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Wanosato

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1682 Ichinomiyacho, Takayama 509-3505, Gifu Prefecture
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Ranked #5 of 174 Hotels / Ryokan in Takayama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015
rotterdamerik Breda, The Netherlands
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Breda, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We spent two nights here. We had a wonderful time. You feel as if you are in historic Japan; and I mean this in the most positive way! The place is all serene and peaceful as time does not exist there. You feel completely at rest the moment you enter. The staff is very friendly and they make your stay... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

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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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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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
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 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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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 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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