Imagine life as a Japanese royal at this ryokan, which was once the country retreat of the royal family in National Park Hakone. Located 56 miles from Tokyo and 106 miles from Narita International Airport, the ryokan is best reached by train, as Gôra station is just a short distance away. At Gôra Kadan, the delicate whooshing of an opening or closing rice-paper door, fragrant flora and fauna and surrounding hot springs envelope guests in zen-like serenity. There are 23 Japanese-style rooms and 14 suites, and Kaiseki, or seasonal, cuisine is served daily in the restaurant or al fresco on the terrace or in the garden. Amenities include Internet access, an indoor swimming pool and a spa and beauty center, and nearby is a golf course. Gôra Kadan property is part of the luxury hotel and restaurant brand Relais & Chateaux.
History: This property is styled after a traditional Japanese ryokan, offering a glimpse into the heritage of Japanese hospitality. This particular ryokan was once the summer residence of the Imperial family.
Location: Located just outside Tokyo in Hakone, Gora Kadan is positioned amid hot springs and unspoiled forest, yet with easy access to the city.
Service: Guests can enjoy Japanese hospitality in a traditional setting, with English-speaking staff on hand to assist 24 hours a day.
All rooms in this ryokan are traditional Japanese style, with sliding paper doors, tatami living quarters, deep wooden baths, futon beds and Japanese gardens. Design is simple and Zen-inspired, with glass walls allowing an abundance of natural light into rooms. Rooms include half board.
The Kadan Suites are larger and suitable for up to five adults. They are nestled in beautifully landscaped Japanese gardens, with an outdoor bath, plus garden steam and sauna room. Suites are approximately 37 square meters, and offer green views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Each room has internet access and TV with entertainment system.
This suite features a wide wrap-around terrace with daybed and dining area, plus a bath that provides semi-panoramic views. Measuring 35 square meters, the suite is fitted with futon mattresses and can accommodate up to four people. The room has internet access and TV with entertainment system.
This room offers living and sleeping areas totalling 27 square meters, plus an outdoor terrace with an open-air bath. The room has futon beds, low comfortable seating and an additional indoor wooden bath. Matsu has internet access and TV with entertainment system.
This room type features a low futon bed, private garden and big wooden bath tub. The indoor living space measures approximately 24 square meters including a small dining nook, and can accommodate up to two guests. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide calming views of the attached garden and adjacent forest. The room includes internet access and TV with entertainment system.
As a traditional ryokan, Gora Kadan offers guests the use of public and private baths, pools and hot springs (onsen). There is also a warming bedrock bath and an onsite spa that offers massage and beauty treatments.
This outdoor hot spring bath provides deep relaxation and wellbeing for the skin. Located in the gardens, the onsen can be booked privately and includes use of a steam room.
A number of traditional treatment rooms are onsite, providing calming views of the gardens and neighboring forest. Treatments include massage, facials, anti-aging skincare and onsen programs.
There are both indoor and outdoor pools available. The outdoor pool enjoys a garden setting, while the indoor pool is convenient for winter swimming.
Dining at Gora Kadan is traditional Kaiseki style. Kaiseki meals are of the set type, served as several small courses on a single tray, each meticulously presented and themed according to seasonal produce. Guests can also order the chef’s specials or a bento box.
Guests who would like to dine privately can book the Kaiseki Flower Bed - an intimate dining nook with garden views. Featuring traditional floor seating, guests who dine here can enjoy true Japanese Kaiseki service. Guests also have the option of booking a session of bedrock stone therapy or the public hot spring bath before or after their meal to aid digestion.
This historic restaurant occupies an 80 year-old Tudor mansion that was once the summer residence of Prince Kaninomiya. It has been a Kaiseki restaurant since 1989, offering traditional meals to guests of Gora Kadan and local diners in an ambient and luxurious setting.
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