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Magoemon

Style: Gassho-Zukuri

Price: ¥7000 ~ ¥10000

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Address (English)

360 Ogicho Shirakawa-mura
Shirakawa-mura
Gifu-ken

Address (Japanese)

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Welcome to Magoemon. This is one of the larger Gassho Zukuri style of accommodations in Shirakawa-go with six guest rooms accommodating up to 18 guests. There is a Japanese-style open hearth, and from Magoemon guests can even see an old fashioned wooden suspension bridge over the famous Shirokawa river. Magoemon serves fresh, seasonal vegetables throughout the year. Check-in is after 15:00 and check-out is before 10:00 am. Snow Warning: There is a lot of snow in Shirakawa-go in January and February so please bring a pair of snow boots. Shirakawa-go can get up to 2 meters (over 6 feet) of snow in February.

Facilities

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GUEST ROOMS

  • Japanese Style Room with Private Bath
  • Japanese Style Room with Private Toilet Avialable
  • Large Japanese Style Room (4 or more guests)
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Hanare, (Private Guest Residence)
  • Towels
  • Single Guests:
  • Children under 12 Years allowed:

HOT SPRINGS and BATHING FACILITIES

  • Shared Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Hot Spring Bath in Guest Room
  • Private Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Hot Spring Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Hot Spring Bath
  • Shared Outdoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Outdoor Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Bath (Both Genders)

MEALS

  • Dinner and Breakfast Plan Available
  • Breakfast Plan Only Available
  • No Meal Plan Available
  • Special Meal Request (e.g. No Pork)
  • Vegetarian Meals (with fish)
  • Vegetarian Meals (no fish but with fish broth)
  • Western-style Breakfast
  • Dinner Served in Guest Room
  • Breakfast Served in Guest Room

OTHER

  • English Ability of the Ryokan Staff/Owners: A Little English Spoken
  • Internet Connection: No Internet Connection
  • Parking: Free Parking
  • Curfew Time: 22:00
  • Pickup Service:
  • Pay with a Credit Card:
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An unforgettable experience

Xavier

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Catalonia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Staying at Magomeon was a very peaceful experience. The staff doesn’t speak ANY english, but they are so kind and sympathetic that it wasn’t a problem. My wife didn’t want to go there, but now she wants to return there :).

Indhipakul Sornprasith

Indhipakul

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Kingdom of Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Great food Good place I and my family have a nice stay here. The fireplace inside the minshuku is so amazing that it can really grill for us all. Actually I\'d like to experience the snow in winter but it will be too cold. I found no bed bug here but my family got some itchy pricking.

Bed bugs

Yiran

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 1

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 1

I agree with the wonderful reviews others have contributed about the food and bath at Magoemon. Unfortunately, my experience was ruined by the bed bug infestation at Magoemon. I found bed bugs in my room, evidence of them in the quilts and was bitten by them about 50 times in 1 night. The itchiness from the red rashes which developed was excruciating and long-lasting. Worst hotel stay of my life and very disappointed with the owners. Rethink if you are planning to stay because it is not worth being bitten.

Awesome <3

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Awesome day and night in a peaceful place <3

Impressive food and atmosphere!

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The food is more than great!! Especially, the beef and the fish. I\'d like to spend the night there again.

Fabulous experience, wonderful hosts, delicious food... what more could one wish for?

Beth

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My friend and I enjoyed a night at Magoemon in late March of 2015. The reservation process itself was clear and smooth, and the staff also helped us understand the bus schedules as we wished to also visit Ainokura (if you visit Shirakawa-go, you must also visit Ainokura... the museums there are excellent and the town has a very different feel). The family who run Magoemon were lovely people. Since I speak Japanese, I was able to find out more about their home, their history, and to understand the love they feel for keeping alive these traditions to share with visitors. I found out that several of my Japanese friends had also stayed at Magoemon, years ago, and the very same family took great care of them as well. Bring really warm sleeping things if you come in winter, as the heaters smell like kerosene and if you don\\\'t enjoy that smell, you\\\'ll prefer to bundle up and put on loads of blankets. We thought that was fun. Also the bath. And great food... and I can not recommend Magoemon highly enough!! Go and enjoy!!

Good experience in Japanese style

Julia

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We stayed at Magoemon for one night and enjoyed it thoroughly. It\'s a pity we couldn\'t speak Japanese and was not able to communicate with the host, an elderly lady and there was no other staff found to communicate when there was a need. Both the dinner and breakfast were so delicious that we ate 3 bowls of rice. It was really a good experience staying in a traditional Japanese home but we were only confined to the 2 rooms and the dining area. However, it was better then staying in a hotel because of the experience. On the whole, we love it!

