Wanosato Takayama

Takayama, Japan

At a Glance

  • Located in rural Japan, close by to historic Takayama and UNESCO protected Shirakawago

  • The ryokan has only 8 rooms, so it feels traditional, intimate and welcoming

  • Sit around the 'irori' hearth, a local fireplace that takes centre stage in the property

  • One of the few remaining high quality ryokans with a traditional Gassho-zukuri thatched roof

  • Experience local Japanese food cooked in a traditional way by your hosts

  • Try a traditional shared onsen for those who feel brave enough

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Japan kicks off its year with cold winter days and the odd snowfall. Although temperatures occasionally drop below freezing, winter (December to February) is usually reasonable. Spring (March to May) brings pleasant, warm days, and, of course, cherry blossoms – early April is probably the best time to view the blooms. Summer (June to August) is hot and muggy. Late June can see torrential rains. The temperature and humidity are at their worst in August. Apart from spring, autumn (September to November) is the most pleasant season as temperatures cool down to a cosy level and days are often clear and fine. Autumn also means the return of the dramatic foliage season, when the parks and green areas of the city mellow into varying hues of orange and red. In the Japanese Alps the temperatures are much cooler and snow is likely during the cooler months.

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A beautiful Japanese Ryokan just twenty minutes from historic Takayama, Wanosato is surrounded by forested hills and traditional Japanese villages. Dating back 160 years, with a rare Gasso-zukuri thatched roof, Wanosato is a truly unique place.

Dating back over 160 years, and with only eight rooms, it js immediately clear that Wanosao is a special place to stay. Perched in a forested area next to Miyagawa River, Wanosato is just 20 minutes from historic Takayama, and not far from the UNESCO protected village of Shiragawago. Wanosato is both brilliantly located and full of charm.

The ancient minka (house of the people) has a Gassho-zukuri roof, a unique thatched and steeply pitched roof that is only found in this small region of Japan. Inside you'll find traditional and spacious rooms, as well as an irori fireplace at the centre, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere each evening and the perfect place to enjoy sake and share stories. There are no private hot spring baths, but there is a beautiful communal onsen for guests. Dining is an elaborate affair, with the hosts serving local and traditional Japanese cuisine.

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The eight rooms are simple but comfortable traditional Japanese style rooms with private bathrooms, hardwood floors, futon beds and wooden beams. They are full of character and very in keeping with a traditional ryokan.


  • 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.

Holiday Ideas

  • Epic Japan

    Osaka, Toyooka, Kyoto, Takayama & Tokyo

    from £10000 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Devour the many culinary highlights throughout this epic trip, staying in chic and stylish hotels with the best access to restaurants, bars and markets
    • Take fun and vibrant guided tours in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, cities known for their love of eating, delicious street food, Buddhist temples and magical gardens
    •  Head to the Japanese Alps for lush beauty and mesmerising scenery with its many shrines and temples hidden in the hillside

Location & directions

Takayama, Japan

Wanosato is approximately 20 minutes from historic Takayama, sitting in the stunning mountainous of the Gifu prefecture.

How to get there

Takayama is straightforward to get to, taking approximately 4 hours from Tokyo, stopping via Nagoya en route. Firstly take a Shinkansen bullet train to Nagoya followed by a train to Takayama that takes just over two hours. Takayama is also just a few hours drive from Kanazawa via the beautiful village of Shirakawago.

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