This immaculate ryokan, on a hill overlooking charming Takayama, was an unforgettable highlight of our short trip to Japan. The hotel is maintained spotlessly throughout: shoes are handed to the concierge upon entry. The building is a modernised version of the traditional Japanese ryokan, and is the complete opposite of a Western hotel. Rooms are simple: no TV, but private spa is available. The interiors are designed for an atmosphere of serenity. House pyjamas (yukata) are provided, and the charming staff are also dressed in traditional clothes. We went for the breakfast-included rate, and arranged dinner separately. The local cuisine was sumptuous, and coupled with our private booth in the fabulous dining room, made for a culinary and sensual experience. It's worth going back to Takayama just for the Hida beef ! It's a short walk to the unique original shopping neighbourhood of the town; an authentic section well worth a visit. Note: English is virtually unspoken in the hotel, so it is recommended to book, if possible, through a Japanese-speaking travel agency. Japan is an expensive country to visit, but this hotel reflects good value for the quality offered. Yes, we would go back there.
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