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Minshuku Iwatakan

4-166-3 Ooshin-machi, Takayama City, Takayama, Japan 506-0851

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Atiruj P. Families with young children Thailand, April 15, 2016
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Ngoc V. Solo travelers United States of America, December 29, 2015
Good location. Nice traditional rooms.

Bath. Location. Staff
It was overall a pleasant stay. I loved the public bath so much cuz I went in late and no one else was there. The room was tidy but the wall is really thin that you could hear almost every noise from the hall or the room next door. Other than that, nice stay and value for money.
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Michiaki F. Families with young children Japan, July 20, 2015
cozy and reasonable

family owned, hospital
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Lynda I. Couples Indonesia, April 29, 2015
Nice and quiet ryokan, the onsen is the highlight.

Onsen, friendly hosts, and the quiet location.
Overall was good, the hosts are very nice especially the older lady. The older guy drove us back to the station which is very nice service. Onsen are nice with the indoor and outdoor options, it's always quiet because it was low season and the location a little bit further from the city like 10-15 minute walk. It was close to morning market. The room was small and basic but that was enough for 2 of us. Mattress and pillow was hard, Japanese style. We did not have chance to taste the food here, but heard it was delicious. Another great thing is free bicycle and tea, coffee, water.
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Simin W. Couples Singapore, December 16, 2014
A hidden gem in the traditional city of Takayama

Beautiful and traditional setting, onsen, location (to attractions)
When we arrived at Takayama Station, we called the ryokan and an elderly man came to pick us up on his van. He refused to take a tip from us the second time he fetched us back to the station. Although the staff couldn't speak much English at all, they are one of the kindest, most helpful and thoughtful ryokan staff we met on our 23 day trip to Japan. We were the only 2 travellers staying in their ryokan for the night, but they turned on all the lights, heater and onsen facilities for us to enjoy the whole time. The room is beautifully traditional and cosy, and there are vending machines and free drinks for us to use whenever we need. The ryokan is located near to the morning market, a beautiful river and the must-see merchant shops/houses from the past. I would definitely return to this ryokan the next time I visit Takayama.
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Alain A. Families with older children France, July 6, 2014
Good ryokan!

Gorgeous, nice place, close to the downtown. The place to be for the japan lovers'ryokan
Very good welcome from the owner.quiet and nice room
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Alexandra Y. Couples United Kingdom, April 4, 2014
Nice but way overpriced

Authentic Japanese house, hot bath, quiet location.
I have mixed feelings about this place. It was nice to stay in a traditional Japanese house and the shared bathroom was fine, with quite a nice hot bath pool that you could soak in. Everything was clean and the location is nice and quiet. Takayama is very small so although it's not in the centre that just means it's a couple of minutes pleasant walk, no big deal. Also they kindly pick you up and drop you at the station which is great. However considering the level of service when you're actually there (no breakfast, no room cleaning, you to get your own futon beds in/out, which is normal for a minshuku) I just felt that the price was a little steep. We stayed two nights and were the only guests not there as part of some big coach tour. The tour groups had breakfast and dinner at the minshuku, we weren't asked if we wanted to try it which again was fine because there were enough places to eat in Takayama but if I'd had my heart set on trying their food I might have been a little disappointed. So, it's totally fine but overpriced (typical of a lot of things in japan really). You might be better saving your money for a decent ryokan if you want a better Japanese experience.
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Gary A. Couples United States of America, June 4, 2013
Great baths

great bath, friendly owners, very quiet
Located a bit away from the action in a residential neighborhood of Takayama, it's a bit of a walk to get downtown, but a pleasant morning walk to the market. We had two traditional Japanese rooms, but without the meal plan. So once we checked in and got oriented, we were pretty much on our own and did not see the staff unless we rang their bell. The best thing is the bath - an indoor rock pool with hot waterfall where several people could soak for as long as they wished. There was also a small outdoor wooden tub, but it was only large enough for one person at a time.
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Lui Y. Couples Hong Kong, April 16, 2013
Simple and Comfortable hotel

Free shuttle to train station available, nice staff, cosy room
The hotel is a little far from the Takayama train station, but the host was very nice and they would ask about your departure time and would offer free shuttle to the station as far as possible. Only shared bathroom and shared toilet are available. 15-minute walk to the famous Miyagawa morning market.
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Siew P. Couples Malaysia, April 16, 2013
Great value and location for Takayama festival

Location cleanliness friendly service
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