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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Our stay at the Ryokan Wanosato was the most memorable highlight during our 10-day trip to Japan. From start to end, the experience was flawless. From the incredible view in our room, to tasty delicacies, to the best 10-course meal of my life to relaxing hot baths, this place is designed for comfort and relaxation. I hope to come back again soon!

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
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Thank Ashley G
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Cute ryokan with excellent food. Its 15 minutes by hotel shuttle from Takayama train station. You should wait at the West entrance to the station (there are signs in English). The shuttle itself doesn't have the English words wanosato on it but the driver will stand outside with a piece of paper with the hotel name on it.

The ryokan sits besides a burbling stream and consists of the main building and a few smaller outhouses. The grounds aren't large. You can walk around the property in 10 minutes. We stayed in the largest room on the ground floor of the main building which had a great view of the stream and which was also surprisingly large. There was a bathroom with a bathtub, shower and vanity, a bedroom, a dining room, two bays looking out at the stream and a vestibule in between the entrance to the room and the living areas.

The lobby of the ryokan is really rustic. And very smoky! That's the one thing I didn't quite enjoy about this ryokan. The fact that they didn't seem to have a chimney for the big fireplace. The smell doesn't get into the other rooms but it's very pronounced in the lobby. The floor of the lobby was a dirt floor which we thought was really unusual (the floors in the rest of the building were tatami not to worry and the floor of our bedroom was even heated)

Meals don't get served in your room. There's a separate dining room for that. Dinner was quite a grand multicourse affair with the chef preparing the meal right in front of the diners. The food was excellent. They are very proud of their local 'hida' beef here and deservedly so. On par with Kobe beef. The seafood (including freshwater fish from the area) was also excellent.

After dinner, there's an opportunity to sit by the fireplace to see an older Japanese gentleman (I wasn't sure if he was the owner or not) perform some magic tricks and entertain people with jokes as well as sake warmed in bamboo by the fire. We didn't mind the smoke so much after copious sake consumption at dinner and by the fire.

There are two small onsen in the hotel which alternate between men and women on different days so you can experience both. I wasn't sure if these were real onsen or just the mountain spring water heated up as one of the onsen had both a cold pool and a hot one! But the soaks in the pool were very nice nonetheless.

The staff speak enough English to get by and google translate/hand gestures sufficed for the rest of the time.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank L8227EYkens
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

A 15 min shuttle service by the resort from Takayama Train Station. A very “warm” welcome at the reception fireplace. So beautiful! The view in the room was fantastic. Flowing river with snowy scenery. Dining area had a better wide angle view. Such a priceless experience. After dinner, a hot sake in bamboo awaited us at the fireplace. A very cosy place to sit and relax after a sumptuous meal. Pricey but worth a stay.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with friends
1  Thank JonathanF3220
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

We stayed at other Ryokans during our trip and Wanosato was our favourite. The river and entire property is beautiful and worth some discovery time. They supply guests with rubber boots if you are so inclined. Our room was in the main house and was spacious with a lovely view of the mountain and river. Food was also amazingly fresh and a real river to table experience. We also had the beef which was excellent. We had an unforgettable time.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Jade B
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

I stayed one night here with a friend and we were so impressed by this place that we didn't want to leave. The property itself is a historical treasure, I could sit by the river all day. The room has a wall of glass that overlooks the river and no curtains necessary. The food is simply delicate and amazing. There's hot sake by the fireplace after dinner, I wish I could understand more Japanese to know what the old man was talking about (seems like explaining the architecture).

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Effi X
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