Ryokan Murayama is not upmarket accommodation. It is a very comfortable and friendly place to stay and represents good value. We had a large room with a private bathroom and separate toilet. Our room had tatami flooring and futon bedding on the floor. When we arrived it was very chilly, so we were relieved to find that the heating/ air-conditioning was very efficient. The room we had was very spacious by Japanese standards, and in fact was probably the largest we had over 4 weeks in Japan.
The Japanese or continental breakfast was consistently good throughout our stay. We had dinner a couple of nights in the ryokan, but once, when ordered the vegetarian option we were given a hash brown, french fries, potato salad and pickles, which may have been OK for kids, but taught us the lesson that you need make sure that you order Japanese food.
The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, especially the manager. They all bent over backwards to help us, or answer any questions we might have.
As to the condition of the ryokan, it was quite plain, a little rundown but very clean and comfortable.
Murayama is a little out of town, but that presented little problem to us as the hotel ran 3 free trips to the station each morning, and the city circle bus ran regularly through the day. Takayama also has a very efficient taxi service to take to you back after the buses have closed for the afternoon. The cost of a taxi was between 800 and 1,000 yen.
All in all, Ryokan Murayama is highly recommended budget option, and we would stay there again.
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- Ryokan Murayama Hotel Takayama