, which was fantastic, plus they even asked us if we had food preferences!
Benjamin | January 24, 2020
We used the public baths, which were very relaxing, and had them all to ourselves.
Benjamin | January 24, 2020
We had a wonderful staff, and will definitely return and stay again!
Benjamin | January 24, 2020
The Friday night maiko dinner was outstanding!!
Jennifer | November 11, 2019
The location was very conveniently located.
Brittany | June 27, 2019
660 meters to public transportation
Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
|Value for money||8.3|
|Nearest airport||Osaka International Airport (ITM)|
|Distance to airport||39.3 km|
Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The ryokan offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.
For those who wish to drive their own cars, Gion Hatanaka has a car park that's close to the ryokan. Parking is available for a fee of 3000 JPY per day.
Gion Hatanaka does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.
"Worth it for an overnight taste of a ryokan - the communal bathroom especially was fantastic."
February 9, 2020
"The service was impeccable and the food sublime."
January 21, 2020
"An amazing place!"
January 9, 2020
If what you're looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Kyoto, look no further than Gion Hatanaka. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city's numerous attractions such as Furukawamachi Bridge, Sammen Daikokuten, Yasaka Shrine.
At Gion Hatanaka, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.
Guests can choose from 21 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the spa, massage. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the Gion Hatanaka.
"Very authentic stay."
January 29, 2020
Children and extra beds
Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.
All children are welcome.
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We loved our peaceful and elegant stay at Gion Hatanaka. The cuisine was outstanding; interesting, beautifully presented, and wonderfully served in our room. Yes, there are rules regarding timing of meals, but we did not find this to be a problem. We loved the Japanese breakfasts. We booked a dinner one evening with Maiko, which was quite expensive, but a fun experience with terrific food. On the third night we had a sukiyaki dinner in our room. The presentation of every dish at every meal was lovely. The staff was very attentive - the women who had served us during our stay came to say goodbye as we left. The rooms are large, immaculate, and the craftsmanship of the building is something to be admired. The photos on the property's website don't do it justice! We enjoyed the public baths as well. After a day of site-seeing, a relaxing meal in your own room followed by a hot bath is so For an authentic Japanese experience, we highly recommend Gion Hatanaka.
Room and service was outstanding! We had a lovely time and our hostess was so gracious and efficient. The Japanese breakfast was beautiful and delicious. We throughly enjoyed our stay and so happy we experienced a ryokan and staying at Gion Hatanaka after reviewing many different options. We were a family of 3 and the room was spacious and very comfortable. The onsen (public bath) facilities were lovely and empty when we tried it so essentially a private bath. The only note to travellers is the room is not suited for relaxing/lounging around for extended parts of the day, like a typical Western hotel room, because the beds are not setup until the evening. As long as visitors have this expectation and plan to be out exploring Kyoto during the day there will be no issues.
That authentic experience!”
If you love immersing yourself in a culture and just going with the flow, a ryokan is a great way to experience a part of the long and ancient culture of Japan. A traditional style hotel, it is a different universe from your 4 or 5 star modern hotels, but as a unique experience, it is superlative. I cannot recommend enough that you go for the full experience - the kaiseki dinner, five courses of local, seasonal dishes, with easily 6 to 12 different foods in each course, is both delicious and artful. Luckily it is usually served in the room, and you are already sitting on the comfortably springy tatami mat because you are not going to want to move for several hours afterwards. The public hot baths are HOT! Ryokans were traditionally a one-night stop for pilgrims and travelers, and the amenities are customized to that experience - if you have been sightseeing to the limit of your endurance, a night in a ryokan is a great way to rest your aching muscles and relax before diving back into exploring the wonderful nation of Japan. Gion Hatanaka in particular is wonderfully placed next to Yasaka, an ancient shinto shrine, and within easy walking distance of Nishiki Market (great for foodies!), Kodai-ji, Shoho-ji (Buddist temple), Kennin-ji (Zen buddist temple with zen rock garden) Hanamikoji dori (the classic neighborhood of geiko/geisha) and just a thousand and one different attractions that are fascinating! The staff really cares about every little detail and your stay here will be a delight!
Traditional Japanese Experience”
This ryokan is amazing! The location was very conveniently located. There is a gorgeous shrine right next door. The room was spectacular. I felt like I was in the edo period of Japan. There is a en suite that features an amazing bamboo tub. I was worried that there was only the public bath. The futon was very comfortable. We also had a view of a little side garden. It was amazing. The facilities are very quiet and private. However, I think that the charm behind Gion Hatanaka is the staff. The women here feel like your mother. They are very caring, nice, and knowledgeable. my sister and I felt like we were at home. The woman, who helped us for our stay, was beyond hospitable and attentive. You will not regret your time here. Everything you need is in the rooms and you will experience real Japanese culture.
