The Ultimate Guide to finding the best Ryokan in Takayama, Japan

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Hida Takayama is a wonderful city in Japan that I would definitely not want to miss on any Japan Itinerary.

While in another post we’ve already talked about what to see in Takayama, here we want to find the best Ryokan in Takayama (even some Hida Takayama Ryokan with private bath!) in order for you to have an amazing stay with an extraordinary Onsen experience.

In the following, we will have a look at the best Takayama Onsen Ryokans for different budgets. But first, let’s check whether it is better to stay inside or outside of the Takayama Center.

What is a Ryokan?

A ryokan is a traditional Japanese accommodation that can literally be translated as a travel inn.

Already in the Edo period, this type of Japanese hotel was used in Takayama but also in the rest of Japan. The decor of this type of accommodation is typically Japanese: the floor is laid out with so-called tatami mats while you sleep on a traditional futon bed.

Meals (breakfast and dinner) are part of the night in many ryokans and they are also typically Japanese.

If you want to get to know the real Japan, you should stay at least once in a Ryokan on your trip. With its traditional Japanese streets and ancient buildings, Takayama is perfect for such an experience.

Takayama City Center or Outside

Takayama Temple, red tree, Japan, best Ryokan in Takayama

When taking a look at the following Takayama Ryokans, you can easily see that most of them are not directly in the city center of Takayama (You can tell from the distance to the Takayama Station).

While in the city center you are near to the attractions of Takayama, it might get a little bit loud and busy when tourist groups walk through the streets, especially at the weekends.

Moreover, Ryokans are meant to offer some relaxation for their guests. Some people simply relax much better when their accommodation is located in nature a little bit outside of the city where you can enjoy an amazing view of the surrounding green landscape.

The best Ryokan in Takayama – Cheapest Option

Ryokan Murayama

Location: 2 km from Takayama Station, (free shuttle between 13.00 and 17.30)

Stars: 3

Features: Hot Spring bath, Restaurant with an open fireplace and seafood grill, Karaoke rooms, Souvenir Shop, free Wifi, Free Parking

Rooms: Tatami Floor (Woven-Straw), Futon Bedding, Paper Screen doors, mini bar, electric kettle, Flat-screen TV

Bathroom: Private and Shared available

⇒ For more information, availabilities, and prices click here.

The best Takayama Onsen Ryokan


Location: 18-Minutes Ride from Takayama Station (Complimentary)

Stars: 3

Features: Hot Public Bath, Garden, Karaoke Facilities, Free Parking, Laundry Service, Drink Vending Machines, Japanese-style lounge with irori hearth, Free Wifi, Dinner and breakfast available

Rooms: Tatami Floor (Woven-Straw), Low table with seating cushions, traditional futon bedding, Flat-Screen TV, safe

Bathroom: Shared

⇒ For more information, availabilities, and prices click here.

Ryokan Tanaka

Location: A 45-Minutes drive from Takayama JR Station and 5-Minutes walking from Hiryaku Bus Terminal.

Stars: 3

Features: Free Wifi, Dinner and Breakfast available, Massages available, Souvenir Shop, 1 indoor – 1 outdoor – and one free-reversible hot spring bath, free parking

Rooms: Low Table with seating cushions, nature view, LCD TV, heated in winter, window-side Western-style seating area, futon bedding, Tatami Floor (Woven-Straw)

Bathroom: Private

⇒ For more information, availabilities, and prices click here.

Hakuunsou (Kazeya Group)

Location: 1-Hour Drive from Takayama Station

Stars: 4

Features: 3 Types of Private Hot Spring Baths, 1 Public Hot Spring Bath, free bicycle rent, free parking, dinner, Free Wifi in Public Areas

Rooms: Mountain View, Tatami Floor (Woven-Straw), seating area, bed or futon, Flat-Screen TV, refrigerator, safety box

Bathroom: Private

⇒ For more information, availabilities, and prices click here.

Oyado Koto No Yume

Location: 2-Minutes Walk from Takayama Station & 2-minutes from Bus Station to Shirakawago

Stars: 4

Features: Hot Spring Bath (indoor, outdoor and semi-outdoor), Hot Tub, Massages and Beauty Treatments available, Free Wifi, Breakfast available,

Rooms: Colorful Touch, Tatami Floor (Woven-Straw), Futon Bedding, 40-inch Flat-Screen TV, Fridge, coffee maker, green tea set,

Bathroom: Private

⇒ For more information, availabilities, and prices click here.

Katsuragi no Sato

Location: 75-Minute drive from Takayama Station & 3-Minutes drive from Fukuchi Onsenguchi BusStop (free shuttle available)

Stars: 4

Features: Free Wifi, Traditional Irori Hearth, Public Hot spring Bath, Reservable Private Hot Spring Bath, Souvenir Shop, Massages available, Garden and terrace, Computer with internet for free use, Breakfast and dinner available

Rooms: Tatami Floor (Woven-Straw), AC, distinct decor, spacious living room area, Futon Bedding, some come with heated Kotasu Table or massage chair

Bathroom: Shared, but private Toilet

⇒ For more information, availabilities, and prices click here.

The best luxury Takayama Ryokan with Onsen

Honjin Hiranoya Annex

Location: 3-Minutes Ride from Takayama Station (free shuttle) or 7-Minutes walk

Stars: 5

Features: Open-Air Hot Spring bath with a view over the city, Breakfast & Dinner available, Free Wifi, Free Parking, Bicycle renting, one of 800 Yukata Ropes available to wear, terrace, gift shop, Computer with free internet

Rooms: Tatami Floor (Woven-Straw), Futon Bedding, decorated with zen-like simplicity, LCD-Satellite TV, minibar

Bathroom: Private

⇒ For more information, availabilities, and prices click here.

Mozumo (Adult only)

Location: A 52-Minute Ride from Takayama Station

Stars: 4

Features: Hot Spring Bath, Free Wifi, Free Parking, Breakfast available, views on the private forest, Lounge, Massages available

Rooms: Private Open-Air Bath, Modern Japanese Interior decoration, Tatami Floor (Woven-Straw),  AC, Flat-Screen TV, seating area with low table

Bathroom: Private

⇒ For more information, availabilities, and prices click here.

Hidaji (Adult Only)

Location: 60-Minutes Bus Ride from Takayama Station & 1-minute walking from Fukuchi Onsen Bus Stop

Stars: 4

Features: nestled in  untouched nature, Public Hot Spring Bath, Massages available, free wifi in the Public area, Garden, Souvenir Shop, Safety Deposit box, Breakfast and dinner available

Rooms: Tatami Floor (Woven-Straw), AC, Futon Bedding, heated Kotasu table, TV, Fridge, electric kettle with green tea bags, Yutaka Ropes

Bathroom: Private

⇒ For more information, availabilities, and prices click here.

Do you need more inspiration? Check also the list of all accommodation in Takayama or get more information on TripAdvisor.

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