#Kyoto 3.1 Gion Hatanaka Ryokan

I thought I try the American breakfast this time around (something different)

#1: American breakfast :)

#1: American breakfast 🙂

1.1: Home made marmalade and jam

1.1: Home made marmalade and jam

1.2: Thick toasts

1.2: Thick toasts

1.3 : Bacon and Salad

1.3 : Bacon and Salad

1.4: Plain Omelette with Ketchup

1.4: Plain Omelette with Ketchup

1.5: Home made yoghurt with honey

1.5: Home made yoghurt with honey

My other family members ordered the Japanese set.

Apart from rice, they had

1.1 grilled fish

1.1 grilled fish

1.2: Tamago (Egg) yaki with assorted root vegetables

1.2: Tamago (Egg) yaki with assorted root vegetables

1.3: Toufu

1.3: Toufu

1.5 : Miso Soup

1.5 : Miso Soup

1.6: Chawanmushi (Steamed Egg Custard)

1.6: Chawanmushi (Steamed Egg Custard)

Verdict:
3/5 of us will return.

Overall the stay here was pleasant. Comparatively to the Miyajima stay, the hot tub did not have as nice a view. There was only 1 kind of indoor tub.
Food wise, I would say they did take the effort, but probably, was slightly average compared to what we have had but it is slightly above average.
However, the location of the place made up for it ..  they are very nicely situated within town .. so it is quite easy to travel around and find transport.
This would be our 3rd ryokan experience and  .. if this is going to be your first, then i think you would probably have a good time enjoying all the facilities 🙂

Bye Kyoto for now!

Gion Hatanaka Ryokan
505 Gionmachi Minamigawa,
Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto,
Kyoto Prefecture 605-0074, Japan
Phone:+81 75-541-5315

Kyoto: #2.3 Gion Hatanaka Ryokan

For Dinner at the Ryokan we had:

#1,#2,#3

#1,#2,#3

#1: Sea Urchin on Toufu in a Yuzu Sauce

#1: Sea Urchin on Toufu in a Yuzu Sauce

#2: Sea Bream Sashimi

#2: Sea Bream Sashimi

#3.1: smoked egg topped with foe gras,  heirloom tomato salad,

#3.1: smoked egg topped with foe gras, heirloom tomato salad,

#3.2: scallop sushi, preserved mackerel sushi, ikan billis 'wafer'

#3.2: scallop sushi, preserved mackerel sushi, ikan billis ‘wafer’

#3.3 the cup, candied fruit salad

#3.3 the cup, candied fruit salad

#4: Simmered Buri with daikon and spinach

#4: Simmered Buri with daikon and spinach

#5: Fish Soup

#5: Fish Soup

#6: Grilled hamachi with seasonal mushroom

#6: Grilled hamachi with seasonal mushroom

#7: Seared Beef slices with nuts

#7: Seared Beef slices with nuts

#8: Battered hamachi fins

#8: Battered hamachi fins

#9: Kani (crab) meishi

#9: Kani (crab) meishi

#10: home made vanilla ice cream with kyoto grapes

#10: home made vanilla ice cream with kyoto grapes

#10.1 Yuzu Jelly

#10.1 Yuzu Jelly


Gion Hatanaka

505 Gionmachi Minamigawa,
Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto,
Kyoto Prefecture 605-0074, Japan
Phone:+81 75-541-5315

Kyoto : #2.1 Gion Hatanaka Ryokan

Breakfast

#1: grilled fish and fish roe

#1: grilled fish and fish roe

#2: Pickles

#2: Pickles

#3

#3

#3 : Porridge ( you can change to rice if you want)

#3 : Porridge ( you can change to rice if you want)

#4

#4

#4: White miso with mackerel and spinach

#4: White miso with mackerel and spinach

#5: plum and Seaweed

#5: plum and Seaweed

#6

#6

#6: Preserved Vegetables, Grated yam with seaweed, Stewed Root Vegetables

#6: Preserved Vegetables, Grated yam with seaweed, Stewed Root Vegetables

#7: Tamago (Egg) Yaki, fried 'ikan billis', Fish Cake

#7: Tamago (Egg) Yaki, fried ‘ikan billis’, Fish Cake

#8

#8

#8: You duo fu

#8: You duo fu

#9

#9

#9: Miso Soup

#9: Miso Soup

Verdict:  3/5 thought breakfast was ok  ..
Not saying that it all tasted bad or anything, but perhaps not much wow factor we were looking for.
To give them credit, they did put a lot of thought into throwing in ‘mini surprises’ with the way they placed some of the dishes.
nonetheless, this place seems to be very catered towards foreigner’s taste buds as well it feels.

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Gion Hataka
Yasaka Jinjya Minamimon Mae Higashiyama ku, 
Kyoto, 
Kyoto Prefecture 605-0074, Japan

Kyoto #1.2 Gion Hatanaka Ryokan

Stayed at Gion Hakata Ryoka.

