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Hodakaso Yamanoiori
Ranked #32 of 174 Hotels / Ryokan in Takayama
Traralgon, Australia
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“VERY TRADITIONAL RYOKAN”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

We had two nights here and were quite happy. Nice and handy to the station which is a big bonus when you are walking through the snow which by the way we loved. The front entry covered in a fresh layer of snow looked so good and welcoming. The staff at reception were ok but seemed a bit stressed especially when a very rude tour guide arrived just after us and demanded their full attention. The room was neat and tidy and functional and we enjoyed the baths each morning and night of our stay. We had breakfast there each morning which was Japanese and very nice and served by nice friendly ladies in traditional garb. We never had dinner there which you had to book for and we noticed it was very busy each night. We found a great restaurant nearby called Marasaki which was excellent and we ate there both nights.
We enjoyed our stay at this very traditional Ryokan and would stay there again when visiting the very interesting town of Takayama.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

Its hard to find initially tucked down a small street but only 5 minutes walk from the station. Like any typical Japanese guesthouse you have to take off your shoes at the lobby entrance and put on a pair of slippers. Management dont speak English but get by with a series of prompt cards in English which is a good idea. Our room was typical Japanese-- twin beds on the floor but these were not futons almost a cross between Japanese and Western. Reasonably comfortable. You get 2 pillows, one very hard and the other very soft. If you are tall , anything over 5 foot 9 in the old language then watch out you dont take the top of your head off with the low ceiling panels. Bathroom is OK. You get a fridge and a small TV which is no good if you dont speak Japanese. One big disappointment for us was no kettle. You get a thermos / urn of hot water, it keeps hot for a while but when empty or cools off you have to go downstairs to the kitchen and get it refilled. The place is very noisy. The downstairs eating room doubles as a restaurant for the locals and is busy, noisy and smoky. We requested a no smoking room which we got but cooking odours and cigarette smoke vents upstairs to the accomodation area. Very unpleasant.
The place as a whole is old and somewhat rundown. It resembles more of a backpackers than a viable hotel option. You should look for other options in town. It wasnt cheap at 9500 Y / night and thats with no meals included. My wife and I are not overly fussy but we thought the place was very ordinary. We would not stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

I left my suitcase at the lobby since the check in was strictly 4pm. The only strange thing occurred to me was my arrival was pretty early at 11am but i found no one willing to attend to me as i called up the staffs and knocked on the reception desk upon arrival. I speak Japanese so i thought i could receive a more warm reception as i saw from others' postings here the staffs were mostly elderly and speak very little English. No one was manning the counter when i arrived but after 10min feeling bewildered, a big mid age woman came and quickly do the neccessary.
Location wise was very convenient since it is just 200m or less from the Takayama train station. Turn left as you exit the station till you reach a traffic light. Cross the road and head right immediately. Walk about 100m you will see a signage West Kokubun at another traffic light in front of you. Turn left and walk another 50-60m. The ryokan is on your left.
Room was basic but warm on an extremely cold Takayama winter. It was below freezing point outside but the heater was really warm inside the room. There is a small little garden in the middle of the room providing great views. Nice complimentary snacks and tea provided for guests.
Had a great stay in Hodakasoyamaori

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Melbourne
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We love our stay at Hodakaso!

Great location - about 5-8 minutes walk from Takayama Station, tucked away in a small street.

Great service - smiles all around, even though they speak little English it didn't matter. Very kind and showed us to our room.

Great ryokan - the lobby is nice and neat with some spaces to sit, there is a small area where you can sit and chill, there is a restaurant for the dinner/breakfast package, and of course the public bath for men & women separated. A great place.

AWESOME room - our room was huge compared to all the other Japanese hotels (but this is a ryokan, so of course), there is a little area where you can sit (2 people) with hot water, green tea and snacks prepared, overlooking a very nice little Japanese garden, our own private one too! It was snowing that day, so just sitting and watching the snowfall was... beautiful. The bathroom has a small but deep bath tub that you can make into your own little "onsen". We love the room, love the yukata provided, and it was winter but we were warm enough with the heating and AC (but yes, the rest of the room gets really cold, only the sleeping area will be warm).

Reasonable price - we chose a room with our own private bath and toilet, and chose to include the breakfast option. We paid about AU$120 per room for the night. Considering the full Japanese breakfast treat and the size of the room and location of the place, I'd say that's a very reasonable price indeed. Our most expensive stay in Japan, but worth every penny!

Mind you, it is our first ryokan experience, but I would definitely return if we do visit Takayama again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pully, Switzerland
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stayed one night at the ryokan Hodakaso Yamanoiori, and we had a contrasted experience. It was nice to stay in a place with a local Japanese touch, and location and service were quite good. However we cannot help but mention that the room was only partially heated (in particular, in our room, the bathroom and shower were not) and with the cold temperatures we experienced, it was a bit of a pain! On the other hand, we can imagine that in spring and fall, this part of the room, which opens on a small indoor patio, must be really nice.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Location: Fantastic location. It's only a 5 - 8 mins walking distance from Takayama station. The Nohi bus terminal to Shirakawago and Kanazawa is just beside the Takayama station. It is located in the centre of Takayama, you can walk to most major tourist spots easily.

Room: I choose a Japanese futon bedroom. It's big. The toilet and bathroom is separated from the bedroom and because of this, the air from the heater (in the bedroom) cannot reach another side. This makes the toilet and bathroom very cold.

Staff: Most of them are at least 40 or maybe 50 years old. They can only speak minimal English. I asked the pocket wifi company to send the device to Hodakaso as I had no time to collect it from airport. I wrote a few emails (Japanese and English) to Hodakaso and no reply from them at all. End up I asked booking.com to pass my message to them.

Dining: We opt for half board option. We love the dinner and traditional japanese breakfast so much. It's delicious.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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31 reviews
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Hodakaso Yamano Iori was a lovely place to stay in Takayama. It was only a short walk from the train station. The ladies at the front desk were kind and helpful. It helped I can speak Japanese, but the group we travelled with (9 others) had no issues getting by.

We had an couple travelling with us who had hip problems so getting up from a futon would have been a challenge, so I had booked the western bedding - low style western beds which were manageable, but still quite low. All of our guests were happy with their rooms. Each room has a different layout and slightly different sizes. Some had a separate sitting area with tables and chairs whereas others had a table and floor chairs within the room its self, making the room less spacious.

The bathrooms were a little dated as some previous reviews mentioned, but still functional and clean. Some rooms do not have a bath/shower so the public bath must be used instead. The showers in the public bath a very close to one another so it is very intimate if there are a lot of people but the times I went in I was alone. Take your towel from your room.

The breakfast was delicious, hot miso soup, rice, meat and a few other things. There was also a western choice with salad, egg, soup, and other bits and pieces. So more of a Western style Japanese meal rather than your typical Western meal.

The labelled shoe spots and names on the front board were a nice touch which made everyone feel welcome. All of the people I travelled with thoroughly enjoyed their first experience in a Japanese Ryokan here. No one wanted to move on!!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Hodakaso Yamanoiori
Address: 1-58 Hatsudamachi, Takayama 506-0008, Gifu Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Gifu Prefecture > Takayama
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#10 Luxury Hotel in Takayama
#14 Best Value Hotel in Takayama
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hodakaso Yamanoiori 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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