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“Room nothing to talk about but top floor has the wow factor !”
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Takayama Ouan
Ranked #8 of 174 Hotels / Ryokan in Takayama
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Birmingham UK
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66 reviews
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“Room nothing to talk about but top floor has the wow factor !”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

One has to take off your shoes upon entering the hotel. Even your wheels on your suitcases get wiped before you can go to your room. We stayed in room 1212 . My first impressions was disappointing as I expected more for my money. I think your paying for the roof top facilities because you can bathe naked in a public hot spring bath over looking the Japanese Alps .Note - you have to strip off naked to use these facilities as this is Japanese custom.Dont worry; there is a mens and women The 13th floor also has a sauna which includes a huge tv. The room was very small and also the shower room as well . No bath. You don't need a bath anyway's because you have a king size bath one floor up. There is a lockable drawer instead of a safe. The hotel flooring has tatami mats all over. I did change my mind about the overall value for money when seeing the 13th floor. The breakfast was great also. My fist impression was 'WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY' but I changed my mind after using the 13th floor . The 13th floor is open from 6 am right through to 1am in the morning. Location is just a 5 minute walk from the train station.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2013

The hotel is about 200m from the train/bus station (simply turn right after you exit the station and its straight ahead). When we entered the lobby, it was a little chaotic, part boutique, part spa, part reception. We were quickly checked in though, given keys to a locker to store our shoes and the wheels on our suitcases cleaned.

Our room was reasonably sized, with two twins mattress on tatami mats (impossible to push together to form a king, though). There was also a couch and table to watch tv. The washroom was tiny, but functional. The real treat is the onsens on the upper levels. Both public and private baths were lovely and a treat.

We didn't eat at the hotel (seemed a little pricy), but found lots of food in the historic district. The historic district is about a 10minute walk away (back towards the station and then take a right across the main road and walk towards the river). I'd recommend going early to catch the morning market, along the river or at night, when an almost festival like atmosphere is created by all the stalls selling food and drinks. I do think one day in Takayama is probably sufficient to see the highlights.

Anyways, back to the hotel; it was clean, comfortable, but maybe a little expensive and a little dated,but the onsens make up for these little gripes.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2013

The hotel is very close to the railway station and a short walk from the old part of town but the immediate area is not very appetising as it’s in a bit of an industrial zone, next to the railway tracks and close to busy roads. I was also wasn’t expecting a fairly new 11 storey hotel. Having said that the style of the hotel is unique, with the Tatami flooring and residents wandering around in traditional gowns. The rooftop baths are great, but only if you don’t mind going unclad. The best thing about this hotel is the food. If possible have dinner here. It’s fantastic. Breakfast is brilliant also. Downsides are small rooms and no Wi-Fi.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

I'm not sure you could go past this place for accomodation in Takayama. It is a beautiful Japanese style hotel with the tatami mats on the floor (so shoes are left in lockers in reception) and futons (but they are more like a mattress than a traditional futon and soooo comfortable) walking distance from train station and to the 'old houses' area of town. I might be a little biased because I fell in love with Takayama immediately - loved everything about it but I'm a little surprised that a reviewer has described the hotel as 'aged' - for me, nothing about it felt old or tired. The private baths are fun, but would highly recommend heading to the public baths which have an outside area....fantastic. Breakfast was great, although busy when we went down for 7.30am. We had a twin room. Rooms are certainly on the smallish side but not uncomfortable.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Covina, California
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105 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2013

This hotel has some of the most comfortable rooms I've ever experienced. The beds are just right and unlike some hotels, the climate control system allows you to set the temperature to your liking. It's in a good location and Takayama itself has many nearby attractions but you can also eat right in the hotel: their restaurant's buffet has very good food with a wide selection for everyone's taste. Also the service is very good.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Pulau Ubin, Singapore
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43 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2013

Overall this is a good hotel, but as my sister said "a little aged". The location is great if you are planning to just use Takayama as your based to go to other parts of the area. That is it closed to the JR station and the bus station. But if you have older people traveling with you, as I did, it is a "little" hike to the main "town centre" of Tayayama.
Of course, we enjoyed the onsen on the top floor, the public and private (if you managed to get it), and the foot bath at the front of the hotel.
But just before you get to the hotel, walking from the JR station, there is a really yummy Hida Beef korean bbq restaurant, worth going if you are looking for a place to eat, especially for lunch.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

First of all, the hotel is walkable distance from the station. You can actually see the building from the station. Check your train time to Takayama is important as there are limited service. We booked the room with a meal but missed it after we missed the train.. but we phone them in advance and they kindly offer us some vouchers as a gesture, so we can dine in some selected restaurants as a replacement.
The room is very traditional. Huge bed. I love the sakura bed spread that they use. Its worth to try out their private bath which over look the city, again from body shampoo to hair dryer to hair oil are provided in the room attached with the bath.
Staff speak good English but not all of them are passionate to greet like other Japanese hotels. Breakfast was 5 stars, a must try! and they are happy to explain to you about every single dish if you are patience enough to learn them all.. Its normal to wear your Japanese gown to the breakfast place.
You can leave your luggage with them but they will only store it opposite the counter on the floor. Otherwise, there are plenty of pay-lockers in different sizes near the station. We use both and its ok, nothing went missing.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Takayama Ouan
Address: 4-126 Hanasatomachi, Takayama 506-0026, Gifu Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Gifu Prefecture > Takayama > Takayama Station , Hidatakayama Onsen
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Ranked #8 of 174 Hotels / Ryokan in Takayama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Takayama Ouan 3.5*
Number of rooms: 167
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