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Oyado Yamakyu
Ranked #2 of 175 Hotels / Ryokan in Takayama
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

After staying in a traditional ryokan in Kyoto and modern hotel in Tokyo, my wife and I really enjoyed this funky Japanese hotel. The dinner and breakfast (highly recommend including) made up for what the hotel lacked in luxury. It was also fun using the traditional bathing areas, too bad that they were not private as my wife and I had to split up when using them.

The rooms were not the most comfortable but they quickly gave us an extra futon cushion after we requested which made the sleeping more comfortable. They also recently allowed paying with Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard) which was helpful - many places in Takayama only take cash and finding and international ATM in the city is not easy (we had to go to the post office).

We did a day trip to Furukawa and did the bicycle tour their - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

I had a lovely time at this ryokan. I had stayed in two other ryokans during my trip to japan somehow i liked this a lot. Clean rooms, smiling helpful staff, but the best of all was the meals.
We are vegetarians and its quite difficult to find a fully vegetarian spread in ryokans in Japan.
I was apprehensive wondering about the meal i would be given but it was very tasty and lovely.
There is a station pickup and drop , some of the staff can converse in english and help you with ideas regarding places to see. They have a good internet connection and surprise !! an enlish channel on tv :)

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

We spent 3 most enjoyable nights at Yamakyu and would rank it very highly. We were upgraded to an 8 tatami mat room with private toilet and washbasin and the staff obliged with very comfortable double thickness futons. The food was excellent, dinner was huge (don't eat during the day!). We were accommodated with early breakfast on a couple of mornings.
Although a comfortable walk from the station, we were met on arrival and transported back on departure. The ryokan is located on a picturesque spot near a temple at the foot of the Higashyamas and a short walk from the historical area. It has a very nice courtyard garden.

Yamakyu has more guest rooms than other ryokans we have experienced, but manages to retain the intimate and friendly feel one expects at a ryokan. Be sure you experience the outdoor onsens,they are both fantastic! Staff are very friendly and helpful and we felt very much at home.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

We stayed at this Ryokan for 2 nights and it was certainly one of our favorite places to stay in Japan. The workers are very friendly and hospitable, and their english is pretty good. They came to pick us up from the train station (and also offered to drive our suitcases to the train station upon leaving so that we could spend the morning walking around town without worrying about them). The workers keep the place quite clean and they do up your mattresses for you at night and put them away to set up a tea table during the day. The food though was AMAZING and was some of the best food we had on the trip. We opted for both breakfast and dinner for both days. Dinner consists of about 10 small dishes (but they weren't even that small!) which includes things like sashimi, soba noodles, hoba miso (SOOO yummy), tonkatsu, a soup that cooks on a burner with some mushrooms/raw beef/ onions etc...., mountain veggies, rice, little appetizers, dessert. And, both nights there was different foods! Morning breakfasts were also hearty with about 7 dishes, a bit lighter fare but gave us plenty of energy for our sightseeing throughout the day :) We hardly had much to eat for lunch because of the wonderful meals they prepped at Yamakyu. Certainly recommend!!!! Value is very good too. My husband was a bit skeptical about the public bathhouse, but in the end he was ok with it and glad he got that experience! The bathhouses were very clean and if you went close to closing there usually wasn't really anyone there.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights and this is the best place i stayed during my 2 weeks hols in Japan. This place has its own character, a charming traditional ryokan, which is tourist friendly.
Friendly and helpful staff, very courteous. Nice japanese food served for dinner and the portion is huge !!! I was surprise to see croissant served together in a japanese breakfast set. Free coffee is available in the lounge from 0700 every morning. There is an english newspaper too.
Room is fairly big and enough space for 2. Futon is comfortable. I slept very well here.
The common bathroom is very clean and i especially love the outdoor tub. Very nice indeed.
It snow during my stay here ( early april 2012 ), which make it a wonderful experience......
Its a wonderful experience staying here. Love this place !!!

Room Tip: Book early especially for weekend.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

Well, here is where I will disagree with the general tone of reviews for this ryokan. It is small, friendly, and the location is very good. There is, however, a level of hype and raised expectations that lead one to expect more than the owners deliver. The local mothers who make the meals? Okay, but, really, the cooking is what one would get pretty much anywhere in Japan. It's a nice marketing thing, that's all. The public bath is really disappointing. When I used it I was the only one there, which was kind of odd. Was it me or did the bath just simply not appeal? Overall, the place needs a bit of refurbishing: doors with chipped finish, window screens with broken trim, that sort of thing that one unfortunately notices and which detract. I will say the staff was helpful. Not always promptly so, but helpful. Perhaps the selling point is the location. That works out well. The walk from the train station is a long slog.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Hans50
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

I am stay 1 night here and feel very happy with the welcome and the dinner especially beef
Room also night , over all place is so good, they do have service to pick up from Takayama Train Station which is good option due to i just realize that if i have to walk with by bag it will be a bit far

Hotel also have a map in my country language [ Thailand ] which is very surprise for me :) meaning that there a much more thai people come and visit this Ryokan [ Which is they do the right decision ]
i also like to outdoor onsen here , it's very impressive for me

Thanks again thanks you and i wish if i return to Takayama i will stay here again

Room Tip: every room should be ok
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 58 Tenshojimachi, Takayama 506-0832, Gifu Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Gifu Prefecture > Takayama
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Takayama
#6 Best Value Hotel in Takayama
Price Range: $126 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Oyado Yamakyu 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 5mins from Takayama old Private houses,10mins from the morning market on foot. You can enjoy the best location for sightseeing in all seasons. We hope to offer you our heartful hospitality in historical Hida Takayama. You can use the parking lot before check-in and after check-out for free. It takes 5 minutes by car or 20 minutes on foot from Takayama station. We can also pick you up at Takayama station. If you need this service, please let us know what your arrival time is the day before. We have English and Chinese speaking staff members. ... more   less 
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