An unforgettable experience”
Gion Hatanaka was wonderful from start to finish. It's a traditional hotel with some modern touches like private bathrooms, although the shared bath is a must do. All staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean, and comfortable and the location was very central. Meals were exquisite. Dinner was served in Kaiseki style with dozens of meals served over 5 courses. Don't eat beforehand - meals are huge! Highly recommend!
First time staying at a ryokan and loved our one-night experience at Gion Hatanaka. Staff and facilities were both excellent, as was the in-room dining experience. Attention to presentation was extraordinary. Great location for exploring the Gion district of Kyoto. Worth the splurge for one night.
We had an excellent stay at Gion Hatanaka. The staff and service were outstanding. The property was clean and beautiful. Every need was anticipated and met. A great location for exploring Kyoto. Very “foreigner-friendly”. Would definitely stay here again.
Worth every penny...”
This was the traditional Japanese experience I was hoping to have. Gion Hatanaka was wonderful...great service, professional staff, incredibly hospitable, great food, close in walking distance to all sorts of sights and public transit, yet still quiet and peaceful inside my rooms. The Friday night maiko dinner was outstanding!! I loved staying here!
Excellent ryokan in great location”
Second time to Gion Hatanaka and unsurprisingly had an amazing stay as expected. Futon was comfortable. The meals were decent (without being exceptional) and very filling. The public bath was not huge but reasonable. Service as always was exemplary. Cost may appear high but if you take into account the half-board (2 meals) and superb location then it's actually pretty good value for money.
We landed in Tokyo and took a bullet train directly to Kyoto. We were exhausted when we got to Gion - the staff was so accommodating and waited so we could have our dinner. The experience in Gion is what made our trip to Kyoto so special! Our 8 year old son already wants to come back next summer! Everything from great food, our room and all the wonderful Japanese traditions you'll find at Gion. Thank you so much Gion for being so wonderful and kind to our family - we will definitely come back! Maybe next time with our extended family too! 😊
Wonderful ryokan experience”
Gion Hatanaka was wonderful, in every dimension. Our geisha/server had a wonderful sense of humor, and looked after us in every way. The facility was beautiful, and perfectly maintained. The public hot bath was among the best I have ever used. All in all, a wonderful time.
Traditional style hotel in great location”
I honestly had a great time at the Gion Hatanaka. My stay will be unforgettable. My sons love the hotel very much since it is a true traditional Japanese style ryokan. The staffs, even the ones who cannot speak English, are all nice and very helpful.
An incredible experience. Gion Hatanaka is wonderfully located and we had an amazing time. Sadly we were unable to book seats for their show - it was full. We did leave our booking until the last minute (two weeks before) and it was Cherry Blossom season. However, I'm unsure if priority is given to hotel guests.
wonderful stay in Kyoto”
It's the best way to experience the old world and its hospitality. Gion Hatanaka is located in perfect location to explore Gion, offers deluxe and delicious meals, and pampers you to death.
if you're looking for somewhere to have authentic fine Kyoto cuisine, give Gion Hatanaka a shot; you'll love it.
Honeymoon in Kyoto”
We had an amazing time in Kyoto, and gion hatanaka was surely the highlight of it all.
Excellent hospitality ”
Very easy to find, I actually recognized the moment I saw the hotel. Hospitality at Hatanaka is beyond words , amazing japanese room design , very cozy. I wish I could stay longer but apprently I only stay for a night. Onsen was amazing .. A bit small but overall still good.
A unique experience”
Other than the price (expensive) I would have loved to stay here for a few days. Everything about this place is nice and well run. The staff are wonderful and the food is a unique experience that I'm happy I had. The quality, variety and service of the meals was excellent. The ryokan is very located in the Gion district. Easy to walk. If you want this type of experience, because it is different from a traditional hotel, you will be very pleased. You get what you pay for.
Amazing Ryokan experience in the heart of traditional Kyoto”
I stayed here for one night with my boyfriend and his friend who we were travelling with. From the moment we arrived, we were fully taken care of. I've never stayed at a Japanese ryokan before, so I did my research. This place lived up to all my expectations. The surrounding area was beautiful and within walking distance of a dozen main attractions. It's a bit harder to get to other places from there, so focus your sightseeing in Gion and you'll have a very pleasant and relaxing pace. The kaiseki dinner is not for picky eaters. They did not have an English translations for the set menu, so you have to be willing to try things without knowing what they are even remotely. The staff tries their best to explain but some food just doesn't translate. I highly recommend staying more than 1 night for the full experience. An overnight stay isn't quite enough to fully enjoy the bath. The bath works wonders on travel weary legs though.
Incredible traditional Japanese experience in a Ryokan”
People working at Hatanaka Ryokan are very professional, kind and helpful. Food is very good. Location is great. And we were lucky to have the visit of a maiko.