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Hisamatsu

Style: Gassho-Zukuri

Price Per Person:
¥9000 ~ ¥13000

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Address (English)

585 Ogi-machi, Shirakawa-mura
Ono -gun

Address (Japanese)

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Welcome to Hisamatsu. This Gassho-Zukuri was built during the Edo Period (1600-1868) and is perfect for guests looking to experience Japan in a very traditional way. It has 4 Japanese-style guest rooms. At the Hisamatsu none of the guest rooms have a private bath or toilet. From their room guest can enjoy the view on the mountain and on the Shirakawa-go village. Homemade Japanese-style cuisine is served to the guests at Hisamatsu. Warning: There is a lot of snow in Shirakawa-go in January and February so please bring a pair of 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

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

REGULAR BATHING FACILITIES

  • 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

  • Special Meal Request (e.g. No Pork)
  • Vegetarian Meals (with fish)
  • Vegetarian Meals (no fish but with fish broth)
  • Western-style Breakfast

DINING ARRANGEMENTS

  • Dinner Served in Guest Room
  • Breakfast Served in Guest Room

OTHER

  • English Ability of the Ryokan Staff/Owners: A Little English Spoken
  • Internet Connection: Wifi Available
  • Parking: Free Parking
  • Curfew Time: 21:30
  • Pickup Service:
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  • Children under 12 Years allowed:
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Ryokan Reviews:

Nice ^^

Surasri

Date of Review: July, 2017

Month of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The ryokan owner is very nice.The food is very yummy. The room is very clean.The traditional bed is very comfortable.We had the best time here.

Warm Experience

Kristin

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Lovely host who makes delicious meals. One of my favorite memories of my 10-day trip to Japan was waking up early to walk around the village then coming back to an amazing homemade breakfast around a fire.

Great food

Nicola

Date of Review: June, 2017

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: UK

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

Hisamatsu was a great place to stay while in Shirakawa-go, and the food we ate together was completely delicious. The only downside to staying here is that our room was only divided by a partition from the next room, so make sure you take earplugs so you\'re not disturbed by neighbouring snores. It was right in the middle of the village, you can park your car right outside the house and our hostess was friendly and happy to talk with us.

comfortable one night stay i shirakawago

Yinmeng

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

friendly host, clean & comfortable room, plentiful and tasty food. room furnishings are a tad worn out but functional. reminds me of staying with my aunt, warm and comfy.

My vacation in Shirakawa-go

LADLITTA

Date of Review: March, 2017

Month of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 3

Room Rating - 4

My family and I stayed at Hisamatsu only 1 night. The hostess is very friendly. Her cooking was very delicious. I am impressed with the cleanliness of the room and bathroom. I hope I will be back next time.

PERFECT

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Argentina

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The house is excellent. The lady of the house is wonderful. The food was amazing. We really recommend this place if you are going to Shirakawa-go. ;)

Relaxing stay at a beautiful traditional house

Month of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

My husband and I were looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, and Shirakawa-go is just the right place for it. We stayed at Hisamatsu for 1 night during our visit to Shirakawa-go. Hisamatsu is a lovely old (more than 100 years old) house, complete with a fire hearth and cypress wood bath tub. The landlady is very friendly and spoke some English so communication wasn't a problem. The food was great, and eating around the hearth gave just the right mood to the whole dining experience. Our room was simple but comfortable. We slept on futons on the floor like how it was done traditionally. Overall, we enjoyed our stay in Hisamatsu very much.

A Truly Amazing Experience

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

My October trip to Japan was the product of over ten years of planning, influenced by a myriad of sources. My wish to go to Shirakawa was due to my love of the horror series \'Higurashi no Naku Koro ni\', which Shirakawa-go was the inspiration for, as well as the serenity and history I felt from photographs of the town. Upon my arrival at Hisamatsu, I was greeted by the landlady who speaks quite good English. She helped my travelling companions and I settle in with a tea, while we planned our exploration of the town. My visit to Shirakawa-go is an experience that I hold dear to my heart, and my stay in Hisamatsu was a great part of it. One of the few authentic gassho-zukuri houses that is still allowed to use its irori hearth for cooking full meals, it was humbling to sleep in a building that is older than the founding of my country. The futon beds, shoji-screens and tatami floors were precisely what I had wanted to experience, while the place had the modern comforts of electricity to charge camera batteries, kerosene heaters and a modern western bathroom and toilet. Our landlady also was able to secure discount tickets to the town\'s onsen, which was a true indulgence. Included in the price is a traditional cooked breakfast and dinner. The landlady cooks it all herself, and guests eat in the communal dining room around the irori hearth. The night we stayed saw the first snow of the year fall on the mountains, and it was nice to heat ourselves around the hearth as we ate like royalty. I cannot recommend Hisamatsu enough. The landlady reliably speaks English and is happy to help with any and all inquiries, the rooms are traditional and immaculate and it is situated right in the heart of the historic village of Shirakawa. Do yourself a solid favour and stay here.

