Wow, I saw the previous review was pretty harsh. I guess difference experience for different folks.
We got to Takayama around 1pm and called the place to arrange pickup at 6pm. At first we wanted pick up at 7pm but they said it was too late so we compromised at 6pm. We went to Hida no Sato village and then checked out Takayama and had dinner and went to meet the van at the station. He drove us to Hida Gassho en and the staff welcomed us in the traditional room with fire pit and served us meccha green tea. It was bitter, but made quite an impression on us because we just came from the Hida village. cool place to stay. The smoke smell and atmosphere is very Japanese and we loved it.
The staff showed us to our room next and we have no complaint. The room is a pretty good size 8 tatami room and has kotatsu table and a little sink/balcony area. After a little break we went to the furo (bath), we had it reserved for one hour of private use. I really liked the bath. This is a traditional style Japanese bath and the shower is in the same room as the sunken tub. The shower floor has tatami mats on them, I didn't know you can do that with tatami mats. The tub was a large stone tub and was covered with silver heat conserving panels. We took a shower, sitting on the stools so didn't splash all over and then took a soak. The water was very very hot and we could only stay a short while. The bath worked out really well for us because we had private use, clean and the tub was really hot. I don't know why the previous poster had problem with tub, probably went late or maybe the next morning.
We opted for traditional Japanese breakfast at the ryokan for 1000Y each. We had breakfast in the large Japanese style dining room. The fire pit had a few wood in and was used for our miso soup. The wood smoke and tatami fragrance heighten the Japanese mood. We had grilled fish, enoki mushroom and fresh miso grilled on hoba leaf, seaweed, various pickled veggies and a smooth miso soup. This was a very nice Japanese breakfast for us because we've been having rice balls and stuff like takoyaki for breakfast the last few days.
All in all, this was a wonderful one night stay for us. We had a great relaxing evening and night here. While we were there, one of the staff speaks English very well. The staffs were all great. I think there are 2 gassho buildings. One is the check in/welcome room, dining room, and kitchen. The rooms are in another gassho building and the two are connected through another corridor/building.
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