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“Perfectly adequate for our stay in Takayama” 5 of 5 stars
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Rickshaw Inn
2.5 of 5 Japanese Pension   |   54 Suehirocho, Takayama 506-0016, Gifu Prefecture   |  
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Ranked #1 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Takayama
4.5 of 5 stars 134 Reviews
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“Perfectly adequate for our stay in Takayama”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

Rickshaw Inn has a fabulous location midway between the JR station and the historic district east of the Miyagawa. As with most accommodation options in Japan, everything was kept spotlessly clean. Rickshaw Inn is also a stone's throw away from Suzuya restaurant which has been recommended in other forums for its Hida specialities. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful - I had emailed them a week before my stay asking them to help make reservations at Ryotei Susaki and they obliged readily. The inn provides a detailed map of the locality showing various restaurants, grocery stores and pharmacies. They will also have great recommendations for meals. Alternatively, you can do a spot of cooking in the lounge on the second floor.

No problems with email communications in English. Do bear in mind that there is a 12am curfew, but Takayama is a sleepy town anyway, so that shouldn't be too much of a bother.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2009

A bit of an old review but we spent 3 nights in Takayama and the Rickshaw Inn last year in July. We really liked the Rickshaw Inn and Takayama in general. Takayama is a very nice surprise after the hustle and bustle of Osaka and Kyoto and you could say we fell in love with the quiet and serene town. A very small and tranquil little gem where everything was pretty much a walking distance away. There is not too much to do in Takayama but you can check the float museum, private houses, morning market, folk village and fo try the Hida beef restaurants or just enjoy the overall experience if you get a chance to visit. Oh, and do not bother that much with the Lion mask museum, place is very small and not too much to see.

Rickshaw Inn in itself does not look like much from the outside but it is very close to the station and once you find it, you'll appreciate the location. The staff was very nice and helpful, not that it is very uncommon when travelling in Japan but appreciated nonetheless. No elevator so you need to prepare to drag the luggage upstairs. Didn't mind the curfew. We paid the standard 11,900 yen per night for two persons for the traditional Japanese style room.

We stayed in the Japanese style room with a private bathroom. Very clean and simple. It is true that it maybe is not the most "traditional" Ryokan out there but very catering to the Western needs. Room was quite, or should I say surprisingly spacious (considering Japanese standards) and very comfortable. There was a very small tv in the room but hd cable reception and a lot of channels where to choose from so it was appreciated, standard bathroom facilities. Basic water cooker, tea and cookies were also made available. There was a joint kitchen/lounge/dining area with a fridge which was also nice for storing food and drinks bought from the stores.

Overall, we really liked the experience and our stay at the Rickshaw Inn and Takayama.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2009

Acting on advice from Lonely Planet, I found the Rickshaw Hotel's website on my own and reserved a room via Email. The staff were very helpful in writing in clear English.

We arrived in Takayama after dark, but it wasn't too hard to find the Rickshaw thanks to the map they provide. It is down a small street (or maybe an alley) but the sign is very distinctive when you walk past.

The staff was very helpful in changing a room for an older couple who were travelling with us from a suite with futons to a western-style room with beds.

Other travellers should be aware that the suites are both Japanese-Style sleeping arrangements, so if you don't like futons, book a western-style room. The "western style lounge" in one room is two fold-down couches around a big-screen TV. Very nice, but not beds, if you are picky about what you sleep on.

That said, the Sakura suite is AWESOME! Biggest and nicest accomodations we saw in Japan. The suite can easily sleep at least 4 in very comfortable conditions. It is the size of a small apartment all by itself, and is one giant room with exposed wood timbers, a raised tatami mat sleeping area, and a lounge with two big reclining couches, a table, and a big screen TV. Talk about luxury! Nice heaters kept us toasty even in the cavernous space in the snowy winter. The bathroom is nice and set away behind a door from the sleeping area. Everything is just very well arranged.

The upstairs rooms are also adequate, and there is a fully-appointed kitchen and lounge (with another big-screen tv) for guest use until late night. Good for those who want to cut costs by checking out the morning markets and bringing back fresh produce to cook their own meals.

Staff spoke English and were discreet. We didn't see much of them during our stay.

Overall, the Rickshaw Inn was really nice experience.

  • Liked — Huge Sakura Suite!
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2009

My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights, opting to stay in one of the Inn's Japanese-style rooms and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were upgraded and had a huge room (biggest we had in Japan) with en-suite bathroom, TV (but only Japanese channels), dining room table, and tatami mats to sleep on.

