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Sumiyoshi

Style: Traditional Ryokan

Price Per Person:
¥10,000 ~ ¥15,000

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Address (English)

4-21 Honmachi
Takayama -shi

Address (Japanese)

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Welcome to Sumiyoshi. This Traditional Ryokan is typical of Takayama's famous architectural design, and it was built in the early 20th century. Indeed, the owners have kept the same design and style throughout the 20th century at Sumiyoshi. In the lobby, a suit of samurai armour greets the guests and there is also an open hearth from Japan's samurai era. Staying at Sumiyoshi is like staying in a museum. Sumiyoshi is filled to the brim with artifacts, nick-nacks, and furniture dating back many, many years. If you are looking for a historical Japanese atmosphere, then you will enjoy your stay at Sumiyoshi. There are 20 traditional Japanese-style guest rooms, and the rooms offer either a river view or a view of Sumiyoshi's garden. This is an old fashioned traditional ryokan and only one guest room has a private bath and toilet - the other 19 guest rooms do not have private baths or toilets. The owners are very proud of the high quality of their cuisine, and guests can enjoy typical Takayama-style dishes.

Welcome to Sumiyoshi. This Traditional Ryokan is typical of Takayama's famous architectural design, and it was built in the early 20th century. Indeed, the owners have kept the same design and style throughout the 20th century at Sumiyoshi. In the lobby, a suit of samurai armour greets the guests and there is also an open hearth from Japan's samurai era. Staying at Sumiyoshi is like staying in a museum. Sumiyoshi is filled to the brim with artifacts, nick-nacks, and furniture dating back many, many years. If you are looking for a historical Japanese atmosphere, then you will enjoy your stay at Sumiyoshi. There are 20 traditional Japanese-style guest rooms, and the rooms offer either a river view or a view of Sumiyoshi's garden. This is an old fashioned traditional ryokan and only one guest room has a private bath and toilet - the other 19 guest rooms do not have private baths or toilets. The owners are very proud of the high quality of their cuisine, and guests can enjoy typical Takayama-style dishes.

Facilities

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GUEST ROOMS

  • Japanese Style Room with Private Bath and Toilet
  • Japanese Style Room with Private Toilet Only
  • Large Japanese Style Room
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • 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:
    23:00
  • Pickup Service:
  • Single Guests:
  • Children under 12 Years allowed:
  • Pay with a Credit Card:
  • Shops and Restaurants Near Ryokan:

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Wonderful, cosy Ryokan

Lucy

Date of Review: October, 2017

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: United Kingdom

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We had a lovely time staying at this sweet, cosy Ryokan for two nights. The food was delicious and the staff were completely charming - despite us not being able to communicate very well in each other\'s language! I would really recommend staying here for a great experience of Japanese hospitality, and amazing home-cooked food.

A fantastic remarkable Classic Japanese style experience

Yvon

Date of Review: October, 2017

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Netherland

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Room was very good, diner and breakfast on our room fantastic, the Ryokan run by a lovely japanese couple. The service was excellent. Unforgetable.

L\'hospitalité incarnée

Claudine

Date of Review: August, 2017

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Charmante auberge de style traditionnel tenue par des personnes assez âgées et très accueillantes : l\'hospitalité incarnée. Modèle du genre, la maison vaut pour elle-même le séjour car elle parvient à conserver son esprit antique tout en offrant un confort appréciable avec ses salles de bains privatisables. La cuisine servie aux pensionnaires est à l\'image de l\'établissement : généreuse et représentativité d\'un art de vivre certain et partagé avec passion, à la fois simple et raffiné. Bref, une bonne adresse, sans chichis, mais avec beaucoup de caractère et à taille humaine.

Warmly recommended

Per Kristian

Date of Review: July, 2017

Month of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Norway

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Being guests in the wonderful guesthouse of the good people of Sumiyoshi was one of the high points of our visit to Japan and we recommend it warmly. In fact, fearing the location may be dense and hot in mid-summer months, we had made reservations also at a hill-side hotel. But we decided nevertheless to try our luck at Sumiyoshi and did not regret it. The house - including hall, guest rooms, dining rooms and baths - are exquisite. We felt the pictures here are understated rather than the opposite. A family of four, we got a wonderful two-room setup facing the river and the little garden. As with the other parts of the house we got to see (including the private dining room we were led to for meals) the rooms had fantastic atmosphere with delicate and nicely kept antiques, but without overdoing it towards the quint amid bright and clean tatamis. Just as important, staff is as welcoming as you come to expect in Japan, and quickly shuffled a few sliding doors to include more space (a hallway) in our guest room when they realized the ridiculous amount of luggage we were hauling. Breakfast was good and plentiful - Japanese as well as Western. Can\'t speak for dinner since we\'d reserved a meal plan without it to sample the many great restaurants in town. The host couple also has patience with clumsy Europeans unfamiliar with Japanese ways about the house, and together with a great sense of humor they really contributed greatly to the three unforgettable days we spent in beautiful Takayama. We\'ll look no further should we have the good fortune to return.

Very satisfied

Charles

Date of Review: June, 2017

Month of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

We had a very nice stay at Sumiyoshi. really it was the highlight of our trip. The food was great! Staff very friendly and helpful. The only drawback was the cigarette smell emanating from one section of the ryokan which unfortunately permeated to our room.

