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Ryokan Tanabe
Ranked #5 of 187 Hotels / Ryokan in Takayama
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Reviewed April 7, 2008

After spying my original booking, which was dull and uninspiring, i traipsed around town checking other hotels. I chose this Ryokan. The staff are cheery and speak ok English (by which i mean the female owner and her daughter). The dinner is served in one's room, which is very relaxing after spending time in the onsen at the ryokan. The price also includes breakfast (as well as the dinner) and there is a choice of Japanese or western breakfast.

The reviewer of 2006 who stated that this ryokan was an "expensive cheat for foreigners" must have been staying at a different place as far as i was concerned. I travel a lot (on business and pleasure) and am (i am embarrassed to say) not always easy to please, but this place was certainly clean and not worn around the edges. It was was decorated with pleasant individual taste.

The ryokan is very close / next to the old town and, although it is on the high street, is quiet and i could not hear the road from my room (and i am a light sleeper).

All in all, a pretty good place to rest one's head in Takayama.

  • Stayed: April 2008
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Reviewed November 6, 2007

We stayed for two nights at Tanabe Ryokan, and it was a charming experience. The food was traditional and we were greeted by the owner and made to feel very welcome. It is a good location, although on the main road it was not at all noisy.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 22, 2007

We stayed at the Tanabe Ryokan in June 2007. It was okay. Nice central location in Takayama. The room was in okay shape -- it seemed a little worn. The "garden" was just some branches in astroturf. Bathroom in our room was serviceable. Meals were okay -- nothing spectacular, but we did get to sample some specialties of the region (hoba miso, beef sashimi, etc.).

When we were there they took reservations for the "family bath" downstairs (it sounded like there was just one Japanese bath). We had a bit of trouble getting into it (the previous reservation hadn't vacated the bath and the owners/managers had to roust him), but once we were in there, it was quite wonderful.

The owners/managers were the nicest couple. Very helpful and attentive. They offered many suggestions for places to eat and see, and even walked us over to a restaurant they recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2006

We ended up in Takayama for a few days to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.

Went to Seiryu Ryokan for the first night, was very very disappointed and luckily we found Tanabe right around the corner the next morning and we immediately moved there.

We found everything tip-top especially the Hida beef menu and the lovely ikebana arrangements.

Ms Akiko was very friendly and sweet and very helpful. She and her team really made our stay very pleasant and it is our most memorable ryokan stay in the whole of Japan.

The best part is a few weeks after arriving home to Malaysia, we got a handwritten postcard from Ms Akiko and suddenly Japan didnt seem so far away.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2006

We stayed in the Tanabe Ryokan for one night in June 2006 and it could not have been a nicer experience. Ms. Tanabe greeted us at the door and could not have made us feel more welcome. She took time to show us the high points of the town and she showed us how to experience the Japanese bath, which we had not done yet.

Our room was huge, comfortable and clean. The location terrific. We had stayed in one other ryokan where we were not especially comfortable; the Tanabe Ryokan was so much a better experience. We would like to have had one more day in Takayama. We would definitely go back to the Tanabe Ryokan.

Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed June 18, 2006

I have stayed at the Tanabe several times (first time in 2002) and have always found it to be a very enjoyable experience. I have stayed in several different rooms but have always found them to be spacious, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The meals here are sumptuous banquets with a full range of Japanese foods - sushi, tempura, soba noodles and also a course of Takayama's speciality - Hida Beef. The service is friendly and language barriers not a problem. I would say that I would prefer the futon not to be put away straight after breakfast at 8.30am but then that is only a small gripe (but I expect that is my personal desire for a lie in!).
The location in the middle of the town is also perfect for seeing all the main sights. All in all the Tanabe is a great place to stay and somewhere you can get an authentic high class ryokan experience without spending a fortune.

  • Stayed: July 2002
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Reviewed July 23, 2005

We had never stayed in a Ryokan before, and were concerned that our lack of Japanese would pose a problem. In short, we had a wonderful stay, and discovered that language barriers can be overcome with ease.

This ryokan (Japanese Inn) is near the centre of this spa town. The rooms were large, and we enjoyed the experience of sitting on the floor to eat a sumtuous evening banquet. and bathing in the ofuro (hot tub). However, the best thing about this place was Akiko - the owner, chef, receptionist etc... She is learning English and spent a great deal of time talking to us and advising us about what to see and where to go during our (short) stay in this region. She even rang up a local onsen to check opening times, and helped us to catch the appropriate bus.

If you are looking for the ryokan experience, I would definitely recommend Tanabe. We had a wonderful time, and I am sure you will, too.

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Additional Information about Ryokan Tanabe

Address: 58 Aioi-cho, Takayama 506-0014, Gifu Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Gifu Prefecture > Takayama > Hidatakayama Onsen
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Takayama
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Takayama
Price Range: $135 - $323 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ryokan Tanabe 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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