Sumiyoshi is a wonderful charming experience. The hosts have limited English but this in no way detracts from their hospitality and generosity. We booked through the Japanese Guest Houses Web site and they proved to be excellent. We had requested a River View room with private toilet and that was exactly what we got. The room was large with a private balcony and very comfortable.
The two meals we had - dinner and breakfast - were just incredible. The number of dishes and their quality and complexity was overwhelming. A Western breakfast is available but we went the local and were not disappointed. Unlike many Ryokans they remain open until 11PM so it is possible to enjoy a sumptuous meal and still go out to explore the town afterwards.
The morning market is directly opposite the inn on the riverbank, and the old preserved town streets are a 5 minute walk away. It's worth getting a taxi from the station and back, as it is within flagfall distance and they deliver you right to the door which could otherwise be tricky to find.
Although there is not a true Onsen (hot spring) there is a delightful bathroom with a huge deep hot tub that you can use privately. Highly recommended for a relatively inexpensive Ryokan experience and some of the best Japanese food around.
- 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