The rooms were very clean and we were made more than welcome by the staff.

It turns out December is not a particularly busy month in Takayama and the Inn certainly lacked a little atmosphere. I imagine the atmosphere would be significantly better in high season.

There is no breakfast included in the price here, though it is provided if requested the night before. We didn't bother opting to walk into the old town each morning (about a 5 minute walk)

The only issue we had during out stay here was how cold the room got at night. Despite providing us with a heater, the room was freezing (not helped by it being such a big room) and thus we rarely got a good night's sleep.

I would still recommend this place and would suggest upgrading to one of the larger rooms.

  • Liked — It had a lot of character - felt very Japanese
  • Disliked — Rooms were cold...but it was December!
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2008

We booked this hotel upon reviews on here, a stellar Lonely Planet recommendation, an excellent English website and some great photos. Expecting a funky boutique-style place, we found a small, old 60s/70s-something building tucked down a sidestreet that fell somewhere between an expensive hostel and a refurbished 3-star hotel. The hotel featured random decorations, a new application of wallpaper and an excellent marketing plan that drew other Western tourists like us in to capacity the night we were there.

It took us a while to find the place (luckily Takayama is small and we had a rental car) and instead of being greeted by the normal exuberant cries of "irrashimasse", a lobby and an elevator; the front desk was empty, our shoes had to come off three steps into the building and the bags we lugged through the snow now had to be carried up a flight of stairs just to get to check-in. We were directed to move our car to their other car park and come back a little later to check-in (fair enough, it was just lunchtime). The staff member was fluent in english but approached the situation with a more Western-style of efficient friendliness and hospitality rather than the 110% flat out enthusiasm you see everywhere else in Japan. It was OK - not bad but nothing to be impressed with either.

The western-style twin room was sparse but clean. The bathroom had great hot water, the internet was quick although awkward without a desk and the LCD TV had a few more channels on it than we'd seen at other places. There was a cool chillout area with a very small kitchen and some couches and reading material which was a very nice touch. The location was OK - Takayama is a small place so nothing is really far away.

If you are looking for a place to crash in Takayama - there are cheaper places more conveniently located infront of the station. If your looking for a real Japanese experience - head 100kms into the country to Shirakawago and Gokayama. Rickshaw Inn falls awkwardly between the two in a feigned "authentic Japanese" experience - Fair Trade Coffee, Made in China Japanese souvenirs for sale in the staircase and tacked on fabrics covering the drab walls.

  • Liked — The Nat Geo Mags and a cool living area
  • Disliked — It felt tacky
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2008

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights and really enjoyed our visit. We spent one night in a 'Western' room and two in a small but charming Japanese-style room. Both were very clean and comfortable althought the Western room was a bit more spacious.

We were very happy with our welcome and all the extras that made our stay comfortable. A great little kitchen for snacks and simple meals; pleasant dining and sitting room; newspapers & magazines, up-to-date and in English; a selection of books and music; and a washing machine & dryer (very slow!).

It was very cold in Takayama when we were there but the hotel was always warm and cosy.

We would recommend the Rickshaw Inn to anyone who is looking for value for money, comfort and a nice welcome.

  • Liked — Comfortable, clean, extras like kitchen, dining & sitting room.
  • Disliked — Not a lot of space in room for luggage
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2008

We stayed for 2 nights in a traditional Japanese (twin) room. As others have suggested, a gentle way to feel you are staying traditional Japanese - still with all the Western comforts we are accustomed to. Our room was comfortable (but it's a long way down/up for 60 year olds to the futon!) and clean. The ensuite was similarly clean, with plentiful water and toilets that worked well. The staff were polite and were helpful when we enquired about dinner after arriving on a lateish train. The communal loungeroom/dining room/kitchen (with refrigerator) were appreciated. We are glad we included Takayama on our itinerary (one tip - if you're looking for internet, simply ask at the Tourist Information Centre at the station - if they are not using their computer, they may well invite you in and let you use it for free) and glad we stayed at the Rickshaw Inn.

  • Liked — Japanese ambience
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 54 Suehirocho, Takayama 506-0016, Gifu Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Gifu Prefecture > Takayama
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Takayama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rickshaw Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay at our comfortable,reasonably-priced and stylish Japanese Inn, catering to the independent traveler.We are very conveniently located in central Takayama, within 6 minutes walking distance of the station, and with easy access to the major tourist sights.English-speaking staff welcome you with a big smile. ... more   less 
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