Gora Kadan is one of Japan's most luxurious and chic Ryokans located in the Hakone National Park. It is a great base for exploring the local 'onsen' or hot springs and the surrounding Hakone area.
At a Glance
Exquisite Kaiseki and Shabu-Shabu dinners served in your room each evening
A short walk from Gora Station from where you can begin the Hakone Circuit
Beautiful indoor and outdoor onsen (hot-spring baths) with rock pools and waterfalls
Indoor swimming pool available for all guests
Attentive and discreet service
Immerse yourself in the local culture and wear your Yukata for dinner!Scott Dunn team
Standard rooms are fine, although superior balcony rooms are recommended with outdoor bathtubs. Room 107 (Aoi) is amazing with a rock pool onsen and waterfallsVictoria Douglas
Faultless and very friendly. My wife described a fizzy drink she had in a Japanese restaurant in London and they went out and got 4 bottles and put them in the fridge! DL, November 2010Scott Dunn team
Check-in is at 3pm and check-out at 11am and Ryokans have to be very strict about this as they need time to prepare the rooms and also clean the onsen.Scott Dunn team
In Japan one has to try an onsen, as an integral pat of the relaxation culture. If the idea of going nude in the public onsen really is not your cup of tea ask the staff to book the family onsen for you so that you can have a completely private and exclusive bathing experience.Scott Dunn team
To start planning your vacation to Gora Kadan
Although Gora Kadan is a relatively new Ryokan, its original building dates back 300 years and was the summer home of the Kan’in-No-Miya Imperial family. The attention to detail at the hotel is evident in the perfectly manicured gardens, the architecture of the rooms and the outdoor walkways made of identically shaped and sized river stones.
All rooms have tubs large enough to float in and the suites include saunas and garden-view granite baths fed by natural hot springs. The accommodation at Gora Kadan is both unique and luxurious.
Meals are served in the tatami floor rooms or can be taken in a dining room and center around Kaiseki-style cuisine, which consists of several courses, some no bigger than a mouthful and requires the use of only the freshest ingredients. Meals at Gora Kadan can occupy several hours, and, in accordance with Kaiseki standards, no two can ever be the same.
Soak in the 'onsen', Hakone’s natural mineral rich hot springs, then relax in Gora Kadan’s spa where attendants are present to ensure that gaijin (non-Japanese) have their light cotton yukatas tied correctly.
Gora Kadan's rooms are all tranquil retreats with traditional Japanese décor and elegant design. There are also a range of suites to choose from, some with fabulous outdoor baths and balconies. They offer the height of tranquillity and service and give guests an opportunity to experience an authentic Japanese ryokan experience.
Children are welcome and there is a special children's menu and a private family bath so the family can enjoy the relaxation and healing properties of the hot springs together. Some of the suites are very well suited to accommodating families with extra beds provided for children in the separate living area.
Gora Kadan has a Japanese restaurant, coffee bar, massage chairs, library, a wonderful soothing spa within a peaceful Japanese garden, an indoor swimming pool, an inviting outdoor hot spring pool and well equipped gym and sauna.
Other than the facilities and activities available within the hotel, golf, tennis, hiking trails and fishing can all be enjoyed close by to Gora Kadan.
Location & Directions
Gora Kadan is located in the heart of the Fuji-Hakone National Park, on the grounds of the former summer villa of a member of the Imperial family.
When to go
Hakone is characterized by a mild climate with high precipitation. The climate here is much cooler than it is in Tokyo. The best time to visit Hakone is from April to November.