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“Excellent local experience”
Review of Oyado Yoshinoya

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Oyado Yoshinoya
Ranked #4 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in Takayama
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Singapore, Singapore
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28 reviews
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“Excellent local experience”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

We chose this minshuku over the others because it seem to offer a more authentic local feel...and we were spot on.

The place is managed mainly by an elderly couple who speaks very little English. That said, we still managed to get directions to restaurants and tell them about our day (with lots of hand signs) even though we don't understand Japanese language. They made us feel very welcome and it felt like a home to us. The place is clean and well maintained. They have a lovely indoor hot spring bath that can be locked for private use.

We got a large room facing the road but the noise didn't bother us since Takayama is a relatively quiet town. The mattress is rather thin and the pillows quite flat so one might get backache if you're not used to sleeping on tatami floor. Perhaps you can ask for more mattresses and pillows if required.

Breakfast and dinner were excellent, both include Hida beef and dinner came with many courses plus a sashimi dish. In the evening, we see a baby and a young child with them...probably their grandchildren but they were not noisy during the 3 nights we were there.

The minshuku is about 15 mins walk from Takayama station with the morning market and old town street about midway. Overall a wonderful experience and we will still choose stay with them if we visit Takayama again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at this ryokan in April, it was unusually cold and we experienced typhoon like rain as well as snow during our 3 day stay! They were so friendly and helpful we couldn't have asked for more really - for example, on the day of the torrential rain there was nothing much we could do so I asked if there was an onsen nearby. They arranged pick up for us and even had the heater on in our room when we got back, knowing what time we were due!
The food was delicious too,I would definitely recommend eating in one night, breakfast was lovely too although it could be a bit of a culture shock if you've never had traditional Japanese breakfast before.

Overall we really liked this traditional (and very clean) ryokan, the bath is an added bonus to relax after walking around the beautiful town!

  • Stayed April 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Staying in Oyado Yoshinoya has been a beautiful experience.
We were warmly welcomed by the family who own and run this ryokan, and although they speak really very little english, we felt so warmly welcomed and felt like we were coming "home". What a lovely way to feel about a place!

Our room was immaculate, with tatami mats and futons which were really comfortable. There were spare blankets and pillows in the room, but we were very warm. We were given towels and a kimono, and the owner came up to our room and showed us through the times for the onsen, breakfast, dinner times etc. We were also given an english walking map of Takayama which was very useful.

Our room was made up daily, we could have hot green tea in our room, a little treat was left for us each morning, and it just felt really beautiful.

There is wi-fi, a heater/air con and TV in the room.

We did not eat dinner here, but we ate breakfast each morning and it was an absolute pleasure, and a really really big beautiful meal! We enjoyed a large variety of delicate foods, and cooked our hida beef on the little burner. Breakfast was 1000 yen, absolutely worth it!

The location is fantastic, with the main street at your doorstep, the morning markets minutes away and the preserved streets just around the corner. Its also a 15 minute walk to the train station, or if you have alot of luggage, 650 yen in a taxi.

It felt authentic and homely and I am definately coming back to Takayama and staying here again

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Broome, Australia
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Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at Oyado Yoshinoya for four nights on our three week holiday to Japan. We had only planned on staying two nights but upon arriving in Takayama and seeing what a delight this accommodation was, we immediately doubled the length of our stay.

The guesthouse owners were welcoming, warm and incredibly hospitable- even presenting us with a gift on our first night because we were on our honeymoon. All of the others guests during our stay were from Japan, mostly from Nagoya, and were equally as warm and welcoming as the guesthouse onwers themselves. With the help of google translater, we even spent one evening eating and then chatting with a family of four who were visiting Takayama for the long weekend from Nagoya.

Our room was very spacious, by Japanese and Western standards, and was cleaned daily with fresh towels and robes put out each day and the indoor onsen was a lovely way to end each day.

We had meals for two of the four days and these were delicious and a much more affordable way to enjoy local Hida beef than the alternative of going to a restaurant. We experienced some confusion around how to tackle the many dishes presented to us at breakfast but were gently shown how to heat and eat the various foods on offer.

All in all it was an absolute pleasure to be welcomed into this cosy guesthouse.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

staying at a Ryokan is an experience not to miss if you are travelling in Japan for the first time.
very nice owner, very helpful and the breakfast included was amazing.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Santa Cruz, California
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2012

We were in Japan in February so it was literally freezing, with snow falling and wind. Like other reviewers have said, the Inn is a 15 minute walk from the train station. That was the only Con for me. It was not a difficult walk but it was cold and our bags were not cooperating. I wish that they picked us up.

Other than that, the Inn and owners were wonderful. As is typical in Japan, nobody spoke English but they tried very hard to communicate with us. Our room was spacious and warm with incredibly cozy and soft comforters/blankets to dive into when coming out of the cold. The heating system worked well. We had a room off of the main street so it was quiet. Wi Fi worked well for our Iphones and they also have a computer that you can use in the common area.

There is a private onsen that was awesome for us. Other than providing warmth after a long day wandering around in the snow, the water felt wonderful-so relaxing. If you want to go to a public onsen in the area, the Green hotel has one-it looks nice from the outside. I was not allowed in because I have tattoos. F.Y.I- you cannot go into public onsens if you have tattoos in Japan.

The Inn is located in the middle of everything so you can walk around and enjoy this adorable town. We did not eat at the Inn so I cannot comment on the food but it sure smelled great.

I want to mention that there were children there, running around, playing. They may live there...I do not know for sure (language barrier prevented me from finding out). So, you might have to be okay with kids playing around you, particularly in the morning. It was fine for us. We were not bothered by it. But if you are sensitive to that, you should probably not stay in a minkushu-a family home.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

We stayed at Oyado Yoshinoya for 3 nights in Nov 2011. The family is very nice. The father didn't speak English but we managed to communicate with my little Japanese, he gave us a map. We arrived at lunch time and were very hungry, he showed us a soba shop and we had the best soba and tempura ever! We can never find that high quality of soba anywhere else. The food served at the minshuku was great and the family bath was very clean and very relaxing. Everyone in the family was friendly and helpful. Only one minus point is that sure room face the main road, we can here traffic at night. Next time we'll request a room in the back.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Oyado Yoshinoya
Address: 2-89 Babamachi, Takayama 506-0838, Gifu Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Gifu Prefecture > Takayama > Takayama Station , Hidatakayama Onsen
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Ranked #4 of 96 B&Bs / Inns in Takayama
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Number of rooms: 7
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