Fabulous stay!

Month of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

I loved loved loved the Gassho Zukuri experience and staying at Hisamatsu was wonderful! We arrived at the house a little early than most would (around 2 PM) as we were trying to make sure there were no problems during transit which would cause us to miss dinner (I read on some blogs you need to plan for these things). Got off the bus and walked per the direction across the bridge, to the main road, then on to the street where the house was. It was rather difficult finding it relying on house names alone, as neither my husband nor I speak/read Japanese, but the Hisamatsu house picture is so unique that upon noticing a house like that I was able to confirm that it was indeed our place of stay for the next 2 days. Greeted by an older lady who was walking out at the time; was then shown in the house and was greeted by another lady that was very nice, polite, and friendly. We then got ushered into the room, which was neat and there was even a heater in the room! Perfect for us Californians experiencing early November winter in Japan. There was Kotatsu in the middle of the room and they even provided us a cute Gassho-style snack and green tea to warm us up. Perfect first impression and experience. Dinner was out-of-this-world good and matched the experience overall. It was simple and homey cooking, yet delicious! Overnight stay was also comfortable, and breakfast the next morning was equally delicious. Oh, and they oven provided us some Kimonos in the room to change into, and that helped to make the experience even more authentic. Overall I truly enjoyed staying here and would recommend it to anyone wanting to experience a slice of 'real' Japan.

Like in a fairy tale

Month of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Italy

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

I really wanted to include Shirakawa-go in my 2 week tour of Japan and I'm so glad I did as it was the highlight of my whole trip! Hisamatsu made this stop unique. It's such a homey place where you have the feeling you can get in direct touch with the locals and their traditions, something not so easy to find while travelling. I'll never forget my encounter with the grandma of the house, who could not speak English. When I met her at the sink in the common bathroom of the house in the morning, she just smiled at me and opened the window to show me that it had snowed overnight and everything was covered in a thick 50 cm layer of white flakes. This is the best example to me of what you can find at Hisamatsu: simplicity and authenticity that go beyond words... and stay.

Winter Wonderland

Month of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Indoneisa

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

It was snowing when we went there and I'm so glad we made it there during that period. Hisamatsu is an excellent ryokan - modest rooms equipped with heaters and clean bathroom i really can't complain. Breakfast and dinner are definitely a plus point. Really yummy. I wish I could go back there during other seasons. =)

Fantastic experience

Month of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Visiting Shirakawa-go was definitely the highlight of our family holiday. The hostess was so accommodating, going out of her way to make it easy to not only get to the Ryokan (we arrived quite late at night) but to make our little kids comfortable. It was cold, but the beds were warm and it was so nice waking up and walking around the village. Just magical! thank you! Also thanks to the staff at Japanese Guest Houses who were very helpful in getting us to and from Shirakawa-go. Thanks!

We are back...

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Malaysia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

This is my second time staying in this ryokan. We were here in 2012 and been so keen to return to the place, hence, planned it this year. Everything stays the same, the place, the ryokan owner, the room...i had the best time here.

Must stay

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 3

Excellent atmostphere at Shirakawa-go.I received warm welcome by the host of Hesamatsu, Satojung.Dinner and breakfast was excellent.I plan to go again in winter.

Perfect for our stay in Shirakawa-go

Month of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

We had a wonderful stay at Hisamatsu. We arrived the day that Hurricane Neoguri was moving up the southern coast of Japan. Shirakawa-go got the outer bands of the storm so it was blustery and wet. Yet the inn was very comfortable for our family of four. We watched the rain pour down outside as we enjoyed delicious food and the warm hospitality of our hostess. Shirakawa-go is magical after all of the tourists go home. We wandered around the quiet streets in the rain and enjoyed the many beautiful views through out the village. I would highly recommend a visit to this stunning place and a stay at Hisamatsu!

Very Nice

Month of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Very nice and tranquil, and great to visit the area once the tourists have had to leave. The food is impressive!

