Hotel Associa Resort, Takayama
Hotel Associa Takayama Resort is located amidst the beautiful Takayama Highlands in the southwest of Takayama City and is surrounded by forests and tall mountains – soaring 640 meters above sea level.
All of the hotel’s spacious rooms and suites command superb and unobstructed views of the northern Japanese Alps. With it’s European style and elegant atmosphere, the Hotel Associa Resort is a relaxing place from which to enjoy your stay in Takayama.
Wanosato Ryokan, Takayama
Wanosato is located in the heart of Gifu prefecture, close to Hida-Takayama. The name ‘Takayama’ means ‘tall mountain’. There’s something magical about taking the train through the mountains of Hida-Takayama and catching your first glimpse of the Wanosato’s quaint and majestic 160 year-old minka (house of the people) with ‘gassho-zukuri’ roof construction, which literally means ‘praying hands style’. Tucked away in the forest, a short walk from the main building are the minka with their lichen-covered thatched roof and earthen walls, camouflaging them into a backdrop of a tale from old Japan. The love of nature instilled by Japan’s religious beliefs and an abundance of forest has lead Wanosato to become a well-known hot spring destination and nature retreat.
Wanosato is relatively young compared to its architecture, but it defies its youth with its preserved heritage, great taste, creativity and friendliness of its staff. The atmosphere inside the centuries-old minka is intriguing; exposed wood beams, comfortable futon and fine linen, hardwood floors, a mix of eclectic elements, unique furniture, all result in an establishment with lots of character. Expect to indulge in Wanosato’s local foods including ‘sansai'(mountain vegetables), ‘kawasakana’ (river fish) as well as Hida beef and locally distilled sake. Hidden are the rewards in this exquisite escape into natural beauty and discovery. During your stay you’ll enjoy gracious accommodations and deliciously healthy and deservedly honored Wanosato cuisine with unlimited fresh mountain air.