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1-34 Hommachi, Takayama 506-0011 Gifu Prefecture
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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#6 of 196 hotels in Takayama
Featuring a free shuttle from JR Takayama Train Station, the traditional Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan inn is by the Miya River, next to the red Nakabashi Bridge. Guests can relax at the indoor hot-spring bath. Classical Japanese-style rooms have tatami-mat floors and a flat-screen TV. A minibar, electric teakettle and personal safe are included. The private bathroom has a bathtub. In central Hida Takayama, it is a 1-minute walk from Jinya Morning Market and a 3-minute walk from Takayama Monumentam. It is a 40-minute drive from Honoki-Daira Ski Resort. The indoor hot spring bath features special toiletries for both men and women, as well as cold drinking water. The hotel also provides bike rentals, a souvenir shop and free parking. Authentic Japanese set meals are served for breakfast and dinner. Guests can choose to eat in the dining room or in the comfort of their own room.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bicycle rental
Free shuttle or taxi services
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
Hot spring bath
Open-air bath
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
VIP room facilities
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Japanese
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KI-NRT wrote a review Oct 2020
San Jose, California1242 contributions240 helpful votes
Last month, we combined two nights at Kachoan with two nights at Wanosato. The former would put us right in the city center for exploring Takayama old town (and its numerous shrines and temples) by foot. This would be followed by a relaxing stay a bit further afield, where Takayama itself would not be the objective of our stay. It was a great combo, and we're glad we did it this way. For our city lodgings, we were torn between Kachoan and Hanaougi Bettei Iiyama - they are widely considered the top two luxury properties in the middle of Takayama. We chose Kachoan for its proximity to Takayama old town (Iiyama is about a 30-minute walk.) We chose the "Hanayagi no Ma," the top room in the property and occupies the 6th floor of the building. It is a spacious 90m² in size, and was clean, delightfully decorated (not too busy and not too spartan) and nicely appointed. It was a nice place to recuperate after a long day out touring the incredible Hida-Takayama area. Service was equally impressive. Our "Nakaya" (female Butler), Yukimi, was a total sweetheart... she's low-key yet charming, and catered to our every whim (of which, admittedly, we didn't have much need for anything since we were already well taken care of.) The entire service staff were gracious and polished in their manner and actions - you can tell they take great pride in being associated with the top property in central Takayama city. The food was good, but if you've stayed at the finest ryokans in Japan and have elevated expectations like we do, it was run-of-the mill. Meaning it was delicious but not memorable (unlike Wanosato, which was exceptional.) NOTE: Takayama is deep in the mountains, so don't expect seafood that's on the same level as, say, Hakone or Izu or Kanazawa or Hakodate. Takayama is more about the incredible mountain fruits and vegetables, its Hida Beef and freshwater fish (mainly Iwana and Ayu fish.) There are three things to be aware of before settling on Kachoan. First, it feels more of a hotel than a ryokan. It's a tall (relatively speaking) building, with no real property grounds to speak of (we like to walk the gardens at other properties that have them.) Secondly, the bath is not of the onsen variety, which may be off-putting to some. Finally - the meals are not served in your own room, but rather in their restaurant. It's not as bad as it sounds, since each group of guests eat in an private room. Still, many of the top ryokans offer all three of the above, so if it's important to you, Kachoan may not fit the bill (although I'm not sure what Ryokan in Takayama proper will.) Overall, we had a solid stay. No major service issues, good food, and a great location make it a place we'd recommend. But for a real ryokan experience, you may want to consider Wanosato instead.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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OodDySS wrote a review Feb 2020
Bangkok, Thailand5 contributions1 helpful vote
This is our third visit at this place. Still impressive with excellent services: very good location (very close to the highlighted places), very comfortable bedding set with all amenities we need (replenish everyday) and super delicious food with premium quality of ingredients. Above all, our service attendant, Ms. Yuki, warmly welcomes us (as always) and helps solve any inconveniences that we have, for example, arranging a reservation for special and rare liquor that we are looking for or arranging a reservation for the best beef stew in town. Will definitely visit this place again and again. Thumbs up!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Li T wrote a review Nov 2019
Hong Kong, China3 contributions
The hotel buildings is very nice however the room interior are poor very aged seems like 80's...and a bit dirty! Those staffs speaking excellent English and look charming but service level only up to 24 hours it's because we stay for 2 nights the first impression was great hotel staffs treat you very well but second day their face looks like can you check out earlier. Food/Restaurant, The traditional Japanese dinner was great but the sushi meal was sucks they dont have enough sushi rice to service our table it's ridiculous! however i will recommend this hotel for the people who is first time travel to Japan.
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Date of stay: November 2019
IdahoTimber wrote a review Nov 2019
Idaho145 contributions152 helpful votes
Friends advised a stay in a ryokan on our very recent trip to Japan, and we felt this one was well rated. While the food was beautifully presented and served, and the staff was gracious, I cannot recommend this facility for two reasons: the noise, and the quality of the room. We were in a room on the third floor, awakened by the unloading of produce at 3 a.m. for the farmers' market which was, unbeknownst to us, 1/2 block away. This occurs every night. From the location online and the photos, I erroneously expected the ryokan to be in a serene, outdoorsy space. No, it is in the middle of very-touristy Takayama. So beware. Secondly, we were in a Japanese Deluxe room, number 370. It was of very poor quality. One room had stained upholstered furniture with a small dry garden outside, and a crudely hand-lettered sign near the door announcing Do Not Go Outside! Not consistent with usual Japanese respectfulness. Additionally, our room 370 was not well maintained. While clean, the wood trim and even wood mirrors were so poorly maintained that the varnish had flaked off them, leaving old, raw wood. We had one room with only a sink that was relatively new, but the full bathroom had the lowest and oldest counter and the oldest sink and faucet I have ever seen. It really was unpleasant to use. And it was unacceptable these had not been upgraded for so many years. So beware on all counts. If you insist upon staying here, be sure to evaluate what type and condition of room you will get, and where its location is compared to the market. But it will be very hard to escape the second issue. I'd say go elsewhere. And Takayama is now, sadly, a tourist town. We found Kanazawa, with its geisha and samurai quarters, much more authentic and charming.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Room Tip: Don't go with 370 or anythin like it.
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Mart S wrote a review Oct 2019
Hartford, Connecticut30 contributions29 helpful votes
Large bedroom and separate sitting area. Nice rooms. Did not have onsen which we expected. Had a large hot tub with separate disappointing hand held shower. Our reservation included breakfast and dinner in private room. Food was good but service was very rushed. Not relaxing like experienced in another true ryokan. Food seemed to be thrown at us. Hotel staff was friendly and helpful. Location in Takayama was very good for walking around in the town
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$242 - US$716 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
JapanChubuTokaiGifu PrefectureTakayamaHidatakayama Onsen / Takayama Station
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Frequently Asked Questions about Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan
Which popular attractions are close to Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan?
Nearby attractions include Dekonaru-za (0.5 km), Sanmachi Suji (0.2 km), and Takayama Jinya (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chahan Hana, Heianraku, and Hida Takayama Gyoza Sohonzan.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Is Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Takayama.
Does Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Takayama Jinya (0.1 km), Yoshijima Heritage House (0.7 km), and Kusakabe Folk Museum (0.7 km).