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Hoshokaku

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1-88 Babacho, Takayama 506-0838, Gifu Prefecture
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Victoria, Australia
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of 3 stayed here for 2 nights. This was our first ryokan stay as we had stayed in western hotels the first week of our trip. We called for the shuttle once we arrived at the train station, and had a chance to orient ourselves during the drive through Takayama up to the Ryokan. Shoes are left at... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

When you arrive by car, you stop at a little doorway with a very narrow and steep driveway and immediately anxieties set in. But staff appeared almost instantly to take your bags and your car. Shoes come off before you enter. Thereon, it is traditional Japanese hospitality. Although English is almost non existent you get by with gestures and a... More 

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London W.8.
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72 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

The warmth of greeting here was wonderful. After a lovely train ride from Nagoya winding through the mountains along the banks of a river, we drove through the old town of Takayama to the Hoshokaku, set above the town in amongst maple trees. Off come your shoes and after signing in and sipping a cupful of salty broth in the... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We visited Hoshokaku on our honeymoon and stayed in a large room on the top floor with a private bath. The view from the bath was great and it was a perfect way to relax our tired muscles after a long day walking. Staff are friendly and make a strong effort to communicate despite the language barrier. Breakfast and dinner... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

We stayed here with friends in July, if you want to experience Japanese culture at its finest this is the hotel for you. You will be welcomed at the door and no shoes until you leave. There are no wifi sun the rooms which makes it complete if you want to switch off from the rest of the world for... More 

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Leawood, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We stayed here one evening to give our grandson a real Japanese cultural experience. The Ryokan is in a nice location the staff is friendly but we only found one staff member who spoke very little English. When we went to dinner we had our own small room and waitress who unfortunately could not tell us what she was serving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

An authentic japanese style inn where we stayed in Japanese rooms. We were personally welcomed to our room where tea and biscuits were offered. In the evening we enjoyed a typical Japanese meal with several little dishes, very tasty. We enjoyed the free spa onsen a lot. Breakfast was served insividually, the Japanese way. All of this in an atmosphere... More 

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london
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

The room was nice with the dining room in tatami with nice views of takayama. The dinner was better than taxable but still with space of improvement. Onsen full of Japanese that explained to me the right rules (you have to go inside completely naked). Nice staff

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

The cherry blossoms were out so it was a great time to be staying in Takayama in the mountains (apart from the daytime crowds going gaga over the blossom trees.) We emailed ahead and the Hoshokaku arranged for us to be collected from the station and we were whisked away to the inn. This is the full ryokan experience: shoes... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I recently stayed at Hoshokaku and found the experience very poor. I had just one night in Takayama and I was there on business. My biggest complaint is that none of the staff spoke English, at all! Despite booking a twin share room with beds I was given a room with no bed and a futon was later set up,... More 

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