We stayed 2 nights at this ryokan and had a wonderful and comfortable stay. It was only a short walk from the JR Takayama station and we did not have any trouble pulling our heavy luggage from the station to the ryokan. Upon checking in, you’ll find a ready flask of hot water with green tea sachets and Japanese rice crackers waiting in your room. Thought it was a nice touch. The flask of hot water is also refilled daily. As with most traditional ryokans, there is no lift and it can be difficult if you’re traveling with a huge/heavy luggage. There is also no toilet/shower in your own room. The male and female toilets were located on different floors so it can be inconvenient if you’ve to go upstairs/downstairs just to use the toilet.The public shower area (separate for men and women) includes a small indoor onsen which was really a welcome relief in winter! Shower area and toilets were kept very clean. Do note that the shower area is only open at certain times of the day (7am-10am and 4pm-10pm). Overall, it was a comfortable stay and certainly cheaper than most ryokans in Takayama. Would recommend this if you’re on a budget but would still like to have the traditional Japanese experience.
Stayed at Minshuku Kuwataniya, Gifu