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“Simple inn with limited facilities but great dinners”
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Sosuke
Ranked #8 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Takayama
Reviewed April 14, 2013

This was our first Minshuku on our trip so the small rooms and limited facilities did not rate as highly as the Ryokans we had stayed in. Sleep quality was not great as there is noise from other guests moving around and the road outside. The rooms were clean and comfortable and all the facilities shared - there are two private shower cubicles if you don't want to use the onsen. The dinners were fantastic but breakfast not up to much.
It's easy to find - right out of the train station and right over the railway bridge, and it's opposite the huge Takayama Green Hotel. It's about a 10 minute stroll into town.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed at Sosuke in January during a very cold winter. We had intended to stay only one night, but felt so comfortable we decided to stay another night. The hostess was so polite that she didn't let on until later that as they hadn't any other bookings for the second night, they'd intended to have a much-needed day off. Needless to say, we felt a bit guilty being the only guests. This was the first time we'd stayed in a Japanese inn with shared facilities, but it was absolutely fine. In particular I would recommend the meals, which were as good as some very expensive ryokans we'd stayed in. For such an inexpensive hotel, this has enormous charm and the warmth of the staff makes for a very enjoyable stay. I loved Takayama (although bitterly cold in January) and wouldn't hesitate to return to the Sosuke. Arigato!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

We stayed with our two kids, it's a beautiful place. Not a long walk from the JR station inside are all the comforts you'd expect from a traditional Japanese style inn. Our rooms were very clean and the staff so helpful in showing us where everything was. The onsen is small but very welcoming especially when it's cold. The meals were great, we were so full by the end, and the fireplace room next to the eating area is a great place to chill out and have a beer or sake. Having kids was no problem at all either, although the floors and walls are thin so you can hear them running around or talking loud so we had to do our best to keep them quiet for the other guests. Can totally recommend it to anyone, if we can ever go back when it's snowing we'll stay here for sure again.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank zuu2012
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Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

Irori Sosuke

This was a good value place ....quite traditional I thought. The draws both Japanese and western travelers. The age profile is older. Curfew time is 11 pm, which is perfectly ok as there is not much to do after the sun sets in this sleepy town, which is en route to shirakawa and the Japanese alps.

Dinner at Sosuke - good value for 2100 Y. Better eat here if you are staying here than at one of the over priced hida beef eateries. 

Getting there from Takayama Station - if you arrive by 6 pm, the information counter just outside the station will show you the directions on the map. In case you arrive after the information counter is closed, then the directions are as follows. Exit the station and take a right ( don't cross the road). Walk for 5 minutes till you come to a turn on the right. At this turn is a small foot massage place outside a hotel. As you turn right, you will cross a small bridge. Walk further down and cross a traffic light. Sosuke is just 50 m ahead on the right side. You will pass a Kmart to your right. 

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

This was the first Minshuku we stayed in but having stayed in a Royokan a few days before we knew what to expect. This is a lovely old building tastefully rennovated. If you feel the need to sit on chairs there are some near a traditional fire place. The dining room is arranged so you can sit on the edge of a small recess under the tables, so it's like sitting on a chair, which is much more comfortable for western visitors. Food is very good. The Owners and Staff are polite, helpful and speak a reasonable amount of English.
A 5 minute walk from the station and easy to find. On our return to the station it was raining and without being asked the owner of the hotel offered to take us free of charge back to the station.
If you are staying in Takayama and want a taste of traditional Japanese accomodation I recommend this Inn.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

After reading positive reviews from TA and travel guides, i was looking forward to my very first Minshuku experience. However, the Japanese hospitality i so adored was marred by my very short 1 night stay at Sosuke. First off, clear walking directions were not given and it didn't help that the information centre outside the train station had a sulky face manning the counter.

Upon arrival at Sosuke, the warm reception that we were expecting didn't happen. Communications were kept to the bare minimum and we were left on our own, even while dining in their hall that evening. While the 9-course dinner was not bad at all, the owners seemed to have retreated into their private space, once the dishes were laid on the table. No complaints about the facilities, like the common bathroom and traditional bath, as they were very clean.

When we checked out the next morning, hoping to leave our luggage at the reception for a few hours, we were told that it was a holiday and that they were going to close at 10am. This piece of new information needed us to debate a little and to change our plans quickly. And so, we declined the owner's initial offer of sending us to the train station to leave our luggage at the lockers and instead, to bring forward our departure time, since it was a rainy day anyway. When we updated her that we will instead visit the morning market and return to collect our luggage before 10am, she appeared to be confused and if i may speculate, a little unhappy. This was inferred by her mutterings in Japanese (and i happen to understand a smattering). So off we went to the market, wondering why she reacted in that manner. We arrived back just before 10am and to our surprise, the lights and counter were shut and our bags were left right at the doorstep. I have never felt so unwelcome to the point of being shooed off before. That last incident took the cake and needless to say, i won't be back.

Takayama is a lovely town, a pity about its people.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

At Minshuku Susoke Guest House you’ll receive a warm welcome from the friendly owners. A Minshuku is a traditional Japanese inn – a bit down from a Ryokan – where guest accommodation is both living and bed room. This one is 170 years old (but it has been renovated since!). It’s “shoes off” in these inns and they are exchanged for slippers that steadfastly refused to stay on. The floor of our room was covered with tatami mats so no footwear, even slippers, is allowed on them. One wall of the room has 2 large cupboards containing robes, topcoats, belts and bedding. Futons of sheeted mattress and eider down are brought out by the guest at sleep time and put away in the morning. A third cupboard has minimal hanging space while below it, at floor level, was an incongruous TV set! The only furniture in the room was a low table and floor cushions to sit round it. En suite doesn’t apply here. There are 2 bathrooms (separately communal for men and women) where you can shower and soak in warm water, separate toilets, wash basin areas and 2 showers. Here I record that there are no hooks or hangers in the toilets, bathrooms or showers. You realise how useful these objects are when you can't put things anywhere other than on the floor. If you can cope with sleeping on the floor then it’s comfortable enough - but it was warm under the eiderdown and I was fairly stiff in the morning (I’ll put it down to my age!!).
The food was very good indeed. No choice Dinner is served to all residents at a set time of 6.30 prompt! Ours consisted of cold dishes like sashimi and various pickles and sauces. With them came the hot items - Miso soup, foil wrapped parcels of hot salmon and chicken cooked in their juices, soba noodles, rice, fried tofu and a covered dish on a burner cooking Hida beef and mushrooms. The quality was excellent but the meals have to be consumed fairly quickly because it all comes to the table together and a degree of speed eating is required to get through the hot dishes before they cool. Breakfast can be Western or Japanese and we chose the former - thick toast with butter, jam, tea and coffee. A boiled egg on the first morning was easy but next day we moved up a notch - try eating a fried egg with a butter knife and a teaspoon! You sit almost at ground level, at a low table with a foot-well under it. The logistics of getting in and out are interesting!
Despite wondering whether my back would stand up to a life crawling about the floor, I wouldn’t have missed the Minshuku experience for the world and recommend that you try it.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1-64 Okamotocho, Takayama 506-0054, Gifu Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Gifu Prefecture > Takayama
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Ranked #8 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Takayama
Price Range: $109 - $144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sosuke 2.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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