I stayed in ryokans before (traditional Japanese Inn) and this one is above the standards even for a ryokan. It is within easy walking distance from the train and bus station: 5-7 min, depending how fast you walk. The train and bus station are side-by-side. The front door of the ryokan is very discreet; I walked by initially and had to walk back 2 blocks because I had not started looking for it yet after leaving the train station.
I was greeted by the owner herself. Mrs Tanabe is a charming lady and makes you feel at home. Her way to say "I was expecting you" made me feel like a guest of honor, not just a passing tourist looking for a stop on his way to another stop. She knew of tour I had booked for the next day and reminded me that my private guide would be there at 8:30 to take me for a tour in town.
The staff took me to my room where I was served hot green tea and a Japanese sweet. Dinners are served in the room and are quite filling. Breakfasts were a bit more reasonable. The staff doesn't speak much English but will easily understand you if you use your hand a little bit.
There is free Wi-fi and a computer for the guests in the lobby. No internet access in the room because it would disturb your rest.
Highly recommended if you are in this area.
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- Also Known As:
- Tanabe Ryokan Hotel Takayama