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Ishiba Ryokan

55 Mototeramachi, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture 036-8355, Japan
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Ranked #1 of 14 Hirosaki B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014
Adele C Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I loved staying here. The owner was thoughtful and made excellent suggestions about where to eat. We went to a local "café" for our evening meal, having first been driven there by the ryokan owner, and sampled all kinds of traditional fare, which we wouldn't have had the chance or the nerve to taste without the introduction. I ate a... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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183 reviews 183 reviews
93 hotel reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

From the minute we arrived we felt very welcome. The ryokan has a lovely calm atmosphere & is located close to the castle. The owner speaks good English & is really helpful. We ate at a traditional Japanese restaurant that he recommended on our first night & it was a highlight of our trip. We enjoyed a free welcome drink... More

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37 reviews 37 reviews
36 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We loved our one night stay at Ishiba Ryokan! First of all the property is beautiful and very traditional. The owners are fantastic, Mr. Ishiba is an incredibly nice guy. Brought us to a local place for dinner, a place which normal tourists would never find. Also he brought us back to the train station in Hirosaki in the morning,... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The warm welcome and hospitability by the owner, Mr Ishiba had made our stay a memorable and pleasant experience. The english speaking owner recommended good places to visit and to eat... I strongly recommend this as a good place to stay in Hirosaki...

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England, United Kingdom
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115 reviews 115 reviews
72 hotel reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Upon arriving from the station by taxi we were met by a member of staff who showed us to our room, and kindly explained through sign language of a sorts (no English and our Japanese is poor to say the least) where everything was, all very welcoming. The room itself faced a small garden one of which also has a... More

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Aomori, Japan
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102 reviews 102 reviews
57 hotel reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I enjoyed two great nights at Ishiba Ryokan in late-August 2013. English-speaker Mr. Soichiro and his staff were courteous, attentive, and kind. They helped me to make the most of my Hirosaki weekend. They provided clean and comfortable Japanese-style B&B lodgings, abundant multi-item breakfasts, kind attention, and sage advice on good sights and places to eat. Good location and free... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The unmeasureable Ishiba hospitality, precise traveling pointers and assistance provided during my 6 days stay were great. It is my first stay outside major cities of Japan where I find minimum difficulty in accessing of trekking grounds to dining places. Being a casual trekker, Aomori had numerous comfortable trekking grounds where I will come again without forgoing the stay in... More

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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Ishiba Ryokan is now the benchmark by which we judge ryokans -- restored and maintained with great respect for the amazing history of the place, yet thoughtfully made very comfortable for the contemporary guest. Location very convenient. The family is very friendly and helpful, and Ischiba-san (fluent in English and French) is ever ready with recommendations and advice for exploring... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

My Pops and I spent a night at the Ishiba Ryokan and were happy we did. Just around the corner from the Hirosaki Castle (and all the cherry trees) and within easy striking range to the Izakayas of "downtown". What made our time special was the owner who went out of his way to make sure we enjoyed our stay.... More

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Hirosaki was part of the earthquake that left marks of its damage in cracks in the ryokan. Despite that, the citizens and people at Hirosaki still keep a friendly and positive outlook. Ishiba Ryokan was easy to find as well as a step right into a time warp, back to the Edo era. My bf + i went in the... More

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Address: 55 Mototeramachi, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture 036-8355, Japan
Location: Japan > Tohoku > Aomori Prefecture > Hirosaki
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