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Welcome to Gora-Kansuiro!

Gora-Kansuiro is an authentic traditional Japanese Hotel "Ryokan” located in the heart of the beautiful landscape of Hakone in the area of the volcanically active Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

Only a 3 minute walk from the railway station of "Gora”, the Gora-Kansuiro consists of 14 luxurious guest rooms and a lavish Japanese garden.

At our hotel you can experience the real "Ryokan” atmosphere and enjoy our fine traditional Japanese cuisine. You can take a bath at night in our open-air natural hot springs under a sky full of stars and wake up at the sound of birds singing in the morning.

Gora-Kansuiro will give you a great, relaxing and luxurious experience in our oasis of peace.

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For hundreds of years Hakone has been a resort destination for Japanese people in search of total and complete relaxation.

In the late 19th century, the Hakone Gora area was primarily developed as a summer resort areas for upper-class families in Japan. In 1911 Odakyu Railway Company (ORC) undertook a project to develop 122 ha of land and built villas for celebrities and the aristocracy. ORC also created the 2.2 ha Gora Park which is located at the center of the area. The Park is well known for its beautiful rose flower garden and its French rock garden.

The property known today as Gora-Kansuiro was inaugurated in 1914 at the ORC developed area as a private country house owned by baron Yasuya Iwasaki, the third son of Yataro Iwasaki, the man who founded the Mitsubishi "Zaibatsu”, a large Japanese industrial conglomerate. The baron created a Japanese garden named "Kaseien” which extends over an area of 3.3 ha. The "Kaseien” garden has an abundance of plants, century-old trees and rocks overgrown in moss placed along the steep hill.

Next to the same garden, Prince Kan’in Kotohito, member of one of the Japanese imperial families, built his summer villa in 1916.

Due to the birth of this sumptuous property linked to the hot springs by a funicular railway, Gora became the favorite spa-thermal resort of the Japanese high society.

After the end of WWII the Zaibatsu was forced to be dissolved and the Gora-Kansuiro area was re-opened as a public hotel in 1949 by Mr. Niroku Suzuki, a local entrepreneur.

The Gora-Kansuiro became well known after the Showa Emperor and Empress stayed at the room named "Kinkatei Hashuan” in Autumn 1955. The Emperor and Empress really enjoyed the wide variety of dishes and the spectacular view of the massive bonfires of Daimonji, which literally means ‘great (big) character’, burned at night on the mountain sides surrounding Hakone. It was the first time that Japanese Royals stayed at a public hotel. Today the very same room is available to all guests.

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Guest rooms

A Japanese guest room usually contains following areas and/or equipments.

  • the "agari-kamachi" (after opening the door guests step into this small area and take off their shoes)
  • "shoji" (sliding paper doors) which separates the agari-kamachi from the room
  • "tatami" mat flooring (reed floor matting)
  • low wooden tables
  • "zabuton" (sitting cushions)
  • futon (sleeping quilts)
  • a "tokonoma" (an ornamental alcove built into the wall used for placing flower vases and hanging scrolls)
  • an "oshiire" (a closet for futon sleeping quilts)
  • an "engawa" (a glass enclosed sitting area separated from the room by a shoji)

The Gora-Kansuiro has 14 Japanese-style rooms, seven of which are located in the main building called "Issho-tei”, three of which are in the annex set with two banquet rooms called "Shunju-tei”, and the rest of which are Japanese-style villas called "Hanare” more remote from the main building. Heated toilet seat with a built-in bidet is installed in every room.

At the two-story main building "Issho-tei”, the following rooms are available:

Room name Size of main and anteroom (㎡) Location Room rate incl one dinner and one breakfast per person (JPY) * Maximum number of persons in the room shared at the designated rate Hot spring bath
"Kasei" 9.3 Ground Fl 25,000~42,000 Twin use only Private bath
"Sugi" 12.4+3.1 Upper Fl 20,000~42,000
(For single use)
Public bath
"Take" 12.4+3.1
"Ume" 15.5+4.7 Ground Fl 20,000~42,000
(For twin use)
Public bath
"Kodachi" 15.5+3.1
"Matsu" 19.4+15.5 Ground Fl 25,000~42,000 8
(Minimum 4 persons)
Private bath
"Seikyoku" 19.4+15.5 Upper Fl
* Tax not included.

The following rooms are available at the annex "Shunju-tei”

Room name Size of main and anteroom (㎡) Location Room rate incl one dinner and one breakfast per person (JPY) * Maximum capacity of the room (persons) Hot spring bath
"Tsuki" 12.4+3.1 Ground Fl 20,000~42,000 3 Public bath
"Sakura" 15.5+5.4 Upper Fl 25,000~42,000 4(Minimum 2) Private bath
"Yuri" 12.4+3.1 Mezzanine 25,000~42,000 Twin or triple use only Private bath
* Tax not included.