Opted for both breakfast and dinner

Sitting Area

Sitting Area

View from the room

View from the room

Welcome snack: Matcha with Red Bean Dango

Welcome snack: Matcha with Red Bean Dango

Tea Time Snack

Tea Time Snack

So came dinner time,
this night, we heard the neighbouring room who had engaged a maiko for entertainment purposes. We could hear the laughters and Japanese instrument .. We would have called for one too .. except we probably could not understand her jokes and conversation

back to the meal,

#1 Assorted Appetiser, #2 Toufu with Palate Cleanser, #3 Sashimi

#1 Assorted Appetiser, #2 Toufu with Palate Cleanser, #3 Sashimi

#1 : Assorted Appetizer : Smoked Duck, Baby Daikon, "ikan bilis", Tamago, Candied fruit,  Boxed crab stick anago sushi with egg shreds and tobiko

#1 : Assorted Appetizer : Smoked Duck, Baby Daikon, “ikan bilis”, Tamago, Candied fruit, Boxed crab stick anago sushi with egg shreds and tobiko

Surpise Santa : marinated miso vegetables

Surpise Santa : marinated miso vegetables

Yuzu Liqueur

Yuzu Liqueur

Uni (Sea Urchin) with Annin Toufu

Uni (Sea Urchin) with Annin Toufu

Sashimi: Toro( Tuna Belly), Ika (Squid) and Tai (Sea Bream)

Sashimi: Toro( Tuna Belly), Ika (Squid) and Tai (Sea Bream)

Close up of Toro

Close up of Toro

#5: Clear Soup

#5: Clear Soup

#5: Clear Soup with Mochi, Rooted Vegetables (Lotus, daikon, Carrot)

#5: Clear Soup with Mochi, Rooted Vegetables (Lotus, daikon, Carrot)

#6: Rolled Daikon, Leek rolled in Kelp. Santa Hat ( Spinach). Santa face/beard) yuzu jelly

#6: Rolled Daikon, Leek rolled in Kelp. Santa Hat ( Spinach). Santa face/beard) yuzu jelly

#7: Soup

#7: Soup

#7: Daikon Soup with Leek and Fish Cake

#7: Daikon Soup with Leek and Fish Cake

#8: Grilled Mackerel with Mushrooms in miso

#8: Grilled Mackerel with Mushrooms in miso

#9: Assorted Pickles (Raddish, Cucumber)

#9: Assorted Pickles (Raddish, Cucumber)

#10: Mushroom Meishi

#10: Mushroom Meishi

#11: Miso Soup

#11: Miso Soup

#12: Toufu Cheese cake with Goma(Sesame) Ice cream and fruits (strawberry and black bean)

#12: Toufu Cheese cake with Goma(Sesame) Ice cream and fruits (strawberry, kyoto grapes and black bean)

Verdict:
5/5 agreed that what was the best part of this meal, would be the appetisers.
There was so much effort put into the crafting ( near Christmas season) of the food, plating and attention to the details.
Mains however, and subsequently after appetisers was good but did not wow us .

ok.. good night world

Good night

Good night

 

 

 

 

Kurayado Iroha #2.2

Dinner time day#2

#1: Assorted Appetisers:

#1: Assorted Appetisers:

#1: miso with assorted vegetables

#1: miso with assorted vegetables

#2:  yuzu marinate oyster in cheese

#2: yuzu marinate oyster in cheese

#3: Sashimi ( Chutoro (Tuna), Uni (Sea Urchin) Tai (Sea Bream),

#3: Sashimi ( Chutoro (Tuna), Uni (Sea Urchin) Tai (Sea Bream), Ika (Squid)

#4: Tea pot soup

#4: Tea pot soup

#4 : clear soup

#4 : clear soup

#4: tortoise/turtle

#4:  inside the soup lies …. tortoise/turtle and mochi, leek

 

#5: Grilled Shirako (Sperm of whale) and Miso Cod fish

#5: Grilled Shirako (Sperm of whale) and Miso Cod fish

#6: Toufu skin wrapped around Anago, mushroom, spinach

#6: Toufu skin wrapped around Anago, mushroom, spinach

#8: Tempura heirloom tomato and fish

#7: Tempura heirloom tomato, eggplant and fish
#8: Palate Cleanser: yuzu ice

#8: Palate Cleanser: yuzu ice

 

#9: Steamed Beef with Vegetables

#9: Steamed Beef with Vegetables

#9: look at the beef

#9: look at the beef

#10: Oyster Meshi

#10: Oyster Meshi

#11: picked burdock, cucumber and raddish

#11: picked burdock, cucumber and raddish

#12: Miso Soup

#12: Miso Soup

 

