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Gora Kadan

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1300 Gora, Ashigarashimo-gun, Hakone-machi 250-0408, Kanagawa Prefecture
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Oliver S London, United Kingdom
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
24 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a very high end ryokan and possibly one of the best out there. The location in the mountains is wonderful and easy to get to from Tokyo. The service is fantastic and the rooms are great. It doesn't get any more traditional and Japanese. The kids loved it, everyone had a fantastic time to wear kimonos and sleep... More 

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Long Island, New York
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23 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Family visited for one night in April 2015. One of the most lovely places we have ever visited in any part of the world. A lovely, peaceful, authentic (yet 5-star luxurious) Japanese cultural experience. Our rooms were beautiful and comfortable (even sleeping on the floor was super comfortable). Our hostess, Kumi was lovely, welcoming, and educational. The staff went out... More 

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Hong Kong
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19 hotel reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited as a couple for one night and stayed in the Kadan Suite with Jacuzzi/Steam Room (Botan) It has been a few years since I have been to this ryokan. 6-7 years ago when I last went, this was already the most expensive and prestigious onsen ryokan in the Hakone area then. I do not recall the prior price exactly,... More 

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New York City
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64 reviews 64 reviews
19 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This ryokan offers a special atmosphere and a topnotch kaiseki dining experience BUT it's screaming out for a major refurbishment. I wouldn't have minded the worn out furniture and odd lobby smell if the hotel wasn't so overpriced. Our butler Hiroshi was wonderful and couldn't have been more attentive and professional. Not worth the money. Would not return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

My partner and I stayed at Gora Kadan during our first trip to Japan in March 2015. As this was my first experience with Japanese culture and first time at a hot spring resort, I didn't have anything to rate it against. I was a bit disappointed to leave Tokyo for a more remote place like Hakone - I love... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We stayed during Christmas for 2 nights for our anniversary. First of all, the reservation was frustrating. It seemed that the staff couldn't speak English at all.All communications were through email with standard template only. They couldn't reply on specific enquiries. Then come to the room and service. The room was dirty and smelly. This is not a hotel at... More 

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Chamonix, France
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3 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

For many first comers to Japan or to a Ryokan, Gora Kadan will be an amazing experience. But the more you immerse into the Japanese culture and live through the "omotenashi no kokoro" -so unique to the Japanese-, you might find Gora Kadan a bit too cold, a bit to unjapanese, a bit too commercial and impersonal, a bit to... More 

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UK South
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Stayed here for one night in February and wished we had booked for two nights. Traditional Japanese room with outdoor hot spring pool. Great service from our room attendant and lovely dinner and breakfast served in the room. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. Expensive but worth the cost for the experience.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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22 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Rooms are fabulous, very spacious, with balcony and wooden circle bathtubs. And true Japanese! Rooms with tatami floors and special jap doors and walls. Kimono dresses for each and every one. They also have internal swimming pool and jacuzzi outdoor. Three relaxing sofas with massages. We only stayed one night (is quite expensive) unfortunately coincident with a typhoon that overpassed... More 

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141 reviews 141 reviews
28 hotel reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I just loved this place for its beautiful setting, the atmosphere, the hot spring everything was great. Here are some Pros: Excellent Hot Spring Bath, One indoor and one outdoor. The outdoor one is truly amazing. We had a room with private hotspring tub on balcony , which was great as well. Excellent service Everyone spoke good English Free Pick... More 

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