Ryokan traditionnel plein de charme

Baptiste

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Le bâtiment est certes un peu vieillot et la décoration des chambres parfois \"kitsch\" mais l\'ambiance qui se dégage de ce ryokan vaut le détour. Les responsables se mettent en 4 pour vous satisfaire notamment le couples de personnes âgées super sympa même si la communication est parfois difficile. Notre chambre avait vue sur la rivière et était très calme... Les salles de bains typiques disposent de bains chauds type \"onsens\" privatisables donc sympa lorsqu\'on voyage en couple car c\'est rarement le cas de pouvoir se délasser dans ces bains chauds homme et femme ensemble au Japon. Les repas sont divins, de type kaseiki avec pleins de petits assortiments ce qui permet de goûter ce que l\'on oserait pas commander au restaurant! Petit dejeuner au choix japonais ou continental. Cet hôtel est un pur bonheur pour se ressourcer!

Amazing stay and experience

Anne

Date of Review: May, 2017

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: France (living in Singapore)

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We had a fantastic time at the ryokan. We are a family of 4 with 2 kids and all of us loved our experience at the ryokan. The rooms, the ryokan and its atmosphere were just prefect. Really well decorated, well equipped and clean, with an amazing traditional Japanese touch! The food was delicious and the ryokan people adapted it specifically for our kids. All the people in the ryokan are very friendly, nice (especially with our kids) and so happy to help you. It is a truly great way to discover the Japanese culture. I highly recommended it!

A week in japanese ryokans

Month of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: France

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

I invited friends to discover Japan through ryokans and this one in Takayama is unique It's an alive museum with a so warm atmosphere due to a lovely staff don't miss it !

Hidden Paradise

Month of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Brazil

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

When I first entered, I havent got a very good impression because although I have booked an eastern room for one, they showed me a very little room with NO WINDOWS, wich I honestly think is unacceptable. I payed a little more and had an amazing room even with a porch.The old house is beautiful on the outside and inside. The staff could not be more kind and always ready to help. The food is wonderful. The whole thing is fashioned for those who want a truly Japanese experience.

Wonderful Stay!

Month of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

Very good, great ryokan experience

Fantastic stay.

Month of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

We were really happy with our stay at Sumiyoshi. You have to walk a bit from the train station to reach the ryokan but the location is fantastic, overlooking the river and close to many shops and restaurants. The hosts were very helpful and friendly, the rooms were comfortable and the ryokan is very nicely decorated. We had only one meal there(a breakfast) as we are vegetarians but it was very nice. We loved the common hot bath as well. The toilet was a bit small. Overall, if you wish to spend some time in a ryokan in Takayama, Sumiyoshi is highly recommended.

Great experience!

Month of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

Nestled in a quiet alley, this ryokan offers great service,great food and comfortable rooms. The owners that greeted us were very sweet and the lady that brought us food and make our futons was a hoot! We loved the decorations and the antiques. The shared bath was quite nice as you can lock it and have privacy. We even liked the cat that stays on the veranda1 Highly recommended!

Second time and it's was as great as the first time.

Month of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: US

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

It's not often that returning to a place can live up to the expectations / memories of your first visit but Sumiyoshi does just that. The warm reception, food, location are all excellent. If you've never tried a Ryokan before this is the perfect place to get you feet wet and submerse yourself in the true Japanese experience. If you can, try to get a room on the river.

Chraming old house

Month of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Canada/Quebec

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

This house is amazing! there are stairs everywhere...in our room we had hidden stairs behind a door...the kids thought it was really cool! We were a family of 4 so we got a big room (kind of 2 communicating rooms). The old lady that would serve our meals was just too amazing, she could be a character from a book. We fell in love with her...she was showing us how to eat our meal and she was laughing at us...she was sooo funny and warm. The perfect grandma! Takayama is a beautiful destination and we loved the morning markets...just strolling trough the streets...and after a long walk, what is nicer than a foot bath, right on the street!!! (look on the city map) this was great!

Wow

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: The netherlands

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

What a very nice place to stay. The room is good,the food is great, the staff very happy and friendly. They make your stay in Takayama to a feast. It was clean, the bathroom facilities are good, the house itself packed with beautiful japanese arts and crafts. Takayama is like small Kyoto but without the thousends of people, and with a cosmopolitan flair.

Magnifique

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: france

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Notre meilleure expérience japonaise, tout simplement magnifique. L'acceuil chaleureux, la chambre comfortable, les repas savoureux. je vous le conseille les yeux fermés.

Amazing Experience

Month of Visit: August

Country Of Reviewer: Italy

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

A very tradizional experience in a wonderful Ryokan with very kindly persons. The food is delicious and generous. The location along the river is romantic and quit. Nessuna review potrà rendere giustizia a questo posto: location tranquilla lungo il fiume, camere tradizionali molto ampie e comode. Il Ryokan è piccolo per cui i bagni in comune non sono un problema e tra gli ospiti nn ci si disturba. Piccolo onsen interno a disposizione. Cibo abbondante e da alta cucina giapponese, unica critica si cena veramente presto e le portate (tantissime) si susseguono un po' troppo velocemente. Un'e Vero Ryokan, altamente consigliato.

Thank you for a fantastic expeience

Month of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: U.S.

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We had a wonderful 2-night stay at this Ryokan. Excellent location. We traveled through Japan for 2 weeks and our stay at this place was one of our unforgettable experiences. The people were very nice and helpful. We loved the traditional food they served and appreciated that we got to try and enjoy food that we would not have known to order in restaurants. We also enjoyed the traditional bath they had (the bigger one). I highly recommend this place.