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Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

We booked this ryokan after seeing its picture in one of travel book. When we arrived, we found out it is much more than what the picture showed. I had very good communication exchange with this ryokan during reservation, very responsive and quick reply.

We were picked up at Takayama Station. It took around 25 min to get to the ryokan, beautiful view during the ride. The moment we entered the ryokan, we were taken care so well. Service is super excellent. Love the fire place with free hot sake being served around it. We stayed at the only room on the first floor. Very large room with great view of the river. Dinner is superb, excellent taste, good mix, so many dishes and well decorated. Dinner was served in a special dining room with privacy and very personalized. The lady owner came to greet and chat with us. She tried hard to communicate with us who do not speak japanese. She gave us nice japanese pouch as souvenir. Onsen is so relaxing and quiet. This ryokan has only 7 rooms, so it is very personalized and quiet. We love it so much. It is a bit pricey but with the experience we got, it is well worth. The lady booked us taxi to get back to the station, and turned out it was also paid by the ryokan.

I would definitely return and recommend others to try this ryokan

Stayed: December 2015, travelled with family
Thank Ferliana21
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Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

Had the opportunity to stay for a night in this luxury ryokan in takayama. The owner (an interesting and friendly old lady) kindly upgraded us to their top room and it's breath taking. I have stayed in many beautiful resorts and the view of this room is definitely one of, if not the most surreal. The river and forest seemed to be right in front of you and you can't stop marveling at the beauty that nature gifts you, especially for a city gal like me.
The meals are spectacular, with the best cuts of hida beef being my highlight on the menu. Breakfast was served in an intimate room on the 2nd level, ambience was top notched.
My husband and I were the only guests during our stay and the owner offered us the luxury of bathing together in their onsen. It was sublime soaking away the aches and pains with a view of the river and we felt really relaxed after that.
Overall, I would really recommend that you stay in wanosato, even though it takes some traveling to get to from the main city of tokyo. Takayama itself is a quaint little town with shirakawago ( world unesco site) just a short ride away. Enjoy yourselves in this world class ryokan!

Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
1  Thank caren33
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Reviewed 3 November 2015 via mobile

About 20 minutes out of Takayama you find yourself next to fast running brook with trees all around. Dinner is Japanese but excellent with top grade wagyu beef from the Hida herd. The rooms excellent, the ryori or fireplace in reception brilliant and unique and you wake up feeling that you are in the canopy of trees - you should go.

Stayed: October 2015, travelled with friends
1  Thank ScottGsy2013
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Reviewed 28 October 2015

The ryokan is in a beautiful piece of land, the room is dated, and really needs some work, the toilet seat was cracked, the table is taped on etc... the onsen is very good with with rocks surrounding the pool, and very hot... The food was mediocre at best, and basically no one spoke english here. I think it is nice but too expensive for what it is.

Room Tip: i like the rooms in the main building better, if it rains the mud road is hard to walk on at night.
  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with friends
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2  Thank yotsu
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

The setting of this hotel next to a rushing mountain stream in a forest couldn't be more beautiful, but we found serious hospitality problems during our two-night stay here. First of all, the staff speak no or very wobbly English. Then the service of a shabu-shabu meal was a complete disaster, with half the meal arriving immediately--hot and cold dishes--the minute we sat down, which is not the normal meal of a well-served Japanese meal at all. The beef and vegetables were then brought out for poaching in the broth and the staff more or less vanished for an hour, so that we finally gave up on the meal after we'd finished eating and left the table uncleared, because it was obvious that there was some sort of very serious service problem going on here. This was unacceptable at these rates, and it was also obvious that some couples staying at the hotel--it's very much a couples place--were more babied than others, i.e., they were served dinner in the quiet romantic dining rooms for two rather than the large over-lit shared one. They're many things to like about this property but it needs to do some serious work on delivering better service. And the other irritation here was that wifi service is only available in the lobby area and it was of very poor quality--they need to offer this basic commodity in rooms.

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank InveterateExplorer
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