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Wanosato Ryokan

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1682 Ichinomiya-machi, Takayama 509-3505 Gifu Prefecture
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Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travelers visiting Takayama, Wanosato is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its charming environment and proximity to great restaurants, Wanosato makes it easy to enjoy the best of Takayama.

You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a refrigerator, and you can stay connected during your stay as Wanosato offers guests free internet access.

Plus, Wanosato offers an on-site restaurant, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

Nearby landmarks such as Garyu Park (Garyu Sakura) (2.4 mi) and Hida Ichinomiya Mizunashi Shrine (2.4 mi) make Wanosato a great place to stay when visiting Takayama.

While you’re here, be sure to check out Wat Pho (0.6 mi), a popular restaurant that is within walking distance of Wanosato.

Takayama is also known for some great history museums, including Takayama Museum of History and Art, Takayama Municipal Government Memorial Hall, and Hida Folk Archeological Museum (Hida Minzoku Kokokan), which are not too far from Wanosato.

Whether you’re traveling for business, pleasure or both, Wanosato is sure to make your visit to Takayama one worth remembering.

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KI-NRT wrote a review Oct 2020
San Jose, California891 contributions195 helpful votes
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Following 2 nights at Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan, which is located smack dab in the center of Takayama (great for exploring the historic district), we were ready to stay somewhere a bit more intimate, rural and with much more rustic charm. Wanosato was our choice, and it surpassed our already high expectations. Located about 25 minutes (or so) by car to Takayama city proper (Wanosato also offers a free shuttle service into the city), Wanosato feels like a world away. It's nestled along the banks of an idyllic river, and is surrounded by a gorgeous forest. It's really a serene environment in which to build a small, charming, rustic Japanese ryokan, and with just 8 well-appointed rooms, that's exactly what they did with Wanosato. Upon arrival, we marveled at the old-school architecture of the main structure with its Gassho-zukuri thatched-roof construction and earthen walls - this is where the reception, common area, communal (men/women separate, of course) onsen bath and dining areas are located. The main lounge is an Instagrammer's delight - There's an open "irori" hearth in the center, and features hardwood floors, exposed wood beams and ancient (at least to our eyes) Japanese antiques lining the walls. We chose to stay at one of the four villas - the Garyu Villa - (臥龍 離れ) to be precise. Spanning 110m² it had two sitting rooms, a bedroom, and a big living area with an open hearth. It's also right along the bank of the gorgeous river, which you can hear its soothing sounds from the room. The bathroom was equally spacious and had both a shower and a wooden tub. Unfortunately, the in-room bath is not of the onsen (hot spring water) variety; you'll have to visit the main communal bathing area for your onsen fix. While it's not ideal, it's not a big deal, either... with only 8 rooms as previously mentioned, it is rarely occupied at any one time. We went twice and never shared the space with another soul. Service was discreet, although it may had more to do with the spread-out nature of the property and the fact that Wanosato only has 8 guest rooms. While we didn't have much in the way of needs during our stay, we weren't expecting 5-star levels of service with an all-star concierge manning the front desk day and night like a big luxury hotel. That said, everyone was professional and charming, if a bit muted (save for Momoka, server for dinner on the second night - she was a big ball of charm, energy and sweetness.) Overall, nothing went unattended - no major service flaws to speak of. Another highlight was the food... it was exquisite. We've stayed at many of Japan's finest luxury ryokans, and Wanosato is up there with the best. It's not an apples-to-apples comparison, mind you. Takayama means "tall mountain" in Japanese, which means its forte is vegetables, the local Hida Beef (which is amazing), and two river fish - Ayu and Iwana. Most other seafood comes from outside of the region, meaning it's not going to compete with places along the coast. However, the dining experience at Wanosato is not to be missed. Not only do they do a great job with the bountiful local produce, they are creative in the cuisine as well as the presentation of it. For example, Sukiyaki is one of the best methods to bring out the best umami flavoring of the best beef. Not only was the Hida Beef sukiyaki here fabulous, we've never had a sukiyaki-dash-broth/sauce so uniquely flavorful. Another example was tofu with foie gras. Yes, you read right. But let me tell you, it was phenomenal. The overall quality of the dining experience was far superior