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Gora Kadan Ryokan

Gora Kadan Ryokan, Mount Fuji & Hakone

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Blessed with an idyllic location at the foot of Mount Fuji, Gora Kadan Ryokan is perhaps the best-known ryokan in the country – and for good reason. Housed inside an elegant 1920s former summer villa of a member of the Imperial Family, it artfully combines the old with the new. You’ll find luxury in spades, with outdoor hot baths, balconies overlooking mountains and a fantastic restaurant. The decor is stylish and fashionable, with minimalist touches such as uncluttered rooms and furnishings oozing straight-line style. This is just the spot to unwind, immerse yourself in nature and experience the best of Japanese hospitality.

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Gora Kadan Ryokan
  • rooms

    The 44 individually-styled rooms are broken down into three categories: standard, with open-air baths and suites (including larger annexe suites). The standard rooms are a touch smaller, but still open out onto private balconies or terraces. Families of up to five can stay in one of seven Type A standard rooms, with up to two or four guests accommodated in other standard rooms.

    The open-air baths range from rustic stone pools to sleek square tubs. The largest suite is Kakou, an annexe suite sleeping up to six people on twin Western beds and the more traditional futon mats on the floor. For extra pampering, book one of the rooms with its own jacuzzi and steam sauna. All rooms have traditional tatami mats, red lacquer boxes and sliding screens, with balconies overlooking the Japanese mountains.

  • facilities & activities

    Gazing at the green valley of cherry and pine trees from the ryokan’s many balconies may be enough to keep you occupied during your stay – but there’s plenty more should you wish. Kadan Spa is set in a peaceful, low-lit room with a large window overlooking the trees. It offers a range of treatments including facials and specialised massages using oxygenated oils, though you can also book in-room shiatsu massages.

    A large spa is available for all guests (separated for men and women) and its mildly alkaline hot spring water is said to ease fatigue. Other facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool with an outdoor hot tub, a fitness gym and a “bedrock bath”, which emits detoxifying infrared rays.

    The ryokan can organise activities such as sightseeing trips into Hakone with its shinto shrines and museums specialising in everything from art to Venitian glass. You could venture onto Lake Ashi for some kayaking or a motorboat cruise, or visit Fuji Safari Park or, of course, Mount Fuji itself.

  • dining

    The elegant Kaiseki Restaurant is open for both guests and non-residents. It serves fresh, seasonal “kaiseki” (traditional multi-course Japanese dinners). There is a seafood slant, with plenty of fish on the menu, but Japanese beef is also usually a staple, too. In a ryokan, kaiseki is traditionally served in the screened-off section of your room. Slip into a kimono, sit on your tatami mat and tuck into platters of the most wonderful nigiri sushi you’ve ever tasted.

  • location

    Gora Kadan is located in the town of Gora in Hakone, around 50km east of Mount Fuji. It’s conveniently just a five-minute walk to Gora Station on the Hakone Tozan Line, making it accessible from both Tokyo and Kyoto by rail. A limousine transfer is available from Gora Station to the ryokan. It takes around 90 minutes to drive from Tokyo Haneda Airport.

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