After reading positive reviews from TA and travel guides, i was looking forward to my very first Minshuku experience. However, the Japanese hospitality i so adored was marred by my very short 1 night stay at Sosuke. First off, clear walking directions were not given and it didn't help that the information centre outside the train station had a sulky face manning the counter.
Upon arrival at Sosuke, the warm reception that we were expecting didn't happen. Communications were kept to the bare minimum and we were left on our own, even while dining in their hall that evening. While the 9-course dinner was not bad at all, the owners seemed to have retreated into their private space, once the dishes were laid on the table. No complaints about the facilities, like the common bathroom and traditional bath, as they were very clean.
When we checked out the next morning, hoping to leave our luggage at the reception for a few hours, we were told that it was a holiday and that they were going to close at 10am. This piece of new information needed us to debate a little and to change our plans quickly. And so, we declined the owner's initial offer of sending us to the train station to leave our luggage at the lockers and instead, to bring forward our departure time, since it was a rainy day anyway. When we updated her that we will instead visit the morning market and return to collect our luggage before 10am, she appeared to be confused and if i may speculate, a little unhappy. This was inferred by her mutterings in Japanese (and i happen to understand a smattering). So off we went to the market, wondering why she reacted in that manner. We arrived back just before 10am and to our surprise, the lights and counter were shut and our bags were left right at the doorstep. I have never felt so unwelcome to the point of being shooed off before. That last incident took the cake and needless to say, i won't be back.
Takayama is a lovely town, a pity about its people.
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