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Offering traditional Japanese-style accommodations with spacious public baths, Yatsusankan is a 6-minute walk from JR Hidafurukawa Train Station. They accommodated for our early check in time, held onto our luggage for us after checkout while we walked around the town, and even escorted us by driving our luggage and us to the station as it was raining. There were not a lot of other guests at the time so it was quiet and we had most of the facilities to ourselves. All staff were friendly and great, the food was amazing, and the onsen were nice and hot with a few varieties. There is free tea and snacks in the rooms and they set up your futons during dinner. Most facilities are open until 6:30-11:30 which is nice and there is even a smaller bath that is open 24hours.
I ended up there in a way by mistake, thinking it was part of Takayama. It turned out to be 20 minutes further down the line by train, but so tranquil, traditional and quaint.Very "un-touristy" Easy to walk into the countryside -to see the farms, the hills, the nearby woods. Easy to get into Takayama by train and to explore other highlights of the area. I loved going out to the old village of Shirakawa-go to see the steeply sloping thatched roofs of the gassho-zukuri houses. Four distinct seasons. This is such a beautiful part of Japan.
It started snowing when we were there and it was so beautiful looking out from Yatsusankan Ryokan's window from our 3rd floor room. It was not difficult to find halal food in Takayama for Muslims travellers like our family as there is a Hida Muslims Friendly group who took the trouble to make reservations for us to have non-pork and non-alcohol food. It was a pleasant stay at Hida and Takayama as a whole.
I've been to Hidatafurugawa for the second time, and it still doesn't let me down. It might be my favorite little town in Japan or even on Earth. Everyone should try the Kaiseiki style Japanese dinner in Yatsusankan, it's a unforgettable experience.
Wonderful small town of HidaFurukawa was a delightful change to the hustle and bustle of the larger cities, although it’s like comparing apples to oranges. Well worth going to see, not far from Takayama on the local train. Can recommend the Satoyama bicycle or walking tour, which can be booked at the tourist information bureau in Takayama.. Wish we could have stayed longer in this part of Japan.
Great little town... with very nice people that are eager to help you experience their Japanese customs....you have to see the town walking to feel how amazingly organise, clean and well preserved it is. We are seniors, and found the walk easy, very enjoyable and great! Ask the hotel reception, for the name (Naruka? Not sure of the name) in town, of a very little place, that serve good ramen and delicious soups!
HidaFurukawa is a very small city, a 10 minutes walk it's enough to see it. 10/15 minutes away by train it's Takayama (HidaTakayama) which is where you can spend a very nice day walking it's streets and temples, it was a nice surprise for us, especially it's old town.