Built in 2009, Takayama Ouan is an onsen hotel located in Hanasatomachi in Takayama City. It offers rooms with designs based on traditional Japanese style, complete with tatami flooring. Some of its rooms also feature touches of Western influences like its beds. It has a total of 167 rooms that cost between 10,000 to 30,000 JPY per night, including shower booths and bathtubs.
The ryokan takes pride in its open-air hot spring bath situated on its rooftop and onsen facilities available for family use, including views of mountains for additional tranquility factor. For more relaxation treatments, guests can enjoy massages available at their beauty salon and an on-site sauna. Takayama Ouan also invites guests to indulge in their humble and hearty breakfast buffet. Visitors can also visit their restaurant for Japanese and Western cuisines.
Takayama is currently a place restricted for traveling due to COVID-19, but tourists are welcome to plan their activities once border restrictions are lifted. The ryokan is near tourist sites like Hida Bussankan, Takayama-Jinyaand Miyagawa Morning Market, and the Takayama Old Town. It is accessible by public transit coming from Takayama Station.
Saw mixed reviews of this ryokan hotel but decided to go ahead since it's near the JR Station (within 5min walk). Great hospitality, free umbrellas for use when it's raining/snowing heavily. Best part of the hotel would have to be their private onsens. There are 3 private onsens to choose from. For the courtesy of other guest's usage, it is advise to only stay up to 30min for a session (which is good enough). It's clean, cosy and there is also complimentary coffee/tea at the reception area for any one who is waiting to check-in or out. Given its affordable price, location and amazing hida beef restaurant just next door, definitely worth coming back again!
Not worth the money
We booked the double room hoping for a relaxing authentic Japanese experience and were excited about the private onsens available. We paid $400 AUD per night and stayed for 2 nights.
When we arrived we were disappointed to discover that the hotel is on a busy road with train tracks running behind and it has 167 rooms with minimal facilities to accommodate the relaxing stay promised! This is advertised as a ryokan on some sites and although the rooms may be in that style it is a mega-hotel.
The reception looks like a junk souvenir shop with busloads of tourists coming and going at all hours and we were constantly having to navigate through luggage strewn near the lifts and shoe lockers.
We were told upon arrival that we had to pay 150 yen per day per person to use the onsen facilities, despite paying the high nightly rate just to get a hotel with an onsen. Unfortunately, we were only able to use the onsen once due to the long lines. We did not want to waste our sightseeing time waiting so we decided to try late at night and discovered the lines were just as bad at midnight. As it is first come first served, with the number of guests and lack of booking system it was virtually impossible to get into an onsen (the only reason we booked this hotel).
The one chance we did get to spend in the onsen, it was small and uncomfortable and were unable to enjoy the view of the city due to the mildew on the windows - see attached photo.
Guests and their children were stomping around the hallways and upper levels at all hours.
Breakfast is chaotic and you often have to wait to be seated.
And finally, the wifi just didn't work. Reception staff were unwilling or unable to discuss any of the above issues and dismissed our concerns.
The room was nice and the breakfast staff did their best to manage the chaos in the morning.
Basically, the worst value hotel we have ever experienced and a huge disappointment after looking forward to our stay in Takayama for months.
glad to leave
very very busy, bus loads of chinese tourists tired decor, tiny rooms, do not recommend. lifts are tiny, slow and cramped. food at buffet was so so. it is ryokan style so beds are on floor. only 1 pillow and only 1 very small thin towel.
Great location,very comfy and clean
Very close to train station, this ryokan looks new and neat. There is hot spring pond in front to relax your feet. After checking in, we were asked to take off shoes and put in locker. After that, we would be wondering around bare feet even in restaurant area. We felt like home even though it’s in hotel building. Room is sparkling clean,new and well organized, also with very comfy mattress. Onsen is nice. They have 3 private onsen rooms too free for guests. At night, hot noodle is served complimentary.
A taste of Japan
We stayed one here as part of a tour and I would have loved to have stayed longer. My sister-in-law did not like the low beds in her room and the staff quickly came and lifted the bed for her. I particularly enjoyed the traditional Japanese baths on the top floor and soaked in the hot springs water for 30 minutes. Breakfast was fine with a choice of western or Japanese foods. Interesting that the Japanese tend to have sweet white bread which Americans love but Australians and Europeans prefer more grainy breads. Would recommend the hotel to anybody.