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Hidatakayama Guesthouse Tomaru
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Why isn't this place in the Lonely Planet”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed in August 2012 for four nights in a dorm room... This place is just all round amazing! The owners are a wonderfully friendly family and staying here feels like they're inviting you to be a part of that family (albeit briefly and without any of the downsides that usually insinuates). The rooms are immaculate, as are the shared bathrooms, and the rooms are designed to make it feel like your staying in a tradition Japanese house, but at about a tenth of the price anything claiming to do the same would charge. The shared area is a great place to meet other travellers and self catering facilities exist for those who want to attempt cooking Hida beef at a fraction of the price that the local restaurants charge (there's a butchers round the corner).
Wonderful place, wonderful people!

Room Tip: Didn't check out other rooms, but ours was wonderful (far back 2nd floor).
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews
Reviewed January 1, 2013

The place is great... very clean and pretty, central, everything you need. The owners are a young couple with (at the time of writing) one baby. They are incredibly friendly and welcoming, and full of useful advice regarding local sights and restaurants. It's worth every penny.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
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Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

Guesthouse Tomaru is a nice convenient place to stay in Takayama. I stayed 4 nights here and payed extra for the private room. The room was neat and tidy, and will offer you a Japanese experience with tatami floors. There are a list of things that make this place a high consideration for somewhere to stay in Takayama! Please read on:
- only a very short walk to the train and bus station!
- a coin laundry is very close by. Please note I highly recommend the top loader washing machine followed by the large dryer. Avoid the front loader because it takes too long and more expensive! You can change your notes in the drink machine outside the laundry!
- only a 30 second walk to a Family Mart convenience store.
- there is free tea and coffe, plenty of cooking utensils!
- lockers are provided for extra security
- many coffie shops and places to eat nearby
- heaters provided in the room
- a good place to meet new friends

How ever the best thing about this place is that Shingo and Madoka are very kind and genuinely interested in their guests! It showed in the way they spoke with people :) their English was great and actually a relief for any traveller who might be struggling with the Japanese language. You won't get this sort of attention at a hotel. Shingo was a great help with small things such as help with bus or train time tables and advice on local places to eat etc. There is a convenient little map in the dinning area that highlights what is of use nearby to the guesthouse such as coin laundry, caffe's etc. These things are based on my own personal experience. I was lucky enough to be there on the first Monday night of the month to enjoy a monthly dinner with some of Shingo and Madoka's local friends and neighbours who all spoke great English! It was a very nice experience! All you need to do is provide a dish and bring your own drinks. So if your looking at staying in Takayama, you can enjoy this place. Get up early and make use of the great bus service that Takayama provides to explore the surrounding areas, have a big day out then relax back at Guesthouse Tomaru :)

  • Stayed November 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

If you find a place to stay inTakayama, I really recommend Tomaru guesthouse. It's really a homey place ever although we stayed only 1 night. Shingo and Madoka are really nice and helpful. I felt like staying in a friend's house because of their hospitality. The place provides you with a warm and friendly atmosphere. I and my friends were so impressed and will definitely choose this place again if we come back to Takayama.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Launceston, Australia
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32 reviews
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Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

Good value, lovely owners with excellent English. Introduced us to single travellers, would be great way to meet others. Very comfortable room, very comfortable bedding. Highly reccomend to anyone wanting budget accommodation with friendly staff. We didnot get there until 9pm due to delayed train and the owners waited for us to arrive.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Tangerang, Indonesia
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4 reviews
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

it is sad that I just spend 1 night in this guest house, Shingo and Madoka is very friendly and casual, they are very helpful and good in english so there is no difficulties in asking the best recommended place in takayama, for 2500 yen dorm room, the place is clean and comfortable, the dorm is nice, I even get a new friends here, the place is quite tiny from the outside but cozy in the inside :)
and the last thing, the location is just perfect, only 2 min from the bus and train station, and it's not noisy at all

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Narnia
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

The couple who own and run Tomaru are perhaps the nicest, most hospitable people you could meet on your travels. They are happy, friendly and very helpful when helping you plan your stay (including great eating out tips!); and their eight-month old is just beautiful! The guesthouse itself is very clean, well maintained and has a relaxing common area if you need some time out. Just a couple of minutes walk from Takayama Station.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Hidatakayama Guesthouse Tomaru
Address: 6-5 Hanasatomachi, Takayama 506-0026, Gifu Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Gifu Prefecture > Takayama
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 27 Specialty lodging in Takayama
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hidatakayama Guesthouse Tomaru 2*
Number of rooms: 3
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