We arrived in pouring rain and spent the afternoon with our books looking out at the rising river. The staff were charming and settled us in with tea and our new indoor clothing look of yukata.
The elderly owner is lovely, aspeaks a little English. She brought us a vast dinner in our room with all manner of delicious home cooked dishes.
After dinner was cleared away, the tatami mats and bedding were brought in .It was pretty cold but the mountain of bedding kept things cosy! A little tough on the back but that depends on what you're used to..
We booked the room with its own toilet and bath, though the bathing experience is similar .You clean yourself with the shower, sitting on a low stool, then plunge into the square bath that's filled with very hot water.
We'd never stayed in Ryokan before and it was a special experience. Recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional merchant house style Ryokan built in Taisho era. (1912)SUMIYOSHI RYOKAN located MIYAGAWA riverside and central TAKAYAMA city.Ideally located for sightseeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sumiyoshi Ryokan Hotel Takayama