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Reviewed 9 March 2018

I had an excellent stay at Gion Hatanaka. It is a little pricey but after you have your first Kaiseki meal it will totally be worth it. The rooms are great, I was on the first floor and I had a very nice sitting area, living room/bathroom, bathroom and private bath. The private bath is a nice touch but the public bath is beautiful. You have a nice view of zen garden while you get to relax.

If there are three things that I love about this Ryokan, number 1 hands down has to be the meals. If you’re a foreigner who loves to explore and discover new types of food, their Kaiseki meals are hands down going to introduce you to flavors and texture you have never experienced before. Number 2 would have to be my room attendant, Shimo. Her level of service was truly amazing and it was such a pleasure to see her in the mornings and evenings as part of my trip to Tokyo. Finally, the location of the Ryokan is excellent. While Gion has lots of tourists throughout the afternoon, because you’re Gion Hatanaka is right in the middle of it, you can easily get their earlier than most of the other tourists so your photos turn out perfect and sight seeing is less crowded. But it’s even better to walk around Gion at night. The streets are so quiet but also lit up and you feel like you’ve been transported in time.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled solo
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gion_hatanaka, 広報担当マネージャー at Gion Hatanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

Dear John S,

Firstly, We appreciate for choosing our ryokan in your journey of this historical city in Kyoto.
And also, we'd like to thank you for giving us such a detailed review comments.

We'll share your impression to our staff.
The guest's review is our source to maintain the dedication for protecting a "ryokan" which is the typical Japanese style accommodation.
Your review will truly valuable for us.

Thank you again, and we wish you to choose our ryokan, and we hope you to try different room by any chance.

Best regards,
A ryokan in the authentic Kyoto "Gion"
-Gion HATANAKA-

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Had a wonderful trip. The staff were very attentive. The food was amazing and I would recommend the Maiko evening. With the dinner and breakfast option your meals were served and eaten in your room. The Maiko evening was held in the banqueting hall. There was an on-site onsen that was very relaxing. Would recommend.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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gion_hatanaka, 広報担当マネージャー at Gion Hatanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Dear rbeale454272,

First of all, thank you very much for your recent stay at out ryokan - Gion Hatanaka-.
And, we are truly pleased to receive your wonderful review which is mentioned about our hospitality, service, Maiko eveninng and onsen.

We are great to know that our service and hospitality were reached to your satisfaction.
It is our honor and your review will certainly be our source of maintaining as a Traditional Japanese ryokan in Kyoto.

Again, we thank you very much for your kindness and wishing you to visit our ryokan again by any chance.

Best regards,
A ryokan in the authentic Kyoto "Gion"
-Gion HATANAKA-

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This was the highlight of my trip. Gion Hatanaka had a truly peaceful property where you could unwind after all the sightseeing. The service and meals were fantastic. My compliments to the staff for introducing me to traditional Japanese culture.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled solo
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Thank desmith21
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gion_hatanaka, 広報担当マネージャー at Gion Hatanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Dear desmith21,

Thank you so much for your recent stay at our ryokan.
We are truly pleased to receive your review, and also truly great to know that you have been liked our service and food.

Guest's review are truly valuable for us and world travelers to know about a traditional Japanese inn "ryokan".
Thank you again, and we hope to seeing you again in your next trip of Kyoto.

Best regards,
A ryokan in the authentic Kyoto "Gion"
-Gion HATANAKA-

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

The three of us enjoyed our stay. We were at this hotel for three nights from 22/2/18. The room 107 was large with a separate seating area and also had a good sized shower room with a traditional bath in it. Then a separate toilet. And another separate room with vanity. Great shower! You do not have to use the traditional Bath House.

The bedding is traditional so you will be sleeping on a mattress on the tatami matted floor with a very nice and warm duvet. It's not something that I would normally go for but in this instance it worked very well. A great all round experience.

Other things we loved was the wonderful service. The staff all spoke very good English and were all very helpful. I has a good conversation with one of the lovely staff and was able to gleam lots of information about life in Japan. The paths and steps on the grounds to the rooms look as though they have recently been done and all of it looks spectacular. The people doing the stone work are very skillful and should be congratulated for their extremely good work.

The location is excellent. Close to a good selection of restaurants. And is in the heart of the action when the "pretend geisha" girls walk about in the evening, I say pretend as it appears that hundreds of girls come here to hire kimonos and walk around as Geisha. If you see a real Geisha you will know it. It all adds to the very good vibe to the area.

I would stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled with family
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gion_hatanaka, 広報担当マネージャー at Gion Hatanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Dear Harry90,

First of all,
we thank you very much for your recent stay at our "ryokan" a traditional Japanese inn GION HATANAKA.

We are pleased to receive a review with such a kind impressions and truly great to know that you have liked our service and hospitality, and enjoyed of being in a traditional Japanese accommodation.

We are also grateful for your mentioning one of our staff who have served you.
Your impressions and comments are means a lot for us for our dedication to protect this traditional style Japanese accommodation.
We thank you again, and wishing you all is well.

Best wishes,
A ryokan in the authentic Kyoto "Gion"
-Gion HATANAKA-

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Highly recommend this hotel for anyone looking for classic Japanese experience and aesthetic. We loved the tatami room and enjoyed the various configurations with the sliding screens. Our room overlooked a tiny garden, beautiful to see with the snow falling. The hotel's bath is gorgeous, facilities are clean, great location. Recommend all around.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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gion_hatanaka, 広報担当マネージャー at Gion Hatanaka, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2018

Dear Faye T,

Thank you so much for your recent stay at our ryokan.
And we are truly pleased to receive your review with the message which is recommending our ryokan.

Guest's review are truly valuable for us and world travelers to know about a traditional Japanese inn "ryokan".

Thank you again, and we hope to seeing you again in your next trip of Kyoto.

Best wishes,
A ryokan in the authentic Kyoto "Gion"
-Gion HATANAKA-

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