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Oyado Yamakyu
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

So much good stuff has been written about this ryokan, and my group of eight found that the ryokan has met our expectations and more.
The ryokan was conveniently located within walking distance of the town and morning markets. There was pick-up service from the train station. The next morning, when we wanted to go to Hida Folk Village, the very helpful hostess even offered to send us there, and then suggested that we take the bus from the Folk Village to the train station directly to catch our train for the next destination. As for the luggage, she took care of them by sending them to the train station at a prearranged time. This allowed us more time to spend at the Folk Village since we did not have to rush back to retrieve our luggage.
The breakfast and dinner served were sumptuous and a feast to the senses. Each course was so beautifully presented and tasted so wonderful. Even though it was not exactly comfortable sitting on the tatami mat to have our meal, it was worth the discomfort for the authentic Japanese experience, dressed in the yukata provided by the ryokan. The staff also took the effort to explain how some of the less known dishes should be eaten.
The room was sufficient for my family of four. The toilet was small but that was to be expected. When we were having dinner in the dining room, the futons were laid out for the night for us. There was even a heating pad between each futon and blanket to keep the toes warm. Our only complaint about the room was the lack of space to air the towels as the drying rack was too low for the bath towels, meant more for the face towels.
Soaking in either of the two public baths was so relaxing, especially the outdoor bath. The rectangular outdoor tub was more fun because it was huge enough for a few people, unlike the circular tub in the other bathroom, which was meant for one bather at a time. Since the male and female public baths are changed each day, we were able to try out both. For those who do not wish to soak in the public bath, there is also a private shower room. However, soaking in the public bath is highly recommended.
On the whole, the welfare of the guests seemed to be the priority at this ryokan. Kudos to the wonderful, helpful and cheerful staff for making our stay such a delightful one. Arigato gozaimas.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank Bee8811
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

A large but traditional style ryokan nestled up the back streets overlooking town. Japanese style accommodation with all the benefits of a small hotel e.g. newspapers in English, wifi. The owners are extremely helpful and friendly. Breakfast and dinner are both HUGE meals and well worth the money, although i wouldn't recommend it every day. The evening meal is a work of art - multiple dishes and intricate detail in the presentation. The onsen public bath area downstairs is a treat!!! For evening meals don't miss the narrow side streets containing Isakaya (bars with substantial meals) east of kokubunji st, south of the river. Try the small side street opposite (south) of kajibashi car park on the tourist map.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Elizabeth H
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights in Yamakyu in November - the only 2 nights in November that it snowed!

pros: the food is excellent, dining times are flexible, staff extremely helpful (some speak chinese!), free pick up and drop off from/to train station (you have to let them know in advance), free coffee in the morning, free use of computer (there's only one laptop); toilet, sink in the room, one common shower for private use (get key from reception), 300yen to use washing machine/dryer (price includes a very small packet of detergent), safe and tv in the room, aircond/heater in room, also heating pack under blanket, you can get a hair dryer from reception.

con: the cooking smell is everywhere. if you dont mind your coats, hair etc having a smell....

special mention: the kind gentleman who picked us up and dropped us off at the station was very helpful. He knew that we wanted to do the Tateyama-Kurobe route and called in advance to ask if the route was open since it was snowing.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

If you want a traditional ryokan experience at a good value, this is the place to go. This place exceeded my expectations: wonderful Japanese baths, excellent food, great location, and friendly staff.

Baths: The Japanese baths are public: divided between men's and women's but swap each night so you can try both during your stay.

Food: both breakfast (included in the price) and dinner (extra) were great. Definitely take the dinner option as you won't find any better value in the city (or anywhere else in Japan that we saw). In traditional Japanese style we were served many small dishes - a perfect opportunity to get a feel for Japanese culture.

Location: The sites are straight down the hill, just a 5-10 minute walk. If you are driving, there is a convenient parking lot. If you aren't, the staff will pick you up from the train station and drop you back off. (It's definitely walkable, but perhaps not with your luggage).

Kid friendly: We had our 1 year old daughter with us. They had a Japanese child seat for her to sit at the table with and plastic dishes for her to eat out of.

Rooms: the rooms were on the medium-to-small size, but fit our family of 3 just fine. The floors were the tatami mats and we slept on futons that were put out at night. There was tea served in the room during the day.

Connectivity: there was free wireless internet in the hotel. It was a little slow and I had to go down to the common areas to get a stable connection, but was able to connect to read email and browse a little in the evening.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank julesk24
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

We had read glowing reports for Yamakyu on trip advisor before booking and were looking forward to the experience. We phoned ahead from Tokyo the day before to request pick-up from the station and were greeted at Takayama Station by name as we approached the host bearing the Yamakyu placard. The journey from the station is uphill so the pick-up was a great idea with luggage. Our host described each area we drove through so we had an excellent orientation of the town by the time we reached Yamakyu. The traditions of staying in this style of accommodation were fully explained on arrival. The public bathing area was simple, spotless and relaxing. Either day clothes or the provided yukata are acceptable at dinner. The dinner was beyond our wildest dreams- beautifully presented, sensational tastes and huge! Breakfast was equally amazing. Take our advice and don't snack too much before arrival. Wonderful hosts, wonderful cooks, charming staff. We had a triple room for two nights with breakfast and dinner.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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