This was our second trip to Takayama. The first time we went we stayed at a lovely high-end ryokan, as it was for a birthday! But this time we wanted to do it more on a budget! As an area, Takayama can be very expensive, so we were very happy when we found Hotel Hana.
It is in the centre of Takayama, but it's a little tricky to find, and we got a little lost at first! (The same thing happened to us last time we visited too! Small Japanese streets can be difficult to navigate!)
The room was very clean, comfortable, and a decent size considering the price! However, if you have a lot of luggage, it may be a bit tight. (We only had backpacks so no problem!) The staff were friendly and helpful. The spoke a little English, but they're not fluent, so go slow if you don't speak Japanese!
The buffet style breakfast was a good set-up for the day, which for us involved a lot of walking!
The only problem we had was that the area for eating breakfast was rather cold. However, this was because a very large tour group was preparing to leave, and so the automatic entrance doors were almost continuously open, letting in the cold air. I think we were just unlucky with the timing there!
If you're only planning a short stay (one or two nights) and don't want to spend too much money in a rather pricey area, then this is the hotel for you!
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- Also Known As:
- Hana Hotel Takayama