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Reviewed 31 December 2012

Booked room for 3-4 -- very comfortable, great food, great bath. Staff was wonderful -- drove us to Hida Folk Village and held our bags and brought them to the train station at the precise time requested. Highly recommended.

Date of stay: December 2012
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Thank Phillip Y
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

Oyado Yamakyu is a very nice property located about 20 minutes by foot from the Takayama Station. The ryokan also provides complimentary pick up and drop off at the station (you will need to inform them earlier) which is much appreciated.

Walking to both the morning markets and the old preserved streets will take you about 10 minutes from the ryokan. There are many temples surrounding the ryokan and infact you will pass the ryokan if you take the temple heritage walk . Since takayama is not a huge town, most of the attractions are doable by walking.

Although this ryokan is farely basic (small rooms but with attached wc and a basin), you will feel homely with the warm services of the staff. Everyone shares the public bath which has a indoor onsen and a smaller one. The practice of rotating the ladies and gentlemen public bath is a good ideas so one can experience both the public baths (the outdoor onsen is different).

Do remember to include the breakfast and dinner package in your room as the food here is excellent. I was always looking forward to dinner, as you will be fed with dish after dish of nicely presented yummy japaneses delicacies. The food alone is a good enough reason for you to stay here!! (and also to come back again!)

When you are in Takayama, do visit the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway (about 1.5 hours by bus from Takayama) and Shirakawago (about 1 hour by bus from Takayama) which are very beautiful and scenic.

Room tip: Take the breakfast and dinner package!
Date of stay: December 2012
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3  Thank GreatGTraveller
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Reviewed 13 December 2012

Ryokan are always more expensive than hotels for the same price, but this Yamakyu is really good for a reasonable price. So if you want to include a ryokan stay in your trip to Japan, this is a good place to do it. It's not Hiiragiya or Gora Kadan but you still get a little more than what you pay for...

The rooms are where you will feel that this is not an expensive place - they are spartan and show some wear and tear. None are en-suite, although that is common even at high-end ryokan. That said, we had a kettle, toilet and sink, storage space was adequate and we slept like logs on the comfortable futons, breathing in the mountain air. Yamakyu's meals are good value and worth paying for, but room-only deals are dirt cheap and you still get a good location, and use of the baths.

Apart from the room, everything else was above our expectations! Great multi-course ryokan meals (served in a big dining room, not in your room) and pretty Japanese baths with a few extra toiletries (lotion, moisturizer...). The common areas have a lot of atmosphere. They are decorated with antiques and nice paintings - it is not a designer's hotel and the collection may well have been put together by someone older, but it's sill very tasteful and fun to look at. There is a little Japanese garden to be seen through some ground-floor windows.

Location is good, close to a nice park on a hill and the temple district, and you can easily walk to the centre and the stain (Takayama really is not very big!)

Extra services include: English-language newspapers, private shower room, massage chairs (about 500 yen a pop), laundry, free public computer and all the things other people have listed below.

The staff was very helpful and friendly in the Japanese way. We had told them we would arrive 'too late for dinner' on our first night, without being more specific, and did not request a pick up. But Yamakyu worked out which train we were probably coming on (Takayama is a small town) and a nice member of staff waited for us with a sign at the station. As he drove to the ryokan, he showed us where the main streets and sights of Takayama were. The 'local mothers' who served us dinner and breakfast were very friendly, and the front desk kindly arranged for our suitcases to be sent on by overnight delivery (Takkyubin) when we checked out. Then they took our picture outside the ryokan and waved good-bye.

I can't comment on the staff's English, but this ryokan seemed very good at welcoming foreign tourists without fussing over them too much, while retaining a mostly Japanese clientele.

Date of stay: September 2012
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2  Thank Alice S
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

So much good stuff has been written about this ryokan, and my group of eight found that the ryokan has met our expectations and more.
The ryokan was conveniently located within walking distance of the town and morning markets. There was pick-up service from the train station. The next morning, when we wanted to go to Hida Folk Village, the very helpful hostess even offered to send us there, and then suggested that we take the bus from the Folk Village to the train station directly to catch our train for the next destination. As for the luggage, she took care of them by sending them to the train station at a prearranged time. This allowed us more time to spend at the Folk Village since we did not have to rush back to retrieve our luggage.
The breakfast and dinner served were sumptuous and a feast to the senses. Each course was so beautifully presented and tasted so wonderful. Even though it was not exactly comfortable sitting on the tatami mat to have our meal, it was worth the discomfort for the authentic Japanese experience, dressed in the yukata provided by the ryokan. The staff also took the effort to explain how some of the less known dishes should be eaten.
The room was sufficient for my family of four. The toilet was small but that was to be expected. When we were having dinner in the dining room, the futons were laid out for the night for us. There was even a heating pad between each futon and blanket to keep the toes warm. Our only complaint about the room was the lack of space to air the towels as the drying rack was too low for the bath towels, meant more for the face towels.
Soaking in either of the two public baths was so relaxing, especially the outdoor bath. The rectangular outdoor tub was more fun because it was huge enough for a few people, unlike the circular tub in the other bathroom, which was meant for one bather at a time. Since the male and female public baths are changed each day, we were able to try out both. For those who do not wish to soak in the public bath, there is also a private shower room. However, soaking in the public bath is highly recommended.
On the whole, the welfare of the guests seemed to be the priority at this ryokan. Kudos to the wonderful, helpful and cheerful staff for making our stay such a delightful one. Arigato gozaimas.

Date of stay: November 2012
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5  Thank Bee8811
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

A large but traditional style ryokan nestled up the back streets overlooking town. Japanese style accommodation with all the benefits of a small hotel e.g. newspapers in English, wifi. The owners are extremely helpful and friendly. Breakfast and dinner are both HUGE meals and well worth the money, although i wouldn't recommend it every day. The evening meal is a work of art - multiple dishes and intricate detail in the presentation. The onsen public bath area downstairs is a treat!!! For evening meals don't miss the narrow side streets containing Isakaya (bars with substantial meals) east of kokubunji st, south of the river. Try the small side street opposite (south) of kajibashi car park on the tourist map.

Date of stay: December 2012
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3  Thank Foodieheaven00
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