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#2 of 36 ryokans in Takayama
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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Traditional merchant house style Ryokan built in Taisho era. (1912)SUMIYOSHI RYOKAN located MIYAGAWA riverside and central TAKAYAMA city.Ideally located for sightseeing.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Hot bath
Breakfast available
Hot spring bath
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
River View
Languages Spoken
Japanese
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André Ø wrote a review Apr 2023
Oslo, Norway7 contributions1 helpful vote
Hotel's Favourite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were here for 3 days with our kids of 2, 10 and 13 years and it was great. The staff were very helpful, almost to an embarrassing degree to us. The place is authentic, relaxed and conveniently located. As a family of 5, we were a bit concerned that the room would be small, but it proved to be plenty of space for us. We are very happy that we chose to stay here.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Adelina Pirvu wrote a review Jan 2020
Bucharest, Romania47 contributions49 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my husband stayed here for two nights and it was just perfect. The staff are very nice and friendly. They are not very good english speakers but that wasn't an issue at all as we managed to understand each other very well. We choose having both breakfast and dinner at the Ryokan and it was delicious.
Your room will be transformed from day room (with table and cushions) to night room ( with mattress on floor). The room has air conditioner which came handy since in November temperatures start to decrese.
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Date of stay: November 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Australiafrancophile wrote a review Apr 2023
Brisbane, Australia94 contributions1 helpful vote
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My young adult son and I stayed 3 nights in February, booked directly with easy email communication in English.It was my third visit and the fourth for my son.
We went out of our way to come here from Tokyo to enjoy the hospitality, the food and the atmosphere of this small family run ryokan.
I recommend rooms with a river view.I prefer the upstairs room with a private bathroom.
Thank you to all the staff and a special thank you to Sumiko-san who serves the meals.
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Lovely to have a river view room,
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Soujourner2014 wrote a review Dec 2023
Canberra, Australia18 contributions12 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to gain an insight into Japanese life, people and their traditions this is a lovely place to stay. It is a ryokan run by some elderly local people in a very old Japanese house. It’s such a change from standard hotels and we’re so glad we experienced a little bit of Japanese home life. We had a wonderful elderly lady who seemed to run the place and who we nicknamed “mama Takayama” as she looked after us so well. The staff don’t speak alot of English but are very warm and attentive. You sleep on the floor - and during the day the bedding is magically put away and you gain a tearoom! The breakfast is very good (you can opt for traditional Japanese which we had or Western style) and there’s an onsen which was a real bonus on freezing winter days. Excellent location - walking distance to everything. A lovely place to stay 2-3 nights.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jenny C wrote a review Nov 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The hosts at Sumiyoshi Ryokan are delightful. Our room was spacious and included comfortable chairs and a table next to the window with views over the river. Okamisan even brought us some of her plum wine for us to try. Our room was warm and comfortable and the bath was amazing.
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Don'tWaitForRetirement wrote a review Jan 2019
California4,978 contributions1,227 helpful vote
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our travel agent booked 2 nights for us at this 'traditional Japanese inn' ryokan in Nov 2018 which included breakfast and dinner. The overall experience was extremely memorable and authentic and was made extra special by the personable staff and the on-site private on-sen. For some, it may be a touch rough around the edges. Read on to read about our experience. If you found this review helpful or informational in any way, please click the thank button. Thank you.

CONVENIENT LOCATION
-Located within approx 15 min walk from the Takayama station. We wheeled our carry-on size luggage from the station to the ryokan. I recommend carry-on size luggage only if touring Japan -- pack light! The inn is also located near the morning market, shops and restaurants. We thought Takayama was a charming town.

CHARMING HOSTS
-We arrived late in the afternoon and were greeted by the sweet, friendly, albeit elderly Japanese man and woman who speak limited Engrish, but that's part of the fun and charm. They manage to communicate!

-The woman showed us around the ryokan, including the onsen area which is in a community (shared) part of the ryokan (i.e. not part of your room), but is private when you're using it. It's on a first-come-first-served basis and you lock the door.

-Upon arrival, we were served matcha tea -- a welcome drink for weary travelers!

A LOT OF FOOD!
-We had a meal plan included where we were served traditional Japanese food for dinner and breakfast. (Although we were offered a 'Continental' style breakfast as an option which I took one morning). The food keeps coming and coming and was really too much -- unfortunately we probably wasted about half of it. The food was good however and was an excellent way to force yourself to try traditional Japanese food. The woman shows you how to cook it in the hotpot and how to eat it. If we did it again, we would have opted out of the meals on the second day and eaten in town for variety.

ON-SITE AMENITIES INCLUDED
-They provide yukata -- a type of Japanese robe -- in the room which you can wear throughout the ryokan. The woman showed us how to tie it as we had it all wrong! They were very clean and really added to the authentic experience.

