This YH got quite strict rules when it comes to curfew and lights out. But it was still a good place to stay. The common area is spacious and there's free internet. The hostel has no kitchen area but only a microwave and a fridge. There's a batharea and good showers.
Located inside one of the temples in Takayamas Teramachi district. From here its only a short walk to most sights except Hida Folk Village which is located outside the centre.
This place exudes Japanese culture, although the couple who run the place (and live there) speak English. You take off your shoes immediately upon entering, and amazingly, they remember which shoes belong to whom! In the entranceway there is an irori, or hearth witha wood fire burning. All rooms have tatami floors and share bathrooms and showers. You can opt for a Japanese breakfast, served downstairs in a room just off the main foyer.
We stayed two nights at this traditional ryokan, and wouldn't have missed it for the world. Our room overlooked the water garden, and with a couple of bottles of beer in the fridge we were able to relax to the sound of the water. Be warned though, tatami mat rooms weren't made for lounging around in. Dinner is served in your room, and is a veritable theatre piece. The first night was a sashimi course, then a DIY barbecue. The second night was shabu-shabu (lobster and chicken cooked in broth). Japanese breakfasts are an acquired taste, but there's always plenty of rice if the pickled fish ain't your thing.
Make sure you have a phrase book that you can give to a Japanese speaker for them to point at when they're trying to explain something to you - our "ni biru" skills weren't up to communicating with the lady who served dinner and made up our futons. On our first night there was only one other room occupied, so each room was able to use one of the two the onsen facilities privately - normally one is for women and one for men.
Traditional tatami-mat rooms and futon sleeping arrangements. Spectacular dinner and breakfasts are included.
This time the payment was cheap with breakfast. You can use not only the bath in the room, but also the public hot spring bath where you can see the whole city view. You can enjoy the Japanese style morning meal in the hotel restaurant. In the ground floor, there is a personal computer which you can access the Internet, if you want some information. However, the guide book in the room is in Japanese only.
The public bath is available both in the eary morning and in the evening through the midnight. There you can see the whole city view.
The hotels location is great for seeing the history downtown area and for visiting the markets.
A short taxi ride from the Takayama train station, the hotel can also be reached by bus.
When you leave the train station you'll find a tourism info booth directly to your left. They can tell you how to reach the hotel and provide English maps and guides.
The hotel is basic, but comfortable. There were cheaper hotels, but we were travelling with someone who needed a bed (for their back) so this hotel was perfect and quite reasonable.
The male and female baths are public and big enough. In winter it takes a while for the hot water to reach the bathroom so turn the tap on and let it run for a while.
Breakfast was included in the price and it included HOUBA MISO which is a famous dish from Gifu!
We paid about 6,000yen each per night. It was the cheapest accommodation, with beds, available in Takayama.
One of the oldest and best "ryokan" in Takayama. With 5 typical japanese style gardens and a almost feudal atmosphere you will enjoy your stay very much.
In this ryokan I've enjoyed the best dinner I got in Japan. Dinner is served in your room where you can enjoy the view of a beautiful garden. Very friendly people will be happy to help you with your questions.
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