Not somthing to dislike, but just stating a fact - it's not cheap....but worth the splurge to experience the hospitality at a traditional ryokan.
Helpful, friendly yet humble staff. Good loaction - within walking distance to JR station and bus station and the old town; easy access to sightseeing spots.
Clean, comfortable and cosy acommodation; spacious rooms. Warm and toasty, although there was heavy snow outside. Traditional feel with modern amenities. Basically, the moment we stepped in, we were so pampered and well-taken care of - the luggage was whisked off to our room, our wet shoes were dried with a dryer by the staff before being placed neatly on the shoe rack)...the staff did everything to ensure we were comfortable and well-fed.
We booked a family room for 4, with half board - the kaiseki dinner was a sight to behold and an unforgettable experience. Breakfast was very substantial too. The staff explained what each little dish was, and the 2 ladies took pride serving dinner to us (in a private room). We liked the indoor and outdoor onsen too. We spent the whole stay dressed in the yukata provided (different designs to choose from).
On our day of departure, we got snowed in - all train services and many bus services were suspended. Thank goodness for Tanabe - the staff took pains to help us call and enquire about transport out of Takayama, and helped us reserve seats for the last bus service to Tokyo. After our check-out, there was a long wait for transport services to be sorted out for us, but again, they took care of everything - we just left our luggage with them and could still pop in and out of the ryokan till our eventual departure.
We had a great experience at Tanabe and highly recommend this acommodation.
Takayama was so much more memorable because of our experience at Ryokan Tanabe.