Gorakan

Gorakan

1320-241 Gora, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0408 Kanagawa Prefecture
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4.5
#52 of 160 onsen ryokans in Hakone-machi
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1320-241 Gora, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun 250-0408 Kanagawa Prefecture
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Stephanie L wrote a review Nov 2016
Taipei, Taiwan
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gorakan provides excellent Kaiseki food. Enjoy the 2 nights stay there. Ms. Kyoko from Gorakan is very friendly and would answer questions in fluent English through email. However, it is advisable to know some Japanese in order to communicate with them better and get to know the dishes in the meals. Provide private bath with mountain view. Very close to Gora Station but it will be easier for travelers to use Hakone Baggage Delivery Service at Hakone-Yumoto Station if one has big luggage.
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Date of stay: October 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Stairs. Travel light might be better.
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SurreyExplorer1 wrote a review Mar 2019
Surrey
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This ‘hotel’ is a ‘ryokan’ – a traditional Japanese inn. If you have not stayed at one of these before, it is better to do some research as you will follow set timings and customs on arrival, starting with removal of outdoor footwear before entering.

This Hotel is not signposted in English so to find it, turn right out of Gora station main entrance and go down the small underpass. At the end, turn left and go up the hill. The hotel is the first building on the right, set back from the road, no more than about 200m from the station. Make sure that you arrive by about 17:30 and no later than 18:00 as dinner is at 18:15.

On arrival, you will be told your meal and bathing times. It is an ‘onsen’ which means that you are allocated a time in one of the private hot spring baths. Note that these are not for washing: this is carried out in the public bathing areas before going to the private onsen where the purpose is to simply soak in the hot spring water.

The rooms are traditional Japanese. On arrival, you will be offered tea, served at a low table in your room by your hostess. You sit on a cushion on a chair with no legs! You will also be given a yukata which is the clothing to be worn throughout your stay at the hotel, dinner and breakfast included.

Both dinner and breakfast are traditional (and elaborate) Japanese meals. Beer, sake and (western) wine is available, though the beer in particular is a little expensive. The hostesses speak a little English and will guide you if required. Overall, the food and the service are very impressive. After dinner, you will return to your room to find that the table has been cleared away and futons laid out on the floor. This is your bed. If you’ve not experienced such sleeping arrangements before, it takes some getting used to, but that’s why you’re here. If you do want to experience traditional Japanese hospitality, the Onsen Hotel Gorakan is to be recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Duckbattle wrote a review May 2017
Canberra
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An excellent small inn with traditional-style accommodation. It is only a stone's throw from the train station in Gora but was very quiet. Our room was spacious; everything was spotless and in good condition. There was plenty of room for our luggage and a wardrobe for hanging clothes. The heating worked well, which was very welcome in a cool Spring. The baths with their natural, hot mineral springs were excellent for a soak at the end of the day and extremely clean. Compared to others we have experienced, the baths were more basic in their facilities, but more easy of access for those with mobility issues.
Dinner and breakfast were generous and delicious. They were served in a common dining room, but the staff took care to give individual groups of travellers their own space.
The staff at Gorakan had very little English, but it didn't matter. They were welcoming and pleasant to deal with, and everything went smoothly. We felt very comfortable and would stay there again
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Date of stay: April 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kevin S wrote a review Feb 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great little ryokan short 5min walk from the Gora train station. My girlfriend and I stayed for 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Hotel has traditional Japanese tatami rooms, and included breakfast/dinner meals are served in a dining room. The kaiseki dinner meals in particular are 8+ courses, and food was delicious (we were so full). Each room has its own private toilet which was super convenient. As with most places in Japan, every area of the hotel was clean. There are separate public onsen baths for each gender, which were quite large. They also have 2 private onsens that you can book for 40mins/day (since it's a pretty small hotel, we never had a problem booking the times we wanted) which were lovely though keep in mind they are outdoors so can get chilly. Not a cheap ryokan by any means, but there's a reason it is so highly rated across all booking websites. Service is terrific, though their English is pretty limited, but was not an issue for us. We would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Quentin P wrote a review Apr 2017
Singapore, Singapore
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The ryokan offers great value with easily the best service of any accommodation we had in Japan. The helpful old lady was very pleasant and gave us many suggestions on _oishii_ eateries around the area for lunch. Food was terrific and the sashimi was one of the best things I ate in Japan.
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Date of stay: March 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jonathan N wrote a review Sept 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Located very close to the train station, this is an authentic Ryokan experience. Every one was very helpful & attentive to our needs.

Dinner was well prepared, tasty & consisted of several courses. Breakfast was served as one large course. The portions are generous & you will get a phone call prior to each meal.

The rooms were well kept and simple. Bedding consisted of futons that were laid out during your dinner. They were removed the following morning during your breakfast. Mind you, that the showers here are shared. We paid extra for a private toilet which was very convenient.

