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Reviewed January 18, 2019 via mobile

I rarely use the word magical, but Wanosato truly was. To experience this place in the winter, with softly falling snow and the sound of the creek outside as you sit in a warm bath or cozy farmhouse - it’s simply incredible. Aside from standing as a welcoming preservation of culture and beauty, the food was outstanding, service top notch, and design lovely. It stands as one of my all time favorite hotels and I would recommend this place to anyone.

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank CristinaM322
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Reviewed January 10, 2019 via mobile

Hidden 20minutes away from Hida-Takayama Train Station lies the magical Wanosato. The view from our room Tenryo was breathtaking in the winter snow. The local foods prepared by the chef was such a palate indulgence that my husband and I looked forward to every morning and evening. There are 'sansai'(mountain vegetables), 'wasakana' (river fish) and the superb Hida beef. A definite go-to for one looking for a magical nature retreat within the forest and hot spring ❤️ A big thank you to their staffs who go the extra miles to make us feel comfortable and well-taken care of.

Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank angeldamus
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Reviewed June 22, 2018

Wanosato is set deep in the beautiful country side,next to a rushing stream. Warm and very friendly hosts. Attractive and comfortable rooms. Lovely and relaxing onsens. And the food is simply divine. I first visited with my husband and 2 friends in the fall of 2016 and enjoyed every minute of my stay. This June, I brought my 20-something daughter and she loved it too. I hope to come back sometime in the winter. I think it would be amazing in the snow.

Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank JeffandJulie
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

Our stay at the Ryokan Wanosato was the most memorable highlight during our 10-day trip to Japan. From start to end, the experience was flawless. From the incredible view in our room, to tasty delicacies, to the best 10-course meal of my life to relaxing hot baths, this place is designed for comfort and relaxation. I hope to come back again soon!

Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank Ashley G
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Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

Cute ryokan with excellent food. Its 15 minutes by hotel shuttle from Takayama train station. You should wait at the West entrance to the station (there are signs in English). The shuttle itself doesn't have the English words wanosato on it but the driver will stand outside with a piece of paper with the hotel name on it.

The ryokan sits besides a burbling stream and consists of the main building and a few smaller outhouses. The grounds aren't large. You can walk around the property in 10 minutes. We stayed in the largest room on the ground floor of the main building which had a great view of the stream and which was also surprisingly large. There was a bathroom with a bathtub, shower and vanity, a bedroom, a dining room, two bays looking out at the stream and a vestibule in between the entrance to the room and the living areas.

The lobby of the ryokan is really rustic. And very smoky! That's the one thing I didn't quite enjoy about this ryokan. The fact that they didn't seem to have a chimney for the big fireplace. The smell doesn't get into the other rooms but it's very pronounced in the lobby. The floor of the lobby was a dirt floor which we thought was really unusual (the floors in the rest of the building were tatami not to worry and the floor of our bedroom was even heated)

Meals don't get served in your room. There's a separate dining room for that. Dinner was quite a grand multicourse affair with the chef preparing the meal right in front of the diners. The food was excellent. They are very proud of their local 'hida' beef here and deservedly so. On par with Kobe beef. The seafood (including freshwater fish from the area) was also excellent.

After dinner, there's an opportunity to sit by the fireplace to see an older Japanese gentleman (I wasn't sure if he was the owner or not) perform some magic tricks and entertain people with jokes as well as sake warmed in bamboo by the fire. We didn't mind the smoke so much after copious sake consumption at dinner and by the fire.

There are two small onsen in the hotel which alternate between men and women on different days so you can experience both. I wasn't sure if these were real onsen or just the mountain spring water heated up as one of the onsen had both a cold pool and a hot one! But the soaks in the pool were very nice nonetheless.

The staff speak enough English to get by and google translate/hand gestures sufficed for the rest of the time.

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank L8227EYkens
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