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“Excellent ryokan - service, food, rooms all 5-star” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gion Hatanaka
Ranked #36 of 361 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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bidart, france
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“Excellent ryokan - service, food, rooms all 5-star”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

We spent 3 nights in Kyoto recently and were only able to spend 2 nights at Gion Hatanaka. We spent the first night at a different ryokan that billed itself as "high-end" and so we were able to benchmark the two. Hatanaka also came highly recommended from a friend from Tokyo and it didn't dissapoint. The food was spectacular as was the service. We were a famly of 4 and found the room spacious and very accomodating.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Manila
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2012

Our easter holiday in Osaka and Kyoto is one memorable trip! The place is so clean compare to other cities in Asia we have been to. The Japanese are very courteous, helpful (in spite of they cant speak English fluently, they will get out of their way to help especially in directions). Kyoto is a wonderful place to go, traces of olden japan is still there unlike Osaka, for those who would like to see world heritage sites, Kyoto is one place to go.

My only comment with Japan, is that its not a tourist friendly place! Why? The directions are in Nippongo and hardly any English translation. Their maps are neither friendly too. In spite of this, we will still make other trips to Japan!

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seat 1C, Delta Airlines
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31 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2012

Was a bit skeptical because of relatively low rating. Had to choose this because little availability near Easter weekend and had a last-minute vacation in Japan. Was very glad this worked out.

Location is superb. Taxis knew how to get there. Can walk to Yasaka shrine, Kiyomizudera, Gion, Pontocho, and Shinjodorimachi (shopping center areas). Could also walk to Sanjusengendo if so inclined.

Room was very large, comfortable. Was in what I surmised to be the Gai-jin building (the main one with the elevator) as the Japanese guests were guided back towards other buildings. Not sure whether we missed anything from that, but my guess is the better English speaking attendants are in this building. Asumi-san was wonderful and had a good grasp of English in explaining food, procedure, timing. Room was spacious, well appointed, and the private bath was fairly modern which may not be a bad thing, unless you are looking for the 300-year old bathroom experience.

Arrive by 4; enjoy the afternoon service, the bath, and dinner. Unless you are superhuman or have been around more than a week, the jet lag will get to you by after dinner, but if you want, the park is alive at night (forget the name, next to yasaka shrine) and can stroll the gion area. I did not get to use the community bath and did not do the geisha show, so can not comment on that.

The food for both dinner and breakfast was superb, and the quantities were almost too much - very filling and very tasty. Unique, seasonal tastes, but nothing so obscure that you would feel uncomfortable.

Area is at the edge of the shop area on approach to Kiyomizudera, so you can enjoy that, but turn the corner and find some of the modern support you need. Lawsons, 7-11 etc. There is a post office one block over with an international ATM that the hotel was not aware of. It does close at 1730, but it is very convenient.

Some other reviews have found fault; I found these to be minor...yes it is a bit modern, and at times some of the furnishings looked worn. My only complaint - and it was minor - was the lack of support getting luggage into the building, as the approach to the hotel is a number of stairs upward.

Yes, it was expensive. But if you take into consideration the costs of having a kaiseki dinner, as well as a kaiseki style breakfast (or equivalent buffet breakfast scam in the major hotels), the net costs of lodging here is excellent and quite an experience. Would not be able to do it every day, but man what a thrill.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank kingofsp8s
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2012

We were recommended to this property by a friend from Japan who is very familiar with Kyoto and it did not disappoint. Our room had three sections to it,that could all be separately closed off, plus a very comfortable yet small bathroom. The larger of the rooms was set up as a living room and then converted in the evening for sleeping. The perfect minimalist decor and tatami were exactly what we wanted and our view from the 4th floor of a quiet stream was great. I loved the open bath and the experience of bathing in the traditional Japanese manner was incredibly relaxing. The bath house has a Zen garden and is spotlessly clean. all amenities are provided for shaving etc. as well as the proper clothing attire. There are even tradional robes provided for relaxation. The breakfast was excellent but only if you like Japanese fare which we do. The location is perfect and in close proximity to traditional Shrines and Temples as well as really good restaurants. For a truly traditional experience I highly reccomend this property. The individual service by women in traditional dress, who also spoke English in our case, was incredible. Thank You to the team at Gion Hatanaka

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank seanmage
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San Antonio, Texas
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2011

Traveled to Japan and stayed in Kyoto for 2 nights at Hatanaka. We used Amex travel to help us choose ryokan as there were so many that looked nice. We wanted to be close to shops, shrines and Gion and this place was perfect. We were greeted and shown to our room and all about room by wonderful staff. The room was upstairs on 3rd floor and nice view of trees and walk to the shrine. we could even watch the sunset over the city. the room was large, had attached full bath (wonderful wood tub and toilet!) also had a large TV. The bedding was hard for me, but after adding another mat, i slept wonderfully. the nice comfortors were full and very fluffy. Taikeshi (sp?) dinner was amazing, and so was breakfast! Worth the money. There were not enough people to do the show, so we didnt get to see that but the upside was we practically had the place to ourselves. the nice onsen-style bath was wonderful - huge tub overlooking a nice zen garden, i truly enjoyed this as did my husband...they are separte (mens/womens) but still very relaxing after walking and sight-seeing. the 2nd night we had dinner on the river at Fumiya (which the staff arranged at last minute!!) and sat outside on the deck and watched the full moon come up, how incredible it was. Fun to walk to the streets of Gion and the bus is closeby as well. The staff here was so amazing, and i would highly recommend this if you want a nice, peaceful experience with amazing staff. We hope to return someday.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank SAlife
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2011

Stayed here in March 2009 on a company trip (a mixed group of japanese and english speaking foreigners).

