I am a travel professional specializing in Japan and was on a hotel inspection trip the fall. Tanabe Ryokan is very well-located (an easy walk, even with luggage, from the train station) and the proprietress is lovely. She was so very helpful and her command of English was quite good by Japanese ryokan standards. I often stay at and recommend very high end hotels and ryokans, so in that sense this ryokan is more moderate than others where I have stayed. The rooms are clean and spacious, however, and the public rooms are quite nice. Note that it is located in the city, so there are no gardens or onsen baths as might be found in those ryokans located outside of town. In this case, you are paying for access. We found the food delightful and abundant, although there is no choice for a western breakfast, so if fish for dinner isn't your thing, pick up some yogurt or pastries the night before at the convenience store two doors down. Also, unlike some of the more deluxe ryokans, the kaiseki was delivered in one serving, rather than having all courses served and cleared separately. We were in an upstairs room that was about a 12-tatami room with two sections and a private toilet/shower. For a bath it was necessary to use the public (gender-separate) bath. There was also a veranda area with chairs, something that I think is important for western travelers who are not accustomed to sitting on the floor for hours on end. It's a great place for families but if I were on a romantic getaway or a honeymoon, I'd splurge for a higher end ryokan in another town as Takayama does not have one comparable to some other destinations in Japan. The only real caveat -- if bathrooms are very important to you, I'd suggest chosing a western style hotel. The shower here was a little funky for my tastes - but I am very picky.
Note: three star rating is based on standard 5 star in the travel industry - e.g. Four Seasons Marunouchi in Tokyo is a 5 star!!
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