First of all, I must say that this was the most expensive accomodation of all our 3 week trip to Japan. We stayed here towards the end of our trip, after staying in a variation of hotels, ryokans and minshuku.
For me, the quality and taste of food is very important when travelling, as much as the comfort of my room. I like to know the country not only by seeing it but also by feeling it. And this ryokan has made it happen for me.
As for room, I would definitelly recommend the room with the private onsen. It was fantastic to be able to finally share this experience with my husband, as before we have only used the gender separated onsens. Also, the smell of the cedar bath was amazing.
The room was quite large for the standard ryokan and the little private garden by the window was a nice touch - this is only for the rooms with the private onsen.
I recommend taking dinner in the ryokan. For one, it is a pleasant experience, secondly, their Takayama-style kaiseki was among the better that I have eaten in Japan. Also, the center of Takayama has an abundance of choice for lunch but not so much for dinner, as most tourists eat in their hotels and the rest are day-trippers. They offer also western breakfast, but I would opt for the Japanese one, as you would definitelly be disappointed with the western.
The landlady was very friendly and nice and spoke relatively good English. She was also very helpful and provided us with lots of maps and information. The ryokan also lends umbrellas and has a shoe-drying machine. They also lend you the wooden shoes and they sell them. I tried to walk in them one evening and was happy as a puppy when we returned half an hour later. Needless to say, I didn't buy them, but it was nice they let me walk in them.
At the end, the bill was prepared swiftly, the taxi arrived immediately (not that you need it if you don't have two tons of luggage) and the landlady presented us with two little souvenir gifts - mobile phone chains!
This was my best ryokan experience in the whole Japan and if I would go back to Takayama, I would definitelly go back to this ryokan.
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- Also Known As:
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