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Reviewed June 2, 2006

Sorry for my english, we are a couple from Catalonia (Barelona). Our first stay in Japan.
We've been in many luxury 5 stars hotels round the world: Most european countries, Hawaii, Hong Kong, New York, Marrakech, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Manila, etc...
Gora Kadan is our most impressive experience of luxury. Not in the fourniture and decoration (also exquisite and minimalist) but in service, attention and hospitality, upgrading traditional japanese way of life. Extremely expensive: Two nights in a suite with sauna-jacuzzi etc. (I asked for the best suite...) With two kaiseki dinners each nigth, and some massages. Including limousine from Narita Airport. All included for two people: almost 3.000 USD.
The best reason to start saving and imprescindible in our next visit to Japan.
Hakone is also a touristic zone (volcanic hot springs) Unforgettable stay in an unforgettable country.
Something more than a 5 stars luxury stay, and a wonderful spiritual experience.
I'd like to share experiences of special stays in Japan for our next travel.
Xavier.

Stayed: March 2006
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Reviewed March 22, 2006

We knew before we arrived that we were in for something special, as the property is a member of the Relais & Chateaux group of hotels, a brand which has never once let us down. What we didn't know is how truly over the top wonderful the experience would be.

The first night there we stayed in a $1200/night 'Kadan Suite' within which we had our own private garden with an open-air granite bath. The experience of slipping into a steaming hot bath, listening to the trickling water as it over flowed the bath onto stepped granite slabs, and being surrounded by misty japanese pines and bamboo groves was like heaven on earth.

For dinner, we were escorted to a private dining room where we were served an amazingly artful seven course Kaiseki dinner. Each course consisted of a multitude of small dishes. By the time dinner was finished, we must have had more than thirty different dishes to eat, all of them masterfully prepared. While we had no trouble with the traditional Japanese food, be prepared, as some people might be a bit too squeemish to taste every dish.

Our second night, we moved to a more 'frugal' $850 standard room. Still a lovely experience, it had an indoor wooden bath tub in leu of the open air bath. This time dinner was served in our room, and was a repeat of the night before but with entirely new and wonderful dishes to try.

There is truly no need to even leave your room while relaxing at this wonderful place, but once you do you discover beautiful grounds, delightful architecture, expansive public baths, and wonderful spa services which can't be beat.

Without question, this magical place is one of the best hotels in the world.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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5  Thank jdubois
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Reviewed July 29, 2005

Gora Kadan, despite is hefty price tag, we paid about 1000 US$ a night including breakfast and a wonderful 10 course Kaiseki dinner, is really heaven on earth.

First the resort itself lives up to his reputation, calm, relaxing and understated luxury. Their onsen is also wonderful. Certainly the climax of your stay is the Kaiseki dinner they prepare for you. If you are not a Japanese ( at least for us!!!), they prepare for you your dinner in a room where you can sit more comfortably, it is an experience. You are walking around the whole day in your Yucata, which is wonderful and relaxing. The hotel also offers you complimentary Mercedes S-Class service within Gora to the various sightseeing spots which are nevertheless so nearby, that you also can go on foot.

Overall, if you want to do once something very special on one of your travel, this is the place to go. You will not be disappointed. You will love it. You cannot imagine how beautiful it is.

  • Stayed: April 2005
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6  Thank ThWilmesi
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Reviewed July 28, 2004

I stayed for 2 nights at Gora Kadan with my grandmother as part of an epic trip round Japan and it was undoubtedly the highlight. This is a truly exquisite hotel, the best I've ever stayed in, and an experience I'll never forget.
It is a ryokan, a traditional-style Japanese Inn which has a number of customs and traditions associated. On arrival you are introduced to your maid who personally looks after you all through your stay, bringing you meals, converting your room for the night into a bedroom. You are also expected to wear a traditional outfit of cotton robe, warm sleeveless jacket, split-toe socks and wooden clogs.
But this is a very modern ryokan and is architecturally stunning with a beautiful long wooden-floored hallway open to amazing views down the valley. The rooms are vast, and are sitting rooms by day and bedrooms at night: futon beds are made up on the floor in the evenings. Rooms overlook small private gardens and sitting in the porch in the morning sunlight looking into the garden is an unforgettable experience.
The food is included in the rate and is extraordinarily good. In the evening you are served a 10 course feast, each dish served in a different way: hidden under a layer of autumn leaves, or inside a little china dish. One course was Kobe beef which you cook yourself over hot coals - amazing.
And then there is the spa area. Hakone is a hot spring resport, and the hotel has a complex of indoor and outdoor hot pools in which you wallow. This is also quite ritualistic, and you shower before getting in, and remain naked for the duration which is strangely liberating for a jaded Londoner.
Prices are equally astonishing, and you pay about 600 GBP per night, including meals. Of course this is an insane amount of money and hard to justify to oneself... but once in a lifetime, for a truly unforgettable experience, it might just be worth it. They have a good website by the way, with lovely pictures.

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Stayed: May 2018, traveled as a couple
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