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1682 Ichinomiyacho, Takayama 509-3505, Gifu Prefecture
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Ranked #4 of 174 Hotels / Ryokan in Takayama
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 hotel reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wanosato is located about 15 - 20 minutes drive from Takayama Station, with complimentary shuttle bus transfers that can be pre-arranged. Due to its location, we decided to spend two nights in central Takayama itself, followed by two nights of leisurely relaxation at Wanosato. Wanosato is a stunning property. The main building's lobby is in the gassho-zukuri style synonymous with... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We stayed in early January and the Inn was very busy. We had a room in the main house with gorgeous views over the snowy rushing river. Just had the one room, ( I've read other reviews that mentioned they had a number of rooms) not sure if you have to request one of the villas? There was a lot... More 

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Burkittsville, Maryland
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8 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We stayed here for three nights in January, with fresh-fallen snow all around. The windows of our rooms overlooked a rushing stream and a forest of snowy evergreens. The ryokan certainly felt like old Japan to these Western travelers, and the staff's hospitality couldn't have been warmer. Meals were wonderful. The communal bath downstairs was lovely (we had our own... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This was a magical place. We spent 2 beautiful nights here and we couldn't recommend a stay here more highly. The food, the staff, the rooms, the atmosphere, the scenery and the onsen - all perfect. We visited in Autumn so the leaves were red, orange and yellow and gently falling in to the stream outside our window. The traditional... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We stayed at this lovely retreat with a large group of people and we all had a wonderful and truly authentic Japanese experience. From the luxurious sleeping accommodations, to the eleven course delicious handcrafted meals, to the friendly and helpful staff, and the zen like atmosphere of the entire retreat this place is heaven. Not to be missed when you... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We stayed for one night only as a break on our tour of Japan. We were shown to a beautiful traditional wooden cottage with fantastic views of the nearby stream and woodland. Dinner was an outstanding Kaiseki banquet served with precision and care. Breakfast was similarly memorable. The ryokan also has his/her onsens. This place is pretty expensive but worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Imagine falling asleep to sound of rushing water just below your window, snuggled into plush futon on heated tatami mats in a 700-century inn decorated for samurai with the faint smell of wood smoke. Your earlier dinner was the best Japanese meal ever; so very fresh, tasteful and each course served on beautiful dishes. And after dinner, you washed away... More 

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

we went there in March 2014 and It was really magical.... Me and my husband were the only guests of the ryokan so we had a very special japanese experience.. From the two amazing onsen to the kaiseki dinner offered with such a wonderful precision and care! It was late winter and there still was snow outside but our room... More 

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Maroochydore, Australia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

This small boutique Japanese-style hotel is a must for those who have the budget and who want to have a traditional Japanese-style hotel experience. The hotel is located in a narrow valley along a stream outside Takayama. It comprises a main building which is a traditional farm/barn house which has been beautifully restored. There are a number of adjacent barns... More 

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Winterthur, Switzerland
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12 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We had called the ryokan one day in advance so they picked us up at the train station of Takayama. It's about a 20 min ride by car. We got a really huge room.. Actually it was three rooms, two of them overlooking the river. The scenery is absolutely relaxing. It was our first time staying in a ryokan so... More 

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