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“Wonderful mixture of Japanese and western hotel styles”
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Takayama Ouan
Ranked #9 of 174 Hotels / Ryokan in Takayama
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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful mixture of Japanese and western hotel styles”
Reviewed 9 January 2014

Great position only a few blocks walk from the railway station and the other areas for sightseeing. Lovely Japanese entrance and foyer and Japanese style rooms with tatami mats western amenities. Very comfortable and great rooftop onsen. Staff very helpful. Takayama is a lovely, small city.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2014

This hotel is near the train station and does look like a western hotel from the outside, but do not let this fool you. After staying in traditional Japanese accommodations prior to Takayama, we were very surprised as to the setup in this hotel. On entering the hotel, the foyer area is tiled, but to get to your rooms you have to remove your shoes and place then in lockers by the check in desk. Every thing past the foyer is covered in Tatami mats, even the stair cases. The room was very clean and had, what I would call, twin beds in the room on the floor, and a double sofa. The bath room was clean, but only had a shower. You are provided with Samue to wear around the hotel, even for dinner and breakfast
The highlight of this particular Ryokan are the baths. The baths are on the top floor. There is a public bath for both sexes, and the hot pool is actually outside and you get a great view of the city, especially at night. For these who are more modest there are 3 private baths. Each is a different style, and some do not have the bath outside.
Breakfast is a buffet, so you can chose between Japanese and Western dishes.
On entering the hotel you will notice across the driveway a small structure and maybe some people sitting down. There is a pool here where you can soak your weary feet.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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117 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2014

This ryokan style hotel is very close to the station along a busy road. You have to take off your shoes when you enter the hotel and leave them in a locker. The floors are made of tatami and you can wear the funny socks provided in your room.

The room was bigger then we’re used to have in Japan. There is a shower but you can better go upstairs: The rooftop onsen is great.
You sleep on a matress on the floor, Japanese style.

Breakfast is Japanse buffet style too. You can get some cereals, bread and fruits if you don’t want to eat rice, fish and seaweed. If you want to catch an early train be aware that it can be busy and you might have to wait 10 to 15 minutes before being seated for your breakfast.

Staff is very friendly and very helpfull. Some speak English but not all.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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67 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2013

I stayed at Takayama Ouan for two nights while traveling through Japan in Septemeber. The hotel is located close to the train and bus stations by the railroad tracks and a parking lot. It was definitely not a very posh location, but, as always in Japan, it felt completely safe. Takayama is quiet small town, so the center of the town was within easy walking distance. It is probably the tallest building in town with an attached automated parking tower.

I haven't stayed at traditional Japanese inns, but this hotel was probably the closest to their atmosphere, while giving you all the comforts of a tourist hotel. All the floors were tatami, so you are asked to leave the shoes in a locker by the reception. The room had low furniture and the mattress right on the floor. It was perfectly clean, well maintained and stylish. There was free wired internet that worked well. I did not have dinner in the restaurant, since it was expensive and required reservations, but the breakfast was great. The most interesting part were the hot baths on the roof!

I really enjoyed my stay and would stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Japan
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294 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2013

This hotel is in a great location, but mostly the decor is awesome- it feels a little like a ryokan with all Japanese decor, taking off your shoes at the entrance, the rooms - absolutely gorgeous, but there are beds (lower than average but VERY comfy!)- the breakfast has more Japanese options but is very very rich and its an absolute favorite of mine!

Room Tip: try to take rooms facing the city, not the railway tracks
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
88 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2013

I really enjoyed staying in Takayama Ouan. They have great rooftop onsen with great view of Takayama. For those who want to experience Japanese onsen but not daring enough to go public, they have 3 private onsen as well. The other thing that I really enjoyed is the breakfast. The breakfast buffet have many selection of western and Japanese breakfast. They also provide free ramen after 10.30pm for supper.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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RISHON LEZION ISRAEL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2013

Avery pampering and stylish modern old fashion guest house in the city of takayama., with a walking distance from many restaurant and shops.With romantic onsen for couples, beaytiful elaborate japanese breakfast with western dishes as well. The rooms are not large but very clean and nice.

Room Tip: we have been on the 10 floor and it was vert nice.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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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 #9 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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