Established in 1994, Hotel Associa Takayama Resort is an onsen hotel located in Echigomachi, Takayama City. It is an accommodation complete with iconic hot spring baths, which can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors. It is where guests can take their time to unwind and relax their minds paired with the comforting view of nature. Aside from these calming baths, guests can also pamper themselves with the on-site sauna and massage sessions.
The rooms of Hotel Associa Takayama Resort promise magnificent views, overlooking the Japanese Northern Alps. Their rooms are based on traditional Japanese design, Western influence, and some rooms display a combination of both styles, which cost around 15,000 to 30,000 JPY per night. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen and have available green tea and coffee. French and Japanese cuisine are offered at their restaurants, while drinks and chats can be spent at the Lounge Scenery.
Takayama is currently a place restricted for traveling due to the coronavirus, but tourists are welcome to plan their activities once border restrictions are lifted. Its location is near the Gifu Museum Hida and Hida Takayama Ski Resort where guests can have access to the ski lockers of the hotel. Hotel Associa Takayama Resort provides its guests with a scheduled free shuttle coming from JR Takayama Station.
We traveled with Gate 1 group so we didn't pick the resort, the location is outside of the city but it didn't create any inconvienance for us since we had our tour bus. The resort was a little complicated to get around, if you like to experience the onsen bath (who would miss it anyway?) a long walk from your room and you have to change the elavator.The day we arrived, they did the check-in on the bus, which is quite efficient, but did have to waite for a while (15-20 minutes) for the elevator since one is not working. The room was comfortable, clean, and nice size with a good view of the town. The yukata was provided for the onsen bath. Diner wasn't provided by Gate 1, but we have some local delicacies brought back from town, it took care of it. You can make tea or coffee in the room. Breakfast was edequate and delicious, mostly Japanese style. The courtyard and the decoration are quite zen and pretty. The staff was very friendly. Overall it was a very refreshing stay.
Way out of town. Too large for individuals, mainly geared for tour groups. To get to our room we had to walk quite a bit and change elevators and buildings when needed to go to a food outlet. One of the restaurants had seating on the floor however since we are older and can't sit on the floor, we asked to be served at a table they had in the area but refused. Even though the table and chairs were right there they would not allow it. We ended up eating in their expensive place which was not worth the expense and the service was extremely slow although it was mostly empty. I would not recommend the hotel for individual stays. Judging by the number of buses in the parking lot, it mainly caters to groups.
Was part of a Gate 1 tour.
Room was large with two beds. Beds & pillows were comfortable. My room had a great view of the mountains. Room was clean with a mini fridge, safe, ice on each floor. Shampoo, conditioner & body wash is provided. No body lotion so bring your own. (This is true in most of the hotels in Japan). No bottled water in the room.There is a Yukata robe and slippers to wear to the onsen (thermal bath). Internet was very spotty.
Breakfast was ok with American dishes - eggs, pancakes and Asian choices.
There is a shuttle bus that will take you into town and pick you up. Check the schedule.
Staff was very friendly and helpful. Great gift shop.
Nice resort - good value for the money
The Associa Takayama resort is a family modern hotel with a hot springs bath facility they call a spa. (Don't expect massage or other body services). It's a large hotel that accommodated 6-7 tour buses each of the two days we were these. Check-in was courteous and easy. We had a room in the Alps wing (recommended) with a very nice view of the valley. The room was of adequate size with 2 twin beds, ensuite bathroom, TV, safe, and extra heater. They provide robes and sandals in the event you take advantage of the spa. Breakfast was very good with a nice mix of American and Japanese cuisine. The drawback is that its location is a few miles from town and taxi cab rides to and fro can be expensive. That said, they offer a shuttle between the hotel and train station that runs about every hour. The train station is about a 10 minute walk to the old town area. I think of this hotel as good value for the money.
A hotel for older tour groups
Like a lot of the reviews, we will not revisit this hotel. It is very dated and too far out of town. It was obviously built for large tour groups which they do a good trade in. However, it is not a nice hotel for families or couples.
There seems to be a problem with air ventilation as everywhere in the hotel is very stuffy. Nice enough staff but they seem like they've been weathered by lots of large groups.