Ryokan Asunaro

Takayama, Japan

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  • Enjoy authentic Japanese architecture in a restored Echigo farmhouse

  • Welcoming and helpful staff

  • Central location within easy walking distance of both Takayama Station and the old town

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The best and most popular times to visit Japan are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November). The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in early April. Autumn is an equally good time to travel, with pleasant temperatures and soothing autumn colours, which usually peak between late October and mid-November. Of course, you can visit Japan anytime although the summer, from June to August, can be very hot and humid, and winter can be a little chilly for some people’s taste.

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Enjoying a prime location close to both Takayama Station and town, Ryokan Asunaro offers authentic Japanese accommodation in a restored Echigo farmhouse, along with wonderful hospitality, hot spring baths and traditional cuisine.

This welcoming and friendly traditional ryokan is housed in a restored Echigo farmhouse, constructed using Japanese Zelkova wood moved from its original location in Northern Japan. As a result, Ryokan Asunaro contains many authentic features such as the impressive beamed lobby and the ‘irori’ sunken hearths that were used to heat the home and for cooking. The staff are attentive and helpful; the traditional Japanese-style rooms are spacious; the quality of the Japanese cuisine is excellent and there are shared hot spring baths for relaxing. Conveniently located, Ryokan Asunaro is under a 10-minute walk to Takayama Station and a short walk into the town itself.
There are 18 Japanese-style rooms. All are spacious with tatami flooring, futon beds, fusuma sliding doors and a comfortable seating area. While all feature an en-suite toilet, some rooms have shared bathroom facilities, so upgrade for a private en-suite. Upgraded rooms also feature a traditional ‘irori’ hearth and there is a choice of smoking and non-smoking. Standard amenities include Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, LCD TV, minibar, fridge, safe, kettle and yukata robes. Family rooms sleep up to six in two Western-style single beds and up to four futon beds. Both breakfast and dinner are served in the dining room and while the cuisine is traditionally Japanese, a Western breakfast can be arranged on request. Meals are prepared using fresh local ingredients, including the famous Hida beef and are of a high standard.
There are single sex hot spring bathing facilities for guests to relax in a traditional Japanese environment and massage is available if requested in advance. The ryokan also supplies complimentary bikes for guests to explore the area. For those looking for an authentic Japanese experience and an opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture, Ryokan Asunaro is highly recommended.
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Rooms are a pleasing blend of traditional Japanese design and modern amenities. Upgrade for private en-suite bathroom and an ‘irori,’ a traditional Japanese sunken hearth once used for heating the home or cooking food.


Children are welcome at the hotel and although there are no specific childcare facilities available family rooms can be booked, sleeping up to six guests.


Guests can enjoy single sex hot spring baths, as well as borrowing a complimentary bicycle for exploring the area.


Takayama old town which has been beautifully preserved from the Edo period is within easy walking distance, along with Hida Kokubunji Temple and the Yatai Kaikan Hall.


  • Full Day Walking Tour of Takayama

    Enjoy a walking tour of Takayama. Visit the morning farmer's market before exploring Takayama old town, lined with charming traditional buildings from the Edo period. Head to the Float Festival Museum then to Hida Folk Village, an open-air village museum.

  • Shirakawa-go Discovery

    Explore Shirakawa-go today by car, where the UNESCO listed village is known for their traditional roof that resembles the hands of Buddhist monk during prayers. Visit the open-air museum and stroll through the charming village.

Location & directions

Takayama, Japan

The hotel is centrally located and just a 10-minute walk from Takayama Station.

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