Stay at a Traditional Guest House in Toyama Stay at a Traditional Guest House in Toyama

Stay at a Traditional Guest House in Toyama


2017.08.30

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Stay at a Traditional Guest House in Toyama

Despite Japan’s pride in many of its customs, traditional Japanese guest houses can be hard to find due to hosts believing most travelers are more comfortable with modern accommodation. While modern hotels often offer little character, a traditional ryokan promises a new experience and these two in Toyama Prefecture are here to do just that.

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    Yamashita-ya Guest House

    The rural location of Yamashita-ya Guest House in the southwestern Nanto region of Toyama is well worth the trek. Tucked away in a valley surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Gokayama mountains, this unassuming guest house is just a five-minute bus journey from the thatched roofs of Ainokura Village.

    Yamashita-ya Guest House

    Yamashita-ya Guest House

    Whether you’ll be occupying one bed in a shared dormitory or you’re looking for a bit more space in a private room as a couple or family, the experience is guaranteed to be a traditional Japanese one with the whole guest house decked out with tatami mat flooring and slippers provided to shuffle around the cosy rooms. A night in a dormitory comes in at just 3,000 yen and private rooms are up to 15,000 yen for a six-person room. Add the optional breakfast for 400 yen.

    Yamashita-ya Guest House

    Yamashita-ya Guest House

    Along with the counter seats for breathtaking views over the garden and surroundings, one of the guest house’s main interior features is its bar which serves up local craft beers til 10:30pm. Although nightlife isn’t what people come to the Nanto mountains for, just a short walk down the road to Murakami-ke hamlet are a number of restaurants including one that specialises in all things tofu. Make it for the last weekend of September and you can catch the traditional dance festival when the valley echoes with the joyful sounds of the local celebrations.

    Make your way to the guest house either by car where you’ll be greeted with free parking outside the hostel or take the 90-minute bus ride from Takaoka for just 1,200 yen.

    Guest House YAMASHITA-YA
    place
    839 Kaimukura Takaoka Toyama
    phone
    0763773264

    2021/02/07Check-in (2 persons per room)※Nightly fee per person Update date:2021/01/24

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    Daibutsu Ryokan

    Daibutsu Ryokan

    Daibutsu Ryokan

    In the heart of Toyama’s craft-centric city of Takaoka is the 80-year-old Daibutsu Ryokan. This authentic guest house acquired its name for its location just a stone’s throw from the Takaoka Daibutsu, a Great Buddha statue with a neighboring temple on its grounds. Welcomed in by the modest host, one step inside the building and you can feel its age and history while the soft carpeted corridors give the peaceful guest house a homely vibe.

    Daibutsu Ryokan

    Daibutsu Ryokan

    Located over the two-story building are twenty traditional tatami rooms which range from 3,000 yen per person for a basic room up to 10,000 yen per person if you’re looking for a little more luxury. For the higher end guest rooms, paper sliding doors divide the spacious bedrooms from your own private balcony which gives views onto the traditional Japanese gardens found in the center of the house. Meals are also included in some of the more pricey deals with the option to add on Japanese breakfast or dinner.

    Daibutsu Ryokan

    Daibutsu Ryokan

    The authentic experience doesn’t finish at the guest rooms with washing time taking place in the shared bathroom. The typical deep, corner bath and stone-paved floor make for a more fulfilling bathtime thanks to the relaxing layout. While this makes it more suitable as an evening activity, head to the public bath in the morning if you’d rather stick to bathing in private.

    Daibutsu Ryokan Hotel
    rating

    4.0

    19 Reviews
    place
    1276 Daibutsu-machi\Takaoka Toyama
    phone
    0766210075

    2021/02/07Check-in (2 persons per room)※Nightly fee per person Update date:2021/01/24

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