-The on-site onsens (Japanese mineral spas) are a nice touch. (There are two). It wasn't really how I imagined (More 'tiled hot tub' than 'outdoor dreamy rustic'!), but it was a nice touch for our tired traveler muscles. There are instructions on the wall of what to do and what not to do. It's a communally shared onsen, but it's private while you're in there. (i.e. you lock the door). First you shower off and then step into the hot bath/hot tub. You really only need 5-10 mins in the hot bath. Then you dry off and put your yukata back on and walk back to your room. There are also sinks in the onsen area where you can brush your teeth, etc. I think this is for guests that don't have an ensuite as part of their room.

-Amenities are provided such as toothbrushes, combs, hairbrushes, towels, shampoo, shower gel, conditioner, hairdryer, in-room robes, in-room mini fridge, in-room small TV, phone, heater.

-Cloth slippers in sizes S/M/L are provided while in the ryokan -- you leave your outdoor shoes at the door near the lobby. Slippers look like they are used over and over, so I kept my socks on. ;)

AN AUTHENTIC, RELAXING EXPERIENCE
-During the day, we had a low table in our room which was used for eating/drinking. In the evening, the staff came in, removed the table and laid down a mattress on the tatami mats (futon style on the floor) and made it up with sheets, pillows and blankets that they store in a cupboard in the room. I will say the blankets looked a bit grubby around the edges.

-Very quiet! Everyone talks in hushed voices and slides their door to their room quietly.

-We had a nice view of the tree-lined river and bridge from our room which you could sit and look out on, sipping a drink from the table and chairs provided.

-I mentioned that the experience could be a little rough-around-the-edges for some. Remember that this isn't a modern, sparkling hotel with young peppy English-speaking staff (see my photos for some cleanliness issues/rustic-ness) but it WILL BE a charming experience you'll likely remember forever.

If you found this review helpful or informational in any way, please click the thank button. Happy travels.
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Date of stay: November 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Venture8432 wrote a review Jul 2004
4 contributions41 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Such a warm and sweet and awesome place! A cozy, clean, comfortable and friendly traditional ryokan, but the best thing must be the food! Amazing. A great way to sample all the regional foods and dishes. Great location - a little away from the train station (which is good), right on the bank of the Miyagawa river, with most rooms having river views. The hosts were amazingly hospitable and warm, as were the sweet staff. A great place for a first-time ryokan visit - it was ours and they were extremely patient and obliging! Great facilities, great size room, bath facilites were great. Highly recommended - Takayama is awesome!
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Date of stay: June 2004
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Globetrotterdog wrote a review May 2015
London, United Kingdom140 contributions72 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here on the recommendation of our travel agent for the traditional inn experience. This was our first traditional experience. For the traditional experience we give it 5 stars. The owners are absolutely delightful and the food is excellent. However, this experience was not for us and following our stay we cancelled our other Ryokan bookings. Why? Rooms are small - there was no where to put our luggage - we had to leave it in the corridor. There was nowhere to put our clothes - specifically wet jackets a real problem. Every time we wanted the bathroom we had to wait and go back 2-3 times until we found it empty. The futon beds are rolled out in the evening and up in the morning which means that the only place you have to relax during the day is the floor. You eat on the floor for breakfast and dinner. For us this was not comfortable and whilst we understand that this is traditional we wanted some comfort and privacy as it's not cheap! We'd previously stayed in a lovely hotel with Japanese rooms elsewhere and had a much better experience. I reiterate 5 stars plus to the hosts and staff there for their enthusiasm & welcome & fabulous food (which may be a bit challenging if you don't have a really wide palate). Three stars for the accommodation standard. We've experienced it - but won't be back.
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Date of stay: May 2015
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Sputnikboy wrote a review May 2015
Tokyo, Japan370 contributions199 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Since I considered the experience of staying in a traditional ryokan a "must" of my travel in Japan, I wasted no chance in booking at Sumiyoshi Ryokan when I saw a bargain deal for the date I was looking for.

The ryokan is located about fifteen minutes on foot from Takayama station, in a quiet side street near Yayoi Bashi bridge, far from cars and crowds. The building is an ancient merchant house build in the Taisho era. Right on the other side of the river there's Miyagawa morning market.

The entrance hall is quite a sight, with an original samurai armor and a collection of dolls and pottery.
The two owners, while limited in their english, are absolutely lovely and extremely helpful: they were eager to explain the house and showed me around.
The room had all the amenities one could ask for: heater, A/C, TV, private bathroom and a lovely view over the river: sipping green tea while sitting on the veranda with that view feels great after a long day of sightseeing. Toiletries, slippers and yukata are provided. The wifi is available everywhere, it is fast and reliable.
The two onsen (private use possible) were simply fantastic, especially the bigger one with the wooden bath and river view.
The tiny garden is well kept but it was too cold outside to enjoy it so I limited myself to some pictures.

