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Ishiba Ryokan

55 Mototeramachi, Hirosaki 036-8355, Aomori Prefecture
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Ranked #2 of 34 Hotels / Ryokan in Hirosaki
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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63 hotel reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We agreed to stay here based on recommendations from a close friend who had stayed multiple times before, and boy were we very happy with his recommendation. The host (Sochiro) was so welcoming, and proud of his ryokan, which was so nice to see. It's so traditional that it gives you a taste of the past, which is what we... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We stayed for 2 nights. The host Sochiero was lovely, driving us to our restaurant, suggesting other places, and driving us to the station on our final morning. Ryokan is a rambling place with wonderful older part. We were in the newer addition but with view on to peaceful garden. Comfy sleeping. Bathroom decor needs a bit of attention but... More 

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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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101 hotel reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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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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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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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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70 hotel reviews
111 helpful votes 111 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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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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