Located in Hakone Gora, Gora Hanaougi is a Japanese-style luxury ryokan-hotel, a combination of traditional and modern designs. The interiors and the 20 guest rooms are all fitted with tatami mat flooring. All the rooms are also inclusive of a private open-air bathwith a view of the Gairin Mountain and the surrounding woodland. Each room has its own dining area, where guests can enjoy traditional full course Japanese meals, with seasonal ingredients sourced fresh every morning. One night’s stay can range from 70,000 to 100,000 JPY.
In addition to the private en-suite hot spring baths, there are also public baths featured in the hotel, with indoor and outdoor options for men and women, separately. The outdoor baths are surrounded by views of nature and the mountainside. Other amenities for the guests to enjoy include a massage chair, a powder room, and a security box for valuables.
Nearby tourist spots in the area include: Lake Ashinoko, Hakone Shrine, Owakudani, Sengokuhara Pampas Grass Field, and Gotemba Premium Outlet. Hakone Gora can be accessed from Hakone Yumoto Station to Gora Station. A courtesy car can be arranged for pick up from Gora Station. The hotel is operating normally with safety measures in place and limited acceptance to prevent the spread of infection.
We had heard this Riyokan was good, but it was simply outstanding.
When we arrived we were greeted by multiple staff who took our bags, sat us on stools to remove our shoes and then brought us tea. Service throughout was outstanding.
We had booked a room with a private onsen. The room was was large and comfortable. The onsen had great views. The building itself is of modern construction, but this has been carefully hidden using traditional materials which gives it an authentic feel. The beds are western beds which was a welcome relief after several days in more traditional ryokans.
Dinner was amazing. Everyone is served in their own private dining room and there was just the right delay between each course. Presentation is stunning (see the photo) and the menu was first class. This was the best kaiseki we had over our 2 week trip (and we had some good kaiseki elsewhere too!)
There is a beautifully done, public onsen which is well worth a visit.
The staff will also drop you off in Gora, or at the cable car, when you go out for the day.
Highly recommended; would go back again without hesitation.
Truly outstanding Ryokan
This place was the best of all the hotels we stayed in Japan. Beautiful facility, beautiful rooms, and private onsen in room. The food was incredible, beautiful presentation, private dining room and the most incredible service imaginable. Breakfast and dinner included in the two days we stayed. Each was memorable. Our travel agent picked excellent hotels wherever we stayed in Japan, but I changed the hotel in Hakone to the Gora Hanaougi. It was by far the best hotel and probably one of hotels we’ve stayed in around the world that we will always remember. In addition, the entire hotel staff provided unbelievable service.
One of the best onsen ryokan in Hakone
I chose this ryokan based on other reviewers' positive comments and I am so glad i did. The food is excellent, and the onsen water quality is great. A quiet relaxing getaway from the busy Tokyo metro area.
highlight of our trip
Excellent service and food, it ranks near one of the top onsen hotel we have stayed. The room is nicely decorated and clean. English communication will not be an issue here. It was on a weekday in July and it was not crowded, it has many rooms so we did enjoy the extra privacy and quietness.
Immersion into Japanese Culture
It was by far the most interesting experience from the whole trip. We have no words (in a good way)! We had a total immersion in Japanese culture, from wearing Yukata to experiencing Onsen, from sleeping on tatami mats to enjoying 4 Kaiseki meals - the high end glorious dinners and breakfasts, consisting of 16 and 13 courses respectively. I would be so happy if I could visit this place again!