#12: Fruit Platter ( Honey Dew, Strawberry, Pear)  and Yuzu Pudding

#12: Fruit Platter ( Strawberry, Pear) and Yuzu Pudding

#12: close up of yuzu pudding

#12: close up of yuzu pudding

 

Verdict: 3/5 of us will return.
Overall the stay here was quite pleasant ( except when we were given a room that faced a construction site that woke us up early morning) .
The service was good in the sense the staff were very attentive, and I loved the tubs both outside and inside  soaking tubs

Inside soaking heaven ( yup those are lemons floating around)

Inside soaking heaven ( yup those are lemons floating around)

Outside view : you could see the bridge and some of the lights from the building across miyajima ( don't worry no one can see you)

Outside view : you could see the bridge and some of the lights from the building across miyajima ( don’t worry no one can see you)

and I think above all the utensils and platings comparatively from the other ryokans so far in this part of the trip were very artsy

( perhaps due to their little artsy store they have in the ryokan)

Kurayado Iroha

589-4 Miyajimacho, 
Hatsukaichi, 
Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0559, Japan
+81 829-44-0168

Kurayado Iroha #2.1

For Breakfast we were served Japanese Style
(you can choose Western or Japanese)

we of course went with Japanese

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Shabu seasonal vegetables

Shabu seasonal vegetables

Miso soup

Miso soup

Mandarin Orange (Mikan) Juice

Mandarin Orange (Mikan) Juice

Tamago (egg) Yaki

Tamago (egg) Yaki

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Grilled Mackeral

Grilled Mackeral

Vinegared Egg Plant

Vinegared Egg Plant

grilled oyster

grilled oyster

Stewed Vegetables

Stewed Vegetables

fruits: Pear and Orange

fruits: Pear and Orange

Cabbage wrapped in bean curd skin

Cabbage wrapped in bean curd skin

Kurayado Iroha
589-4 Miyajimacho,
Hatsukaichi,
Hiroshima Prefecture 739-0559, Japan
+81 829-44-0168

 

Kurayado Iroha #1

We stayed in this ryokan called kurayado Iroha, breakfast and dinner included.
Our first night’s Omakase dinner

Appetizer : for prawn eaters

Appetizer : for prawn eaters

Appetizer : for non prawn eaters

Appetizer : for non prawn eater

Preserved mackeral slice with baby yam

Preserved mackeral slice with baby yam

Sliced Preserved sayori Sushi

Sliced Preserved sayori Sushi

Fried Sweet Potato

Fried Sweet Potato

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Sweet Miso with Spinach and Sesame dressing

Sweet Miso with Spinach and Sesame dressing

Tobiko with yudoufu

Tobiko with yudoufu

Toufu fish cakse in clear broth

Toufu fish cakse in clear broth

Second Course

Second Course

Second Course: Daikon rested on crab miso tofu with yuzu and ginger

Second Course: Daikon rested on crab miso tofu with yuzu and ginger

Sea Bream Sashimi

Third Course: Sea Bream Sashimi

Look at the skill!!

Look at the skill!!

Fourth Course

Fourth Course

Third Course:  Tempura Fish with Stewed Vegetables : Daikon, Eggplant and Spinach

Fourth Course: Tempura Fish with Stewed Vegetables : Daikon, Eggplant and Spinach

Fourth Course For the Prawn Eaters

Fourth Course For the Prawn Eaters

Fourth Course:  Lobster with Stewed Vegetables: Daikon, Spinach and Eggplant

Fourth Course: Lobster with Stewed Vegetables: Daikon, Spinach and Eggplant

Fifth Course: Grilled seasonal Vegetables (Pumpkin, leek, Yam, Mushrooms,) on a leaf with sweet Miso paste

Fifth Course: Grilled seasonal Vegetables (Pumpkin, leek, Yam, Mushrooms,) on a leaf with sweet Miso paste

Sixth Course: Palate Cleanser : Apple granite

Sixth Course: Palate Cleanser : Apple granite

Seventh course: Shabu Shabu ( Beef shabu) with sesame dipping sauce

Seventh course: Shabu Shabu ( Beef shabu) with sesame dipping sauce

Step 1: put into beef in to cook first

Step 1: put into beef in to cook first

Simmering

Simmering

Seventh Course: Fried Fish wrapped in leek drizzled in ponzu sauce

Eightth Course: Fried Fish wrapped in leek drizzled in ponzu sauce

Eighth Course: Anago steamed rice with 3 different types of mushrooms

Eighth Course: Rice

Eighth Course: Anago steamed rice with 3 different types of mushrooms

Eighth Course: Anago steamed rice with 3 different types of mushrooms

Miso Soup

Tenth Course: Miso Soup

Dessert: Momiji, Kytoto Grape and Persimmon

Dessert: Momiji, Kytoto Grape and Persimmon

Verdict: I will leave it till the last post to make a more comprehensive verdict.
in the meantime, my bath awaits! 🙂

open air bath

open air bath