Gion Hatanaka is an excellent foreign-friendly ryokan right in the heart of the Higashiyama sightseeing district. In addition to great accommodations, the inn offers regular geisha entertainment.
Only a stone’s throw from the northern gate of Yasaka-jinja Shrine and Maruyama-koen Park, Gion Hatanaka is a lovely and well-run ryokan that welcomes foreign guests. Unlike many ryokan in Kyoto, Hatanaka offers en suite bathtubs in every room. And, the rooms are significantly more spacious than comparable rooms in other ryokan and most luxury hotels in Kyoto. Finally, there’s a great communal bath on the property.
If you’re a fan of geisha, you should definitely check out Hatanaka’s Kyoto Cuisine and Maiko Evening. This involves a kaiseki dinner with about 20 other diners and entertainment by several apprentice geisha (maiko). You can speak with the maiko and even play some maiko drinking games. It’s probably the best way to experience the world of the geisha for a reasonable price. Check the Hatanaka site for details.
If you’re interested in understanding more about the role of geisha in Japanese culture, see my Kyoto Geisha page.
505 Gion-machi minami-gawa, Higashiyama-ku
Internet: wifi access
Non-smoking rooms: Yes
10min walk from Gion Shijo Station, Keihan line or Kawaramachi Station, Hankyu line
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