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Reviewed 22 September 2012

My wife was keen to spend at least one night on our Japanese holiday in a ryokan - a traditional Japanese guest house. Her internet research led her to decide on this one in Takayama. It was a good choice.

A driver picked us up from the railway station and drove us to the ryokan. At the entrance, you take off your shoes and put on slippers they provide. I took a few steps and decided to take them off because I was sure I was going to trip over. They said it's OK to wear socks or bare feet.

One thing to note about the bedrooms in a ryokan is that there are no beds. You sleep on a mat and pillow on the floor. The only furniture was a very low table with chairs with no legs. The floor of the bedroom is covered with tatami mats (a traditional Japanese mat made of rice straw) whereas the hallways were carpeted.

There are some modern features. Thankfully there was air conditioning because it must have been close to 40C when we arrived. There was a lift in the building and a TV and safe in the room.

The main bathroom was a public bath in the basement - one for men and one for women. However, they've installed a private shower on the main level for anyone who is too modest to use the public shower and bath. Thankfully, each room has its own toilet.

Dinner was included in our stay. The dinner was brilliant. Once again we sat at a very low table on chairs with no legs. I wasn't sure I'd be able to get up again - especially after all the sake we had. It was a genuine banquet with an incredible variety of interesting dishes. We ate most of the dishes but left a few we weren't sure about.

The dinner reminded me of a big Christmas lunch on a hot December day in Sydney. After lunch you just feel like lying on the floor to recover - except we were already sitting on the floor.

When we climbed back up the stairs to return to our room, the staff were just going into our room to get our beds ready. When they'd finished, they had moved the table and our bags to the side and had laid out our mats, pillows and quilts on the floor.

Sleeping on the floor turned out to be not as bad as I'd expected. Even so, I'll go for a bed any day.

The next adventure was to have a shower and bath in the morning in the public baths in the basement. There was one bath area for men and a separate one for women. They swap them over every day and so you need to watch out for the blue towel or the pink towel covering the entrance doorway to make sure you get the right one.

You are supposed to wear the dressing gown from your room to go to the baths. Inside the bath area, everyone is naked. You start by having a shower on one of the stools - you have to sit down and lather up while you shower with a European-type nozzle on the end of a hose. Once you are clean, you can enter the hot bath.

Breakfast was also included in our stay. As you might expect, it was a traditional Japanese meal with numerous small dishes with a variety of tastes. We enjoyed it.

There was almost no WiFi reception in our room but it was OK in the lounge area.

It was a great experience staying here.

Date of stay: August 2012
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

My husband and I stayed here for two nights. The location was perfect - a 10 minute walk away from the center of town, meaning that it was quiet at night but easy to get around on foot during the day. Also, right behind the ryokan was a series of beautiful buddhist temples. The staff at the ryokan were so helpful with everything. And perhaps most notable were the MEALS - huge breakfast and dinners; I would recommend doing dinner here at least one night, and be sure to skip lunch that afternoon.

Date of stay: August 2012
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1  Thank Annie G
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

This ryokan was delightful to stay at: the cooking was delicious, artistically presented and plentiful, both for breakfast and dinner (they also prepared delicious vegeterian fares for my husband upon request, despite the short notice); there is a very nice bath area; and large, air-con tatami rooms with kimonos provided for you to enjoy the bath before going to dinner for the evening splurge. The ryokan is located just nearby one of the nicest temples of the temple footpath, and a 5-10 mn walk away from the old, picturesque area of Takayama.
Last but not least, our hosts were very nice and helpful, with a good command of English; taking us to the station and always ready to help us. We were able to use their washing machine and dryer for just 300 JPY for a vert full load of clothes.
All in all, a wonderful stay in this charming place; the place to be at Takayama, and which we can only warmly recommend to any travellers.

Date of stay: August 2012
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1  Thank lafamilleberger
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

Can only confirm the other reviews: the food was outstanding good, the service wonderfully friendly and helpful and the rooms nice and clean.
I can add that free bicycle rental is possible which is great fun in Takayama.
If you come to Takayama, you have to stay in this ryokan!

Date of stay: August 2012
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2  Thank Seal274707
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Stayed in a couple of ryokans in Japan and this was the clear standout. Fantastic service and hospitality, the owners were so friendly and did everything they could to make our stay as comfortable as possible. We had a room on the highest floor for 3 adults with a fantastic view of the town. Free tea on arrival and each day when they put away your futon beds.

The location is fantastic - 5 to 10 minute walk to the centre of town or 2-3 minutes on a bike.

We had dinner on two of the three nights we stayed here - some of the best food we had tasted in Japan. Didn't know what we were eating half the time but it didn't matter when it tasted so good. People who want to be as adventurous with their food as possible in Japan will love this place. Also got the breakfast one morning which was also good, but it can be hard to stomach seafood first thing in the morning. While saying that, don't neglect the food in town because there are some amazing experiences to be had.

There's a private shower available for those who don't want to use the public bathhouse. Also they provide bicycle rental for free - the best way to get around Takayama.

The only negative is that the ryokan can be a bit loud in the morning on weekends as many get up to eat breakfast before heading out for the day and the curtains in the room don't block out much of the morning light. Don't expect massive sleep-ins here if you're a light sleeper.

Date of stay: July 2012
Trip type: Travelled with friends
4  Thank tone222
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