This place is run by a wonderful family with a very energetic and wonderfully helpful lady of the house. The woman who runs the place is the difference between 4 and 5 stars, she really is something special with a wicked sense of humour and does anything to help.
We arrived after several days travel and she actually did all our washing and returned it folded and dry. In all my many years of travel this was a first.
The room and facilities are very good value for money. Our room was huge, about 50-60 square meters. It had everything we needed including wifi and the futons were some of the best I've slept on. It was cool while we were there and the room even had a Kortutsu, a coffee table that has a heater built not it with a large blanket to put your legs under - something I had always wanted to try.
We got advice for local restaurants and they sent us to a couple of perfect places to try hida beef in a local setting. This is a very touristy area and hugely popular with the Japanese so there are many restaurants for tourists which while good are pretty expensive and not as super cool as the awesome local places we were told about.
The location is perfect for a stay even though its a little walk from the station - personally ai would just get a taxi for about 5 dollars and then walk back to the station on the way back when you know where you are.
The private bath in the house is actually very good and if you are 50/50 between this place and another, the bath is worth it - it is authentic japanese style bathing right on the river with a big window where you can see the water etc. it's a big bath too, enough for a whole family. If you've never tried the Japanese bathing, this is an easy way to learn the ropes before going public!
Our room didn't have a bathroom or toilet but others do, with the great family bath available for private use, it doesn't matter.
The food was good, very nice and just adds more value......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional merchant house style Ryokan built in Taisho era. (1912)SUMIYOSHI RYOKAN located MIYAGAWA riverside and central TAKAYAMA city.Ideally located for sightseeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sumiyoshi Ryokan Hotel Takayama