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Reviewed March 27, 2019

Sumiyoshi Ryokan - easy 15 minute walk from the train station. Stop at tourist information office just outside the station. They can give you a map and directions. Easy to find and located just across the bridge from the historic district and the Miyagawa Morning Market. Excellent location. Hosts are very nice - limited English, but you can communicate easily. We had a room with three sections on the second floor. Other rooms are smaller but have nice porches. Onsen is excellent - can be locked for privacy. Breakfast can be either continental or Japanese - both are good. Dinner also an option, but we didn't eat dinner there. Highly recommended for a ryokan experience.

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Date of stay: March 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank David R
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Reviewed March 22, 2019 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights as part of our honeymoon trip. The ryokan is a wonderful mix of tradition and modern conveniences. Tatami mat floors, futon beds, rice paper walls make up the rooms, with an abundance of vintage and antique decor, but there is air con and heating, fridges, tv, wifi and a modern bathroom.

The staff are incredible, warm, friendly, accommodating and ensure you have a great stay.

Having the included breakfast and dinners is a MUST. They are traditional, delicious, filling, and give you a great cultural experience.

A great place to stay and explore Takayama and the surrounding region! We wish we stayed longer!

Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank 336kiers
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Reviewed January 31, 2019

Our travel agent booked 2 nights for us at this 'traditional Japanese inn' ryokan in Nov 2018 which included breakfast and dinner. The overall experience was extremely memorable and authentic and was made extra special by the personable staff and the on-site private on-sen. For some, it may be a touch rough around the edges. Read on to read about our experience. If you found this review helpful or informational in any way, please click the thank button. Thank you.

CONVENIENT LOCATION
-Located within approx 15 min walk from the Takayama station. We wheeled our carry-on size luggage from the station to the ryokan. I recommend carry-on size luggage only if touring Japan -- pack light! The inn is also located near the morning market, shops and restaurants. We thought Takayama was a charming town.

CHARMING HOSTS
-We arrived late in the afternoon and were greeted by the sweet, friendly, albeit elderly Japanese man and woman who speak limited Engrish, but that's part of the fun and charm. They manage to communicate!

-The woman showed us around the ryokan, including the onsen area which is in a community (shared) part of the ryokan (i.e. not part of your room), but is private when you're using it. It's on a first-come-first-served basis and you lock the door.

-Upon arrival, we were served matcha tea -- a welcome drink for weary travelers!

A LOT OF FOOD!
-We had a meal plan included where we were served traditional Japanese food for dinner and breakfast. (Although we were offered a 'Continental' style breakfast as an option which I took one morning). The food keeps coming and coming and was really too much -- unfortunately we probably wasted about half of it. The food was good however and was an excellent way to force yourself to try traditional Japanese food. The woman shows you how to cook it in the hotpot and how to eat it. If we did it again, we would have opted out of the meals on the second day and eaten in town for variety.

ON-SITE AMENITIES INCLUDED
-They provide yukata -- a type of Japanese robe -- in the room which you can wear throughout the ryokan. The woman showed us how to tie it as we had it all wrong! They were very clean and really added to the authentic experience.

-The on-site onsens (Japanese mineral spas) are a nice touch. (There are two). It wasn't really how I imagined (More 'tiled hot tub' than 'outdoor dreamy rustic'!), but it was a nice touch for our tired traveler muscles. There are instructions on the wall of what to do and what not to do. It's a communally shared onsen, but it's private while you're in there. (i.e. you lock the door). First you shower off and then step into the hot bath/hot tub. You really only need 5-10 mins in the hot bath. Then you dry off and put your yukata back on and walk back to your room. There are also sinks in the onsen area where you can brush your teeth, etc. I think this is for guests that don't have an ensuite as part of their room.

-Amenities are provided such as toothbrushes, combs, hairbrushes, towels, shampoo, shower gel, conditioner, hairdryer, in-room robes, in-room mini fridge, in-room small TV, phone, heater.

-Cloth slippers in sizes S/M/L are provided while in the ryokan -- you leave your outdoor shoes at the door near the lobby. Slippers look like they are used over and over, so I kept my socks on. ;)

AN AUTHENTIC, RELAXING EXPERIENCE
-During the day, we had a low table in our room which was used for eating/drinking. In the evening, the staff came in, removed the table and laid down a mattress on the tatami mats (futon style on the floor) and made it up with sheets, pillows and blankets that they store in a cupboard in the room. I will say the blankets looked a bit grubby around the edges.

-Very quiet! Everyone talks in hushed voices and slides their door to their room quietly.

-We had a nice view of the tree-lined river and bridge from our room which you could sit and look out on, sipping a drink from the table and chairs provided.

-I mentioned that the experience could be a little rough-around-the-edges for some. Remember that this isn't a modern, sparkling hotel with young peppy English-speaking staff (see my photos for some cleanliness issues/rustic-ness) but it WILL BE a charming experience you'll likely remember forever.

If you found this review helpful or informational in any way, please click the thank button. Happy travels.
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Date of stay: November 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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7  Thank dwfr
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Reviewed December 25, 2018 via mobile

HIGHLY recommend. Authentic ryokan feel without going too outside your comfort zone. Good amount of English.. at least enough to get by. The level of service is outstanding, setting up our room for various times (dinner, bed, breakfast). Even requests above and beyond, such as our laundry one afternoon. Definitely worth a stay and definitely worth a meal. Say hi to the stray cat (“mi”) in the neighborhood for me!

Date of stay: December 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank Daniel_S_Bridges
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Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

Tour agent Inside Japan booked this for us 2 nights including one dinner.

The proprietress has limited English but we were able to understand the intent.

The rooms have individual split ductless heater units. (Gets cold without it!).

Highlight of our trip. We tried the Japanese style breakfast and Western breakfast and much preferred the Japanese style. I still dream of the miso cooked over the magnolia leaf...

The included dinner was fantastic; a lot of raw items (we don't do raw)... thankfully one dish was a hot pot so we made our own stew.

15 minutes walk from the train station and centrally located in town.

The hot bath can be locked for family use.

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
1  Thank Tardykat
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