For anyone looking for total relaxation and an escape from the stress of the modern world, an onsen ryokan is the perfect choice. A ryokan is a traditional Japanese-style inn which is not just any typical accommodation. The ryokan tradition of hospitality is known as “omotenashi,” and is similar to welcoming a guest into your own home. Another aspect of most ryokan is the setting in which they are placed, including beautiful surrounding scenery and natural hot springs (onsen). A ryokan blends with nature as an important part of the Japanese culture and typically includes breakfast and dinner. Visiting such a traditional Japanese lodging option can be daunting for foreigners, but below is a list of some of the best tourist-friendly onsen ryokan in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.
Wa no Sato Ryokan is set in a centuries-old building with exposed wooden beams, hardwood floors, fine linens, and comfortable futon. The decor has plenty of character while preserving its heritage. Guests can enjoy Wa no Sato’s local foods including the “wasakana” or river fish, Hida beef, “sansei” (mountain vegetables), along with locally distilled sake. Guests will also enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air while being in a convenient location for all the surrounding attractions. Select rooms feature modern comforts such as LCD/plasma screen TVs, a fan, telephone, and heating. Guests can also enjoy a hot spring bath.
This modern property is nestled alongside the Miya River in the center of the historic Takayama Old Town. Takayama Jinya morning market is a short walk away from the ryokan. Guests can enjoy relaxing in the hot spring baths on the property. The restaurant serves traditional Japanese cuisine for breakfast and dinner, including Hida beef. The ryokan’s guest rooms are decorated in traditional Japanese style and feature a flat-screen television, free wireless Internet, a safe, and an electric kettle. En suite bathrooms feature a bathtub and free toiletries.
This ryokan is nestled among unspoiled nature in the tranquil Northern Alps area of Japan. Shinhodaka Ropeway is a 25-minute drive away while Kamikochi and Norikura are a 40-minute drive from Hidaji. Guests can enjoy a massage service and public hot spring baths on the property or can relax in the surrounding gardens. The ryokan’s restaurant serves meals cooked with locally sourced ingredients and Hida beef. Guestrooms are typically Japanese, with traditional tatami floors and Japanese futons, but with modern conveniences like a flat-screen TV, electric kettle, and refrigerator. Yukata robes are available in the en-suite bathrooms.
Miyamaouan is nestled in the Chubu-Sangaku National Park in the Northern Alps. The hotel serves Hida beef and other authentic cuisine. It has private indoor and open-air hot spring baths. There is a foot bath at the hotel entrance which is free to use 24-hours a day. Guests can enjoy some delicious milk after their relaxing bath as well as ramen noodles for free. For dinner, guests can enjoy traditional cuisine cooked over an irori hearth. Free colored yukata are available for rental for males and females.
Address: 229 Hirayu, Okuhida Onsenkyo, Takayama-shi, Gifu Prefecture
27.18 km (16.9 mi) from Miyagawa Morning Markets
Access: From Takayama Station (JR Takayama Main Line): Take a Hirayu or Shin-Hotaka Line bus from the Takayama Nohi Bus Center to Hirayu Onsen (about 65 minutes). The hotel is about 7 minutes from the stop on foot.
Oyado Koto No Yume is located a two-minute walk from the Takayama Station and the Kokubunji Temple. The Miyagawa Morning Market and historical Old Private House are just under a 10-minute walk away from the ryokan. There are indoor and outdoor hot spring baths on the property and massages are available on request. The property offers a choice of a traditional Japanese or Western breakfast each morning. Rooms feature traditional tatami-mat flooring and futon bedding, along with 40-inch (101.6-cm) flat-screen TVs, a fridge, coffeemaker, and green tea set. Bathrooms feature a bathtub, shower, and free toiletries.
Hida Takayama Onsen Takayama Green Hotel is located a 6-minute walk from JR Takayama Train Station and a 15-minute stroll from Old Town Takayama and the Morning Markets. The ryokan features seven dining options, a spa and massage service, and several hot spring baths, both indoor and in the open-air. Each traditionally Japanese room features an LCD TV and a mini bar, with a choice of a traditional futon bedding on a tatami (woven-straw) floor or a Western bed. Each features air conditioning, complimentary green tea, and a private bathroom with a bathtub. Free WiFi is available throughout.
Yamazatonoiori Soene is nestled in a beautiful landscape in the Okuhida Onsengo hot spring area. Guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor baths with natural hot spring water. Kashikiri, or private baths, are also available. Breakfast is provided as well as a Kaiseki menu. Rooms feature a river or garden view and have a flat-screen TV and refrigerator. Some offer the Japanese tatami, while others have Western beds. The bathrooms are shared but some rooms have a private toilet.
This comfortable ryokan is set in nature and is a three-minute walk from JR Takayama Station. The property features an outdoor natural hot spring bath on the rooftop with views across Takayama. There are also family hot spring baths available. The property is designed in traditional Japanese style with tatami flooring throughout. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet in the dining room each morning. Guest rooms feature Western-style beds, along with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. A tea maker and refrigerator are also available to guests. En suite bathrooms offer a shower and complimentary toiletries. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
Mozumo is a 50-minute drive from Takayama Old Town and a 90-minute drive from Shirakawago. The property’s surroundings are ideal for fishing in the warmer months and skiing in winter. The ryokan is set in a tranquil space and it the ideal place for adults to relax and enjoy the pleasures of a hot spring bath. Guests can also appreciate views of the surrounding woods from the shared lounge and the hot spring bath and there is a massage service available at the ryokan. A delicious breakfast is served each morning in the dining room. Guest rooms feature modern Japanese decor and a comfortable seating area with a flat-screen TV and free wireless internet. En suite bathrooms have an open-air bathtub.
Located in the Fukuchi Onsen hot spring area, Yumoto Choza offers three hot spring baths, each of which can be used by guests on a private basis. There are also shared outdoor and indoor baths available to guests. The dining room serves traditional Kaiseki dining with a set menu for breakfast and dinner. A public PC with internet connection is available for guests’ use. Guest rooms at Yumoto Choza are typically Japanese and feature a tatami with a Japanese futon and sliding paper screens. Modern additions include an LCD TV and an electric kettle. Each room features a private toilet.
Relax and rejuvenate in true Japanese style
Modern-day life is stressful and hectic, leaving us feeling tired as the daily 9-to-5 grind takes its toll. When taking a break from working life, one of the best ways to relax and chill out is to enjoy a comfortable stay at one of the best tourist-friendly onsen ryokans in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Relax in hot spring water, eat the finest Japanese cuisine, and go home feeling relaxed and ready to take on the world again.
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