We stayed at Tanabe for two nights during our three week trip around Japan in 2007. We stayed in a number of ryokans and minshukus during our trip but this became our favorite. It is quite oldfashioned and a little bit worn around the edges but what really makes this place is the staff. The sheer enthusiasm and friendliness of everyone is just wonderful. And the handwritten postcard that waited for us when we returned home was really sweet and made us wish we were back! The location is also perfect with everything within walking distance. The wash rooms were great, the ladies was a huge wooden pool while the gents had a rock pool. Apparently they swap sometimes so that the ladies get the rockpool and the gents the wooden pool. So check the sign on the door first! We also had our own ensuite bathroom but never used it because the downstairs was so nice.
The food in this ryokan is excellent, and include regional specialities such as hida beef and hoba miso. The second evening we went to a shabu shabu restaurant around the corner and had more delicious hida beef. All in all this is a lovely ryokan and we would definitely stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Tanabe Ryokan Hotel Takayama