Being a person who likes to eat, and eat a lot, I was kinda concerned that the meals would not be enough for me: I was wrong.
Dinner was delicious, perfectly served and rich: sushi, sashimi, hida meat, veggies, even a tasty dessert. I was totally satisfied. Same goes for breakfast, it was perfect to start the day with energy.

When the night came, the ladies at the ryokan prepared the futon: I had no problem in sleeping "japanese style"; I felt quite comfortable actually.

The last morning I asked the host if I could leave my luggage in the ryokan for some hours, while I was going to check a couple of traditional houses and a temple: he said there was no problem. Another plus for this fantastic place.
When it was time to check-out I was given a small lovely gift: so kind on their part, I loved it! At the end I was really sorry to move out from Sumiyoshi, I wish my stay could have been longer.

After my experience I can see why Sumiyoshi is touted as the best accomodation in Takayama: the location, the interior, the room, the meals, the perfect services and the price too makes it HIGHLY reccomended.
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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ConeHeadToronto wrote a review Oct 2009
Toronto21 contributions55 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I both found a bit disappointed because this ryokan has been rated as #1. We had a hard time struggling to understand which category (location, facility, food & service) earns this rating or may be it is us.
I will start with its location, Sumiyoshi is backing to a big water ditch not really a river as people were describing it. The building itself is so old that it smells, on the 2nd floor you actually smell gasoline (not sure from it comes from) ...besides the owner collects antiques, I believe there are many reasons that this place earn that "antique" title...from antique smelling & coloured beddings to their facilities. They have make shift sinks in a big room surrounded by antique collection...I felt like I am in a high priced hostel.
The quality of the meals (dinner & breakfast) they served are really poor, from quality to the type of choices (cheap ingredients), definitely, the value is not there. Unfortunately, the service we received did not improve the situation, the ladies were rush in and out to bring you the courses.....we travelled 12 days in Japan and believe that was the worst meal and service we had.
They also don't provide free bike as mentioned by previous reviewers, they do have a bike rental next door if you wish to rent it.
In summary, after we did some research in Takayama while we were there, we found out that with additional Can$50 p.p. we could get spa / onsen, clean and better facility ryokan with better looking dinner menu (as we have not try it) in town which is centrally located as well......we were very very confused why this place can be rated as #1 of 113 ryokans. Because we had 25 years of travelling experience from hostels to luxury hotels and still don't see the balance in this one. Price vs Value.
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Date of stay: October 2009
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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btrflytrvlr asked a question Nov 2017
California45 contributions6 helpful votes
Do you have rotenburo?
Answer from Derek B
Ottawa, Canada6 contributions2 helpful votes
Am not sure what a rotenburo is? They do have a large and a small ofuro, which is a Japanese bath, not an onsen, (hot spring version).
Audrey P asked a question Oct 2017
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions10 helpful votes
Do you rooms have heaters? Do you have rooms with bathroom and toilets attached? (no sharing)
Australia872 contributions233 helpful votes
Yes the rooms have heaters as well as air-conditioning. We were warm in February. Only one room has private shower and toilet.Two other rooms have private toilet but no shower. The shared bath/shower rooms are lockable and private. It is an amazing place.
Regina G asked a question Feb 2017
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Hi, can i check if you provide free parking at your ryokan?
Answer from chauping1012
Hong Kong, China82 contributions16 helpful votes
They have free parking, it is close to their ryokan.
Answer from DocLedge
Toronto, Canada40 contributions9 helpful votes
Sorry. Trip Advisor does not allow disclosure of website links. try to google: sumiyoshiryokan
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Australiafrancophile wrote a tip Apr 2023
Brisbane, Australia94 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Lovely to have a river view room,"
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Connie C wrote a tip Jan 2020
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"One room has an en-suite bathroom and a view of the river"
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Brooke wrote a tip Sept 2019
11 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The room with the river view was wonderful (lots of natural light and the rushing water sound in the background)"
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LadyHandlesVagen wrote a tip Apr 2019
6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Some rooms have river views which are nice"
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David R wrote a tip Mar 2019
Hollywood, Florida4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$178 - $331 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
JapanChubuTokaiGifu PrefectureTakayamaHidatakayama Onsen / Takayama Station
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sumiyoshi Ryokan
Which popular attractions are close to Sumiyoshi Ryokan?
Nearby attractions include Dekonaru-za (0.2 km), Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall (0.4 km), and Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sumiyoshi Ryokan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a hot tub, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Sumiyoshi Ryokan?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Sumiyoshi Ryokan?
Conveniently located restaurants include NINJA Café TAKAYAMA (cafe), Heianraku, and Hida Takayama Gyoza Sohonzan.
Is Sumiyoshi Ryokan located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Takayama.
Are there any historical sites close to Sumiyoshi Ryokan?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Takayama Jinya (0.7 km), Yoshijima Heritage House (0.1 km), and Kusakabe Folk Museum (0.1 km).
Does Sumiyoshi Ryokan have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
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