Great accomodation in a wonderful place

Jordan

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Malaysia

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

We stayed during the month of March where there happened to be snowfall. Upon arrival, we were brought to our room which was cozy. It was furnished with a table with electric heating underneath and futons around. As the weather was cold, this provided much comfort. When dinner was ready, we were called to the dining area for a delicious meal prepared with their local ingredients. This was the same for the breakfast. The public bath was clean and with a hot bath, it was refreshing on a cold day. The sleep at night was comfortable due to the lack of noise in the village. I would recommend staying here to experience the life in a village.

One-off Experience

Ken

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Let me start by saying it was a great experience. The food was excellent and I think it\'s good value for the experience. It was picture-perfect in every way. Shirakawa-go village was nicely laid out, snow-covered and snow flakes falling. Viewing area was quite a walk but worth it. As for Mogoemon..I arrived earlier than expected but was not allowed to check-in until 3pm, although it was empty and the rooms were ready. Was half expecting as this was my experience throughout my Japan visit. But why? Initially, the daughter of the house (host) was rather stress. It shows as she was not as approachable and friendly. When I came out to the dining room to look at her father grill the fish over an open stove, she frowned at me. Ummmh.. I didn\'t really want to upset the host so I quickly went back to the room until called for dinner. She look a lot more friendly in the morning. The night was cold as the \'kerosene\' heater just shut down automatically. Just as well my wife and I had sleeping socks and binnies. Couldn\'t turn the heater back on as instructions were in Japanese and didn\'t have the gumption to wake the host, after my experience the evening before. Overall, the experience has been great except for the cold at night. Yes, I would stay again. Host must had a bad hair day!

Perfect in every way!

Joan Charmaine

Month Of Visit: January

Country Of Reviewer: Philippines

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

I stayed at Magoemon with my mom and friend for a night. We arrived early so we just left our bags in the room and explored outside. It was really cold when we were in Shirakawa-go so it was a good thing that all the rooms had electric warmers inside. The food was delicious! We can\'t stop raving about it until now. Everything was so fresh. The host family was very friendly and helpful. Rooms were clean and quiet. Bathrooms were also spotless, just don\'t forget to bring a pair of fuzzy socks if you go during winter time. The hallways to the common toilets are not heated, so the floors are cold. Overall, the best experience I have had in Japan! I will definitely be back.

very unique and wonderful stay

wei kiong

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

i spent one night at magoemon last dec and it must one of the best stay i had in a traditional guest house and dinner. The food was really good and feels really like home. The owners were very nice and the whole place was clean and tidy. there was even a hot traditional bath in the house and it was good relief from the cold and snow outside. would definitely stay in the house again when i m back !

Wonderful stay

Month Of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

My wife and I travel to Japan almost yearly and try to find unique and special places to visit between our stays in Tokyo and Kyoto. This year, we were fortunate to find the village of Shirakawa-go and their Gassho style homes and ryokans. Staying at the Megoemon ryokan was a wonderful experience taking us back to how it might have been in the \"Old Days.\" The village is amazing, but staying overnight at the Megoemon after the tourist leave is unforgetable. You really get a sense of how it might have been in times past. The hospitality was great and the food outstanding. One can truly imagine how it must have been living in a Gassho stay home, especailly when they stoke the fire in the hearth and cook the sweet fish for the guests. I would recommend this adventure for anyone looking for a special treat.

Interesting experience

Jerika

Month Of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: Belgium

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Shirakawa-go is certainly a very interesting location. For the lovers of culture it is an excellent place to go. We spent one night there. The staff is very friendly. They don\'t speak English or have limit knowledge of it but with some effort you can understand everything. They are cordial and friendly. The rooms are large. It is a traditional ryokan. Don\'t expect luxury and comfortable chairs or bed. Mattresses are provided and you have to sit on the floor. The food was very good, a lot of variety and different tastes. Breakfast is warm traditional japanese style. They were friendly enough to cook our eggs (for the japanese tourists it was raw). You receive traditional clothes and had the change to walk with wooden slippers. Important: visit as much as you can during day light because in the evening is extremely dark outside and full of bugs.

Beautiful place, warm welcome

Melissa

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My son and I stayed here for one night. It was a beautifully maintained home next to the river. The accommodations were very comfortable. Shared bathroom was not a problem - very clean and well kept. The meals were perfectly prepared and presented. Our visit to Shirakawa was the highlight of our 2 week trek across Japan. I highly recommend this peaceful retreat!

