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“Location, value and service in a real ryokan.” 5 of 5 stars
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Sumiyoshi Ryokan
3.0 of 5
Ryokan
  |   4 Hon-machi, Takayama 506-0011, Gifu Prefecture   |  
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4.5 of 5 stars 162 Reviews
Melbourne, Australia
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“Location, value and service in a real ryokan.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

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......

Room Tip: Take a taxi from the station, its cheap and easier
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is the real thing - a traditional Japanese Ryokan. When we found the location and went inside, it was as if we were transported back in time 100 years! After removing our shoes at the genkan, the owner came out and helped us to our tatami room where where we were served the welcoming tea. The room was quite large. There was an entrance way, a side area containing display antiques and a small sitting area in front of a large window with a tremendous view of the river. The toilet was down the hall, but as we were the only guests on the 2nd floor, it was very private.

After going out and visiting the area for several hours, we returned for dinner at the low table in our room. Dinner consisted of something like 9 courses. There were appetizers, miso soup, sushi, a hot pot, Hida beef and many items which I could not name nor which tasted like anything I've ever eaten before. This was quite the experience! There was ample green tea to drink but I preferred the sake instead! The lady of the house served us and explained the various courses (using little English, but we understood anyway). She even attempted to teach my wife to use chopsticks which was a hilarious comedy routine.

After dinner, we explored the various nooks and crannies of the inn and marveling in the many interesting antiques. Later we retired to the hot spring bath which we had all to ourselves. The water was super hot, but very soothing.

Westerners would question the comfort of sleeping on a futon on the floor, but I can assure you that the most relaxing nights sleeping in Japan were on these types of beds. Morning brought a large Japanese style breakfast with more interesting tastes.

The staff was willing to serve us a half hour early so we could visit the morning market across the river and catch an early train.

The property is over 100 years old, but it is impeccable condition. A Japanese ryokan is quite the experience. And the Ryokan Sumioshi was a memorable experience which will not be forgotten!

Room Tip: Second floor with river view is the best!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We chose to stay at this ryokan because of the many positive reviews it has received. We were disappointed, however, to find the ryokan to be run down (holes in the paper windows, worn down floors, etc.) and quite dirty. There was also no place to unpack our bags.

Although the public toilets were very clean, everything else was less so. For example, we found many crusted on food stains on the heated blanket in our room (the "kotatsu") that covered the table which our morning breakfast was served on. This led us to believe that the kotatsu had not been cleaned in a while. Being curious, we decided to lift up the blanket and look underneath the table - we wished we didn't check - we found pubic hair and dirt. We also didn't use the bath because mold was growing in between the tiles and in the grout. Lastly, when the cleaning lady came in our room to pack up the futon, we noticed that she changed the pillow cases, but not the sheets of the comforter (she folded up the comforter put it away). This made us wonder whether the sheets are washed after an old guest checks out and before a new guest checks in. We stayed at another ryokan during our stay in Japan and cleanliness was not an issue.

The little old lady who runs the ryokan, on the other hand, was very friendly. We quite enjoyed her company. We also enjoyed the food.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This ryokan is very near the start of the morning market. It has a very cute Japanese garden that overlook the river.


The room that we stayed in was very spacious, very big for Japanese standard. Even as compared to a standard hotel room, it could still be considered big! It's on the ground floor, it has three separate sections: the bedroom, living room and a tiny patio overlooking the garden. It was a lovely change from your run of the mill tiny rooms that you usually get in Japan!

Bathrooms are shared. It is traditional hot bath sort and we could have the whole bathroom for ourselves!

We ordered dinner in and were served plenty of food. The food was alright, we had better.

The highlight of the stay, other than the huge room, was the friendly warm hosts who entertained our 2.5 years old toddler and made us feel so welcomed in their antique ryokan.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bangkok, Thailand
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

The property is beautifully decorated with antique items. Guest rooms are clean and comfortable. There were six of us and we got the whole floor with 3 rooms to ourselves. I got the room with the river view and en-suite bathroom and toilet. However, the shared bathrooms and toilets are very clean with easy access from the guest rooms. Hot tub are small but clean with all necessary amenities.

The food was delicious and with nice presentation, we were surprised it's home-cooked. The lady (there seemed to be only one person serving) who waited on us was very friendly and efficient. She also speaks English and tried to explain to us the way to eat Japanese food. She also helped us with the laundry and luggage.

The Inn is centrally located. The Morning Market is across the river from the hotel. The Home Preservation Area, the Floats Museum and historic streets are within a walking distance.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Sumiyoshi Ryokan as two couples in two separate rooms, as soon as we arrived I knew this was going to be an experience I will not forget. The obasan welcomed us warmly, she was so lovely and friendly, her service singularly surpassed the service I've received anywhere else on my travels! The inn itself was really cute and interesting with heaps of knick knacks everywhere you looked, the building was over 100 years old, it was amazing to stay here. We only stayed one night but felt like we were being treated as if we were family, it was the highlight accommodation of our time in japan. Dinner and breakfast were served in a private intimate dining room, both were delicious. The obasan helped us with what was what and how to eat japanese breakfast properly. Although english was limited I feel this added to the charm and the owner was very lovely as well. I presented them with a gift for their amazing hospitality and received one in return which was so nice. When I return to takayama I will not look anywhere else for accomodation as sumiyoshi ryokan was perfect. The futons were warm and quite firm but comfy, no need to book room with the private ensuite as the ofuru/japanese bath was great and you can use it as a private couple bath. Just the right temperature and not scalding hot. I can't wait to go back one day, thankyou so much for your great service and hospitality, this inn is definitely worth the price you pay, don't miss out on dinner and breakfast!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 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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New York City, New York
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This review is long overdue and I owe our wonderful hosts at Antique Inn Sumiyoshi an apology for not posting sooner. Antique Inn Sumiyoshi is a cheerful, centrally-located ryokan with all the comfort and hospitality that we’ve come to expect from ryokans in Japan. You are warmly greeted every time you enter and leave. The entire ryokan itself is charming, filled with numerous antiques (hence the name) in every nook and cranny. Our room with en-suite bath was spotless, with a marvelous view of the river running outside, and the mountains in the distance. Food in Takayama is no joke, and we had some of our best meals in Japan in this mountain town. We asked our hosts for a ramen recommendation and our adorable 80-year old caretaker was gracious enough to walk us across the street to a local noodle joint. I love ramen and eat it all the time, but this place had the best barbecue pork ramen I think I’ve ever eaten. My mouth still waters whenever I think about it. We wanted Hida beef one night and the ryokan’s dinner recommendation was absolutely spot on. Finally, the ryokan’s home-cooked dinners are also very special, as you get served a multi-course meal in the comfort of your own room. Other special memories of Takayama include:

-exploring the San-machi Suji historic district just a 5 minute walk away
-sake-tasting at the 6 intimate sake breweries located in the historic district
-walking the Higashiyama Hiking Course that leads through fields and the connects a series of beautifully preserved temples
-walking the Miyagawa Morning Market, just over the bridge from our ryokan

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4 Hon-machi, Takayama 506-0011, Gifu Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Chubu > Gifu Prefecture > Takayama
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Takayama
#12 Best Value Hotel in Takayama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sumiyoshi Ryokan 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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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