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Hida Takayama Zenkoji
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very expensive”
Reviewed June 29, 2011

The hotel fee is very expensive because the temple is old and dirty.
If the fee is 1,000 JPY, we will feel normal.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 18, 2011

The temple was recommended to us by a family member. We had a fabulous stay. Absolutely loved it. Unfortunately we could only stop for one night. Close to the station and the directions to get there were spot on. We walked from Takayama station and found the temple without any problem at all.
Room was more than we expected. Clean and big. The garden was beautiful and well maintained, we went to sleep with the tinkling of water outside, most relaxing. Yes walls are of paper and you cannot lock doors. We did not feel at all uncomfortable about this. Everything was clean, shower was good, kitchen well equipped. You can use the internet for a donation but if you have your own computer take advantage of the free WI FI. You absolutely must go down into Kaidan Meguri. Quite an experience. The main hall is beautiful and peaceful.
We found Woody very helpful in suggesting places to go to. All in all a great experience, one we would recommend to anyone and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2011

We thought that staying in a Buddhist temple would be a charming addition to our trip through Japan, but we didn't count on the paper-thin walls and lack of heat when we booked a night in March. Let's just say that we checked in, realized what we were in for, and decided to head to Takayama's local pubs to fill up (and warm up) with the local sake. You can hear every person who walks by your room; you can see your breath despite your space heater; and nothing is locked up so the whole time we were a little paranoid about our stuff.

The location is fine: Takayama is a small place and easy to get around. Things were pretty clean, the showers were the warmest part of our stay, and the futons were fairly comfortable. But we still felt deceived -- the hostel part of the temple is sort of randomly put together, the rooms are not that nice, and yet the website makes it all look rosy, probably because all of its photographs were taken in August or some other warm time.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed March 17, 2011

Really the worst hotel I have never seen in 10 years backpaking... The only good point: it is close to the train station, so you don't need to walk to much to flee!

Dirty, cold, poorly furnished, the "garden" is completely abandoned, the "responsible" of the "temple" was stinking of alcool and had a really strange behaviour for a "buddhist monk". Rooms don't have keys, so everybody can steel you. You don't get any receipt when you pay. You have to let your shoes and umbrella at the entrance, but there is a big risk to be stolen: my umbrella and the shoes of another guest "disappeared". The heating works with kerosen, so there is a terrific smell of gasoline in the rooms.

I could never see any monk praying in this temple. The only staff I have ever seen was the reponsible drinking beer and smoking in front of the "temple" door...

It is only a big tourist trap!!! You will never see any Japanese person here! The "responsible" must be a bit fussy or crazy: the walls are covered with warnings: "Bad karma to the fool who don't pay the donation for internet", "Don't do this", "Do that", etc.

This could be the slogan of that hotel: "If you are crazy, go to the Zenkoji!"

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed October 16, 2010

Zenkoji is the one of the best lodging experiences we have ever had in Japan. Our family of 4 has been to Japan over 11 times, and our stay in Takayama will be be positively remembered, due in great part to our stay at Zenkoji Temple.
Yes, it is a Hostel...
Yes, it is multi-cultural... (many nationalities present)
and Yes, the kitchen/public areas are communal...
But the staff is attentive and flexible.
And the location could not be better for exploring Takayama.
It is in a former temple... no air conditioning, or central heating, but fans & heaters are supplied as appropriate.
During your stay, you live as a local person would, and can enjoy all the benefits of the area.
Zenkoji is non-insular, and a true joy to stay at.
We will return again.
This is a true jem for a real stay in Japan... open you heart to the experience, you will not be disappointed if you do.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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Thank GregKoch
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed October 7, 2010

Although Zenkoji Temple Inn was value for money (the cheapest accomodation around, with not too bad beds and bathrooms), we did not feel comfortable the moment we stepped in. I don't know if it was to do with it being a temple or the place having lots of dark corridors, but we didn't feel right. (Just to clarify, we're Buddhists too) It's just a personal feel. However, the bathrooms and rooms are pretty clean, albeit a little old-looking. We stayed in a 3-room female dorm, and the aircon and futons were good. The staff was very flexible too - Woody allowed us to cancel our 3rd night when we had to stay at a friend's house. So it was nice of him. Location wise, it's pretty near the station too.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank mikayap
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Milano
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2010

This is the tipical trap for tourists:
- the place is dirty
- all your belongings are unguarded and rooms have no key: basically anyone can steal you anything
- you get no recept for what you pay and you must pay in advance
- internet connection is closed from 10.00 onward

moreover, what happened to me is unbelievable: someone stole my shoes, I reported to the "hotel" responsible and he told me: "well, your belongings are unguarded, so what do you want? if you need new shoes just take them from another guests"

if you're a thief you may want to go there...

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Diego0214
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Property: Hida Takayama Zenkoji
Address: 4-3 Tenman-cho, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Gifu Prefecture > Takayama
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #13 of 27 Specialty lodging in Takayama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
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This place is currently under renovation. It will reopen to public on Sep 1st,2017. ... more   less 
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