More than a guest house..

Féssal

Month Of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: Kuwait

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I say this because the owner of this Gassho personally took us with her car to the buss station because it was raining.. She waited in the car with us and did not leave until we were up on the buss To me that was the highlight of my stay.. That kind of thoughtfulness Needless to say.. The rooms and the view.. The surroundings and the kind of guests staying there are all breathtaking Mr. Féssal Rajab voltafy@gmail.com

Good experience, great food

Edwin

Month Of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

The breakfast and dinner were absolutely delightful. Room was comfortable. Since there is only one bathroom, it can get quite crowded at \"peak hour\". Overall, a must-do experience in Shirakawa-go.

Beautiful experience

Paul

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: The Netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

It was very enjoyable to stay here. Quiet, clean rooms, toilets and bathroom. The dinner and breakfst were very delicious more than enough

A memorable experience

Nadirah

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Malaysia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

The four of us stayed here for 1 night, and it was a splendid stay! We had the front room, and it was large enough for the four of us. The futon is great, dinner and breakfast was exceptionally delicious, and the host was very kind. Definitely one of our more memorable experience for a more traditional Japanese feel.

Excellent place

Alejandro

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Argentina

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Excellent place to stay, though so limited English is spoken. Anyway...you can easily and happily survive anyway ;-)

A truly wonderful experience that we will remember for a long time

Chunzhen

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Dinner and breakfast with the other guests from Japan, France and Australia was the most memorable experience to my family. Food was excellent. Hostesses always showed up at the right time, as if they could gauge exactly when we needed their service.

Totally worth the money

Phattharaphong

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We spent only 1 nighht here but it really impress us all. Oba-chan is so kind. The atmosphere is great even without snow. The food is one of the best in our trip, the beef and fish are so delicious we can\'t stop eating it. The rice also very good that we have to fill up many times. The location is a bit difficult to find but very close to the entrance of the village. The room amy be a bit too small for 3 people so oba-chan give us 3 rooms for 6 people which is very impressive. We were very enjoy staying here. Only thing that disturb me is that we have 1 children (4 years olds) with us and in the web it said we don\'t have to pay, but actually she charged us for 1,000 yen for the kids. At least it shoukd be mentioned clearly in the epwebsite or since the check-in process.

worth it!

Angelica

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Brazil

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Stayed one night here and had the best night of sleep in onde Monty traveling through Asia.

Enjoying surrounded by snow

Daniel

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Spain

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Snow everywhere! We spent a cold day in Shirakawa-Go, and, despite of that, the house was incredible. The room was directly in front of the river and quiet night: only the sound of water descending the valley could be heard. Great traditional dinner and breakfast, unique atmosphere and hot bath to relax. We will never forget this experience!

Stay a Night in Gassho style

Preechaya

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

I stayed a night here totally 4 guests. They prepared 2 connected room for us with the river view from our rooms. We really love their dinner. Enjoy hida beef with miso sauce and grilled fish. The bath room, we had to share but its clean and hot water are comfortably.

I love the place

Duangruedee

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The house is very comfortable. The room is clean. Bathroom & toilet is perfect. The food is very nice. We had very good time in the house.

Unforgetable memory

Waraluck

Month Of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We spent 1 night at Magoemon (one part of our Honeymoon trip in Japan Y2014), it\'s more than our expected. So lucky for us when we woke up - outside having snow!!!...so romantic when we had breakfast and looking outside when had snow. Bedroom style Ryokan is fantastic experienced. Good memory of hot tube and can see snow outside. Wanna come back again. So warm welcome as a family from the owners of this house (uncle & aunty). Wanna come back again :)

A very nice stay

Tram

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

We had a very nice stay here. The room was small but comfortable enough. It has nice view when we open the side-door. The heater was old and blew out oil smell when starting, but it\'s fine anyway and warm enough. The bathroom is clean and the meals are all very delicious. We love our stay and would like to come back one day.

Definitely a good choice!

Xue ren

Month Of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: Malaysia

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Clean room, friendly staffs, good foods (Especially the fish), easy to access location! An unforgettable experience!

A very good place to stay

Chun-Fu

Month Of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: Taiwan

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

This 280-year-old house is quite good. The staffs are nice.

The best of the best!

Waricha

Month Of Visit: January

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I spent one night at magoemon last January. Everything is splendid! The traditional guestroom and bathroom. Dinner with hida beef and grilled fish was wonderful! I\'m planing to visit here again this winter!
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