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Walking up the stone stairway to the entrance of Gion Hatanaka, you immediately see that this ryokan celebrates the very expression of Japanese style. It is located in the heart of Higashiyama, right next to Yasaka Shrine. The tranquility of this estate will transcend you to a state of complete relaxation.
With whom ?
A delicate nomad
The rooms :
Kamogawa Room / Hanare
The architect's intentions were to have a fluid layout to the inn so there is a rhythm, revealing itself gradually. The rooms give way to their debts to ancient Japanese building principles in the internal and external structure.
If one bath stands alone in Kyoto it would have to be that of Gion-Hatanaka. As space is of paramount commodity here in Kyoto it is rare to have a bath of this size. It is rated as the best bath in Kyoto because of its inherent beauty and the Kayo-Maki wood from which it is constructed. The stimulating waters will relax and massage your world and worries into the beautiful surroundings to achieve your own equilibrium.
The restaurant :
Within the area of Gion and Yasaka-jinja shrine, being in the presence of tasteful Kyoto cuisine accompanied by beautiful Maiko and their extraordinary skills.
Jidai Matsuri & Matsuri festival
The Kyoto Jidai Matsuri (Festival of Ages) is held annually in Kyoto on October 22. The festival commemorates the transfer of the capital to Kyoto in 794 and was first held in 1895. The Jidai Matsuri is one of Kyoto's three renowned great festivals, with the other two being the Aoi Matsuri, held annually from July 17 - 24.
The festival was originally created to raise Kyoto's spirit after the loss of the capital and imperial court to Tokyo in 1868. It begins with the mikoshi (portable shrines) of the first and last Kyoto emperors being carried to the old Imperial Palace, where after a procession of approximately 2000 then embark on a five hour, two kilometer route to the Heian shrine, led by drums and fife bands. The participants in the procession wear period costumes representing styles from throughout Kyoto's history, beginning with the modernized soldiers of the Meiji era, corresponding with the end of the Kyoto capital in 1868, back to the founding of the capital with characters from the Heian period.