September 2014 stay

Month of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

The stay at Shirakawa-go was one of the highlights of our trip, and we highly enjoyed our experience at Hisamatsu. The dinner was fabulous, and one of the best meals we had in Japan. The only drawback was that there was no shower / bath at the house (or at least it wasn't made available to us during our stay, as the owner said that we should use the public bath - a 10 min walk from the house. But I see that other reviewers say that there is a bath there, so I don't know). The village is beautiful and peaceful in the early morning, before it becomes crowded with day-trippers, so we highly recommend staying in Shirakawa-go if your schedule permits.

A beautiful retreat in a calm friendly and relaxed environment

Month of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: United Kingdom

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

From our warm greeting upon arrival (the owner speak good enough English and is very patient if your Japanese is basic/non-existant) to the last moment of our stay it was a pleasure to stay at Hisamatsu. As many people have mentioned the food is great- really great and also copious. We have a double room for 4 people and found the bedding comfortable and warm. Hisamatsu, it must be said, is not the prettiest house in the village (it is still stunning!) and is also a bit tucked away but this turned out to be ideal during the day when shirakawago heaves with tourists and the ghasso house is then a calm retreat. When i next visit Japan i would certainly revisit Shirakawa-go and i know that i would book to stay at Hisamatsu again. It is a home from home in how welcome you are made to feel.

prefect

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Hong Kong

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

The best guesthouse experience ever. The ryokan owner is very nice and polite. The service and food are very good. It is an unforgettable experience staying in a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Don't miss it.

Don't miss it!

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: HONG KONG

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

An unforgettable Gassho experience at an UNESCO SITE. Don't miss it. We have a wonderful stay at Hisamatsu (Oct 2014). The Gassho owner is very nice and the food are excellent. Hisamatsu is not very close to the main street (which might be a little noisy during the day). It's like we are staying in our own corner/ area. I love its location. Our room is simple. You might hear the people talking in the next room. There is one public bath in the house when we visited. The toilet area in the house is just remodelled. It is very nice and tidy.

Feel like home

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

Staff was so nice and hospitality. She can speak many language. The food was superp (better than some ryokans in my previous visit in other part of japan) The house was clean. The heater was warm enough. This house has only 4 rooms so you better hurry book in advance. At night the village was completely difference from the afternoon which was quite crowded and noisy from many tourist. If you want to experience the real shirakawago. I recommended you to spend 1 night here. (Sorry for my poor english)

Cosy accommodation

Month of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 3

The owner of Hisamatsu is a really nice lady. Loved the food (both dinner and breakfast) which is really a lot.So my advice is either have early lunch or light lunch as the dinner starts early at 6pm. Toilets are new and clean but I couldn't say the same for the rooms. However, the heaters in the room and bed are good enough for us. The only downside is that we have to check out by 9am in the morning which is really early for family with children.

Extremely Well Experience!

Month of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: HONG KONG

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We just stay one night in Shirakawa-go, we would like to experience in a Janpanese old style house. Hisamatsu is a nice place for travellers because we can communicate with a the lady of the house. She is so kind. The meal is extremely tasty. We strongly recommend this house if you are scanning the house of Shirakawa-go~!

Fully delicious

Month of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

The dinner in a paper bowl Shabu with the sauce was really great. Excess of Japanese rice for both dinner and breakfast suit for those big guy visitors. Traditional beding and room makes me feel the touch of Japan.

firendliness

Month of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: MY

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 2

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

The house and the environment is nice especially in the dawn, however the people in this town is very rude, be it the shop owner, the Jap that lives there, they are not friendly at all compare to what we met in nagoya, Kanazawa or Takayama. My advice is, lower down your expectation . Nevertheless , it is a beautiful village

awesome!

Month of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: MY

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Friendly and helpful hostess. Dinner and breakfast were amazing yummy, the best (save for the kobe beef i had in Kobe) meals i've ever had during my 10 days trip. Earlier I was under the impression that the ryokan does not have any WC. I misunderstood the earlier comments i read here. There are 3 WCs and a bathroom in the Ryokan. It snowed a week after i left Shirakawago. Should have gone there in December.

Memorable

Month of Visit: January

Country Of Reviewer: Hong Kong

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

The place is located quite close to the bus station, with the map provided we have no trouble finding it. The house itself is quite old so do not have too much expectation. The room is no-frills and there is not much sound proof. The host was very friendly and speaks a little bit English. The food however was amazing! Two of the best meals we had in our whole trip.

Excellent

Month of Visit: January

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My partner and I stayed for a night and absolutely loved the experience. While the place is quite basic, staying in one of the traditional houses is such a unique thing to do. The food was excellent and the village is stunning. Highly recommend.