You can reserve the private onsen for one hour. Given that we went during a slow period we were allowed to use it whenever we pleased.

Overall, we’d stay here again. It was a great break from the hustle of the city & a great experience during our vacation. Simple, rustic & very affordable when compared to other stays.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Get the private bathroom.
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JAEMH wrote a review Aug 2018
Europe
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Positive aspects
• Very autenthic Royakan experience
• Homemade, traditional food (you do not know what you eat, no ones explains)
• Very close (about 100 mts) from Gora station (leave the station, go right and take the underpass, go after the underpass immediately left and walk up the hill. The hotel -no English name signposted- is the first one on the right)
• Next to the cable car (it takes about 45 minutes to end up at lake Ashi)

Less positive aspects
• Be aware this place is not in Hakone but in Gora (this is a different train station)
• Some of the staff comes across as extremely unfriendly (and hardly no one speaks a more than a few words English)
• You sleep on a mat on the floor (very hard and very uncomfortable) and your bed is only in the room in the evening (so no afternoon nap)
• Place is dusty and not very well cleaned
• You get one towel which you have to also use for the bathing. In the morning after breakfast our towels were taken away and not replaced.
• The bathing area is run down.
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Date of stay: August 2018
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Joannelee0411 wrote a review Mar 2017
Hong Kong, China
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is close to Gora station, just walk around 5 mins; there are only 10 rooms of hotel, have 2 outdoor hot spring & 2 indoor hot spring, thing the day I live was not full, so, I can enjoy the hot spring by myself, it really nice. The food is good, especially the beef
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Date of stay: February 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: must live this small but nice hotel when you visit Hakone
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Gigglesbugg R wrote a review Jan 2017
Seattle, Washington, United States
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I loved staying here so much that it was the highlight of my trip to Japan. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating and took such good care of me. The food was just fantastic and the private onsen was free for guests. You will not regret staying here. I want to go back already!
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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fiona238coy wrote a review Nov 2017
Hong Kong, China
5.0 of 5 bubbles
if you looking an quiet place and lovely food, pls pick this hotel!

We have booked 3 days 2 nite, including breakfast & dinner.
All in different dishes & servicing in traditional way, you must enjoy!

While the onsen is really really quiet and no body around you....don't forget to book the private one if you don't booked the onsen within your room

The only thing you may think of.....you need to bring your luggage via a tunnel...suggest to use the services provided at the Gora to send the luggage directly to the hotel/station and u don't need bring along with
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Date of stay: November 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Crystalism asked a question Sept 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia9,089 contributions968 helpful votes
Is dinner served in common area or in the room? Possible for dinner in the room instead?
Belen_Prask asked a question Feb 2018
Buenos Aires, Argentina35 contributions17 helpful votes
Which is the official website of this ryokan? All the rooms have private toilet? Thank you!
Answer from fiona238coy
Hong Kong, China22 contributions5 helpful votes
yes, there is a private washroom within the room~
Answer from Gigglesbugg R
Seattle, Washington, United States88 contributions69 helpful votes
You can book it when you check in. If they're not busy they'll let you use it whenever you want. If you want to be sure, email them.
Answer from Joannelee0411
Hong Kong, China43 contributions6 helpful votes
Yes, there is a toilet in toom; no, there no cubicles shower in Onsen. Only publice shower in onsen like general. But, there is 2 private outdoor onsen for private use, free for use.
Answer from Stephanie L
Taipei, Taiwan39 contributions47 helpful votes
(1) Yukata are provided for guests. (2) Private onsen baths are situated next to their women's public bath. Not in the room that I stayed.
Jonathan N wrote a tip Sept 2018
8 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get the private bathroom."
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Joannelee0411 wrote a tip Mar 2017
Hong Kong, China43 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"must live this small but nice hotel when you visit Hakone"
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Stephanie L wrote a tip Nov 2016
Taipei, Taiwan39 contributions47 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stairs. Travel light might be better."
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PRICE RANGE
HK$1,624 - HK$2,443 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanKantoKanagawa PrefectureAshigarashimo-gunHakone-machiGora Onsen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gorakan
Which popular attractions are close to Gorakan?
Nearby attractions include Hakone Craft House (0.3 km), Gora Park (0.4 km), and Miyaginohayakawa River Bank (0.3 km).
What food & drink options are available at Gorakan?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Gorakan?
Conveniently located restaurants include Itoh Dining by NOBU, GORA BREWERY & GRILL, and Gyoza Center.
Are there any historical sites close to Gorakan?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Hakone Shrine / Kuzuryu Shrine Singu (5.5 km), Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple (Doryoson) (6.1 km), and Hakone Sekisho and Hakone Sekisho Museum (6.6 km).
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