Three isolated villas, "Hanare”, are located independently and have garden view.

Villa name Size of main and anteroom (㎡) Villa Room rate incl one dinner and one breakfast per person (JPY) * Maximum capacity of the villa (persons) Hot spring bath
"Kinkatei" 15.5+9.3
3 BR with 2 Bath 30,000~45,000 9
(minimum 4)
2 Private
bath rooms
"Yamamichi" 15.5+3.1 1 BR with Bath 30,000~42,000 4
(Minimum 2)
Private bath
"Santei" 14.0+3.1 1 BR with Bath 30,000~42,000 Twin or triple use only Private bath
"Myojo" 14.0+3.1 1 BR with Bath 30,000~42,000 Twin or triple use only Private bath
* Tax not included.

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At Gora-Kansuiro breakfast and dinner are served in the guestrooms. An attendant will gently explain about each dish as she serves the food in the comfort of your own room. This is the best way to enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine which could be never experienced anywhere else, even in Japanese restaurants or homes.

Menu varies according to the different seasons in order to offer you always the freshest and best quality food .

Dinner at Gora-Kansuiro is served as a menu of "Kaiseki” cuisine. Kaiseki is highly refined cuisine which emphasizes the use of high-quality seasonal ingredients.

A traditional Kaiseki menu consists in one soup and three types of dishes: Sashimi (raw fish), Yakimono (grilled dish) and Nimino (boiled dish). There may be variation which always include a minimum of seven dish.

Each dish is exquisitely prepared and beautifully presented as in the finest Japanese tradition. You can also choose from a wide selection of cold or hot sake.

At Gora-Kansuiro breakfast is served between [7:00 and 8:30am]. Our staff will wake you up cheerfully screaming "Ohayo-gozaimasu!” (good morning in Japanese) to make sure you are ready in time for breakfast as it is served in your room.

Breakfast in essentially "washoku” (Japanese style) and includes hot rice, miso soup, grilled fish, tofu, egg dish, Japanese pickles and much more.

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Onsen (Natural Hot Springs)

Guests coming to stay at Gora-Kansuiro expect with excitement the opportunity to take a natural hot spring bath, "Onsen”. Bathing in a spacious bathtub soothes away fatigue and stress. Hakone, which is surrounded by volcanic mountains, is known worldwide for its "onsen” and Gora-Kansuiro has two sources natural hot springs on its property.
Gora-Kansuiro attaches the hot spring tabs in all of the bathroom facilities in the rooms in order to fully satisfy our guests.

The open-air bath is called "Rotenburo” and is located in front of "Kaseien”, the Japanese garden. You can enjoy bathing with the pleasant breeze blowing over the hot water surface. The outside bath is called "Kan-no Yu” for gentlemen and "Sui-no Yu” for ladies. You can see one of the two hot spring sources just next to this bath, which is 100 % natural hot spring.

"Sen-no Yu” and "Hyoutan-no Yu” are indoor baths separated for male and female guests.

At Gora-Kansuiro you can enjoy gazing at the beautiful garden just outside through the large glazed windows of the indoor bathroom.

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By train

From Tokyo (1 hour 30 minutes):
Take the Shinkansen (Bullet train) from the Tokyo station to Odawara station. Then, change to the Odakyu Line at the Odawara station and get off at Hakone-Yumoto station.

Change train again to the Hakone Tozan Railway destination Gora.

After a 50 minute ride, leave the train at the Gora terminal station and a 3 minute walk will take you to Gora-Kansuiro.

From Shin-Osaka (3hours 20 minutes):
Take the Shinkansen (Bullet train) from the Shin-Osaka station to Odawara station. Follow instructions above from Odawara.

By car

From Tokyo (1 hour 30 minutes):

Drive on the Tomei-EXPway to Atsugi IC. Pay toll at Atsugi IC, then drive on the Odawara-Atsugi Road (toll road). Passing through Odawara IC, the road ends and merge to Route 1. From there, a 30 minute drive takes you to Gora-kansuiro.

From Nagoya
Drive on the Tomei-EXPway to Gotenba IC and change there to Route 138. A 30 minutes drive takes you to Gora-Kansuiro.

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Contact us

Postal code: 250-0408 Address: 1300, Hakone-cho Gora, Ashigarashita-gun, Kanagawa
Tel No.: 0460-82-3141 <Reception from 10:00 to 20:00>
Fax No.: 0460-82-3143 <24 hour reception>
E-Mail: info@gourakansuirou.co.jp <24 hour reception>

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