to the equally-renowned Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan, which was good but not particularly memorable. Two things worth mentioning. First - previous posters had pointed out that WiFi was only available in the common areas (and not in the rooms.) We had WiFi in our Garyu Villa and it was lighting fast. Perhaps it's a recent technological addition to the property? In any case, I was ecstatic to not be completely shut off from the rest of the world during our stay. Secondly - and this may or may not be important to you - the in-room bath is not onsen (hot springs.) Nor is it of the outdoor, open-air variety. You'll need to get your onsen fix by making the short trek to Wanosato's communal baths. If you're rushing through Takayama for a day or two to explore the old district and also don't have a car, then you might be best served staying somewhere closer to the city center. But you will not get the awesome ryokan experience that Wanosato has to offer. It's definitely a highlight in and of itself.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Myluggageintheworld wrote a review Dec 2019
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A sublime experience. Welcome, smiles, hospitality, historicality, tradition and much more. Beautiful the internal onsen and perfect in estethics and in the taste all Kaiseki dinner dishes (thanks to Chef Tomokazu Kakuda). Thanks to everyone, from the owner who has entertaint us near the fire and thanks to all the employees, in particular to Mokoko that guided us trought all the dinner (forgive us if we didn't understand correctly your name). どうもありがとうございます !!!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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lolly616 wrote a review Dec 2019
Corona del Mar, California87 contributions46 helpful votes
What a unique experience ! My wife and I spent two days at Wanosato towards the end of our trip. The experience was not only unique but very authentic. The setting was ideal, rustic and serene. The rooms were large, clean, well appointed with splendid views of the river. The staff was amazing, there was nothing they couldn't do for you. They were very helpful and they modified our meals to meet certain dietary restrictions. The food was fabulous ! The Onsen's were clean, well appointed, quiet and very peaceful. We loved the staff. Highly recommended !
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Janie wrote a review Dec 2019
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Absolutely one of the best experiences we've ever had. We stayed in the Kariyasu Villa overlooking the stream at the end of the property. The breakfast and dinner were astonishingly unbelievable. All of the dishes were of local specialties or Japanese: river fishes, sashimi, Hida beef, and so on. So if you're not open to fully experience Japanese cuisine, then try more westernized hotels and don't go to a traditional ryokan. The quality is beyond or like any Michelin starred restaurant we've been to and the quantity: come hungry! We were served by the kindest and warmest people. Sure, the English is more simplified, but we're in Japan! If you want fluent English, probably best not to go to other countries other than US or UK. Also, it's the twentieth century: Google Translate! We stayed 4 days/3 nights and enjoyed the onsen every night and day ... at our last day we even went twice! They switch the female and male onsens in the morning & evening. We were by ourselves for the most part and preferred the room with rock tubs. The evenings around the fire with hot sake was truly magical. The room does get smokey, but if you listened/learned a little about ryokans and traditional Japanese homes, it's to keep the building from rotting and repels the insects. In all, we're already talking about when we can again treat ourselves to go back!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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LorLove wrote a review Nov 2019
Exeter, United Kingdom18 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed 2 nights in a suite of rooms overlooking the stream. It was great and lived up to the reviews I had read. The food was exceptional and although the traditional breakfast is unusual for a Western guest, it was beautiful served and so fresh. The evening meals were exquisite in how they were served and tasted amazing. The staff were lovely and although basic English, so polite and helpful. Don’t miss the evening magic show although he’s not in the Magic Circle but makes up for laughter & shows how he does it. Constantly filling up your bamboo cup with warm smooth Sake. So worth the inconvenience of getting an early morning taxi to station. Would definitely recommend it as as lovely experience in a Ryokan. My husband used the onsen but I preferred using our large wooden bath.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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$471 - $780 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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JapanChubuTokaiGifu PrefectureTakayamaHidatakayama Onsen
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