Typical japanese service from the minute we alighted from our bus at the ryokan. The building style was traditional, but refurbished (not brand new tatami etc, but not worse-for-wear).

Everything was spotlessly clean and in good working order.

The futons were highly comfortable (some foreigners find them very 'different' and difficult to adjust to in comparison to 'normal' matresses, but realise that many japanese still sleep on futons).
Our group attended the Maiko/ Geisha experience/ dinner. This was superb. Such a treat to see the ladies perform, be able to talk with them, and ask pretty much anything! (within reason of course). Some of the young Geikos speak a little english, so it was a bonus that our japanese collegues could translate for us. The meal was traditional seasonal kaiseki ryori. Again, amazing to taste and experience.

I would highly recommend Gion Hatanaka for an overnight experience; the dinner/ experience was once-in-a-lifetime; and if you have no other chance to stay in a japanese ryokan, this is a clean, comfortable foreign-friendly place. (... and remember, you're not staying there to get all your western home-comforts; you're in a traditional, JAPANESE inn)

  • Stayed March 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank pineapplesensei
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2011

When I previously stayed in Kyoto was a business hotel, I had decided ago going to a" Ryokan" inn
What is said and the long-established, so-called "Shinise", such as Tawara-ya or hiiragi-ya,its difficult and impossible to stay in with my elementary school children.
"You're welcome foreigners" Hatanaka,maybe my children feel free and ease, do not resist even the Cub ,and I booked.
Also,I decided to stay my choosen course "Staying in Deluxe rooms at bargain prices"

Hatanaka is in front of Yasaka Shrine South Gate really magnificent a thought.
Just inside the gate and soon femail staff "NAKAI" meet & greet ,has received my luggage
Reception and lobby is 8 tatami width, very narrow. This sense of such thought like Kyoto Machiya.
Are ushered into a room and hallways are surprisingly depth even did make 1 floor 4 rooms.
Rooms have been making 10 tatami mats + 12 a half tatami mats and from lintel, joinery, and ikebana decoration elegance there. For personalised cleaning, fine debris and dust is not in this Japanese-style Inn.
Kids was crazy about TV , but adults were relaxing and looking in South Gate, seen from the window aglow.

I ate Japanese cuisine full course diner In room services. I felt so good.

Was not possible to try to bathe Onsen bath was Maki at bath, but narrow.
Large bath is spacious conceived became the lower ground floor location in Maki wooden tub.This large bath slightly scented, its relaxing to you.

Amenities we've been through the grooming set"Kinchaku"of toothbrush, brushes, towels and tabi, etc. Bathroom had minimal amenities. In-room tea and coffee were , but Brooks coffee, maybe its not better, I think.
Femail staff "NAKAI" were young , but she have variously correspond to set a table ,a tea ,Futon mattresses, and foods what we need. I'm sorry that child care is poor and appropriate tourism information is momentarily to is not more difficult come study lack I wonder if it was present.

My rooms emergency flashlight does not light up.

Use brought by LAN can be used with the PC (own PC) freely, but much does not require it.
I thought just to eat a set menu and to put in a hot tub in front of Yasaka Shrine was 11 million in this group of people is at reasonable price

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank hirosimiyauti
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Property: Gion Hatanaka
Address: Yasaka Jinjya Minamimon Mae Higashiyama ku, Kyoto 605-0074, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
#11 Luxury Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Gion Hatanaka 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gion Hatanaka is located in the hart of Gion, which is the anchent district of Maiko and Geiko (Geisha) flower town. It is one the the most well known district for its history and culture. 15 mins walking distance from world heratage Kiyomizu Temple and many others in just a brath of walk away.Hotel features traditional Japanese accommodations and a spacious public bath overlooking a zen garden. Free Wi-Fi is available.The spacious rooms at Gion Hatanaka feature large windows and a balcony. Room includes a flat-screen TV, a sitting area and a private bathroom with a wooden bathtub.The hotel has in-room meals (Breakfast/Dinner) with seasonal local dishes. Guests can enjoy spa treatments in their room, and with an advance reservation, the hotel arranges Japanese Geisha dance performances and Kyoto tours.We follow the very traditional methods, ingredients, and philosophy of Kyoto Kaiseki cusine. No compremize can be made with our preparation therefore, special menu with food restrcitions are not accepted. Shabu-Shabu, Sukiyaki, or hotpot dish can be prepared with a prior notice. Kyoto Station is a 15-minute drive away. Kawaramachi Train Station is a 10-minute walk from the property. ... more   less 
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