Shiroyamakan
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Shiroyamakan

1168-1 Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627 Gifu Prefecture
One of our dinner courses included venison hunted in the surrounding mountains by the proprietor's son. Nearly every item was sourced locally and prepared meticulously.
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5.0
#1 of 5 ryokans in Shirakawa-mura
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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●Shiroyamakan which was built 100 years ago is tasteful historic building. Shiroyamakan is one of the important historic building in Shirakawa-go. We had fixed and extended but it hadn’t lost the nostalgic atmosphere. Please forget your busy life here, and enjoy your easy time. I'm afraid we accept bookings 4 parties only. ●We accept the bookings only 4 parties on weekdays because we hope to treat you and communicate with you a lot. We’ll always do our best for your satisfaction. ●Shiroyamakan doesn’t equip a bath except for 1 room Hakusan. Please take a bath at "Shirakawa-go no Yu” which is close to our accommodation. We’ll give 1 ticket to our guests each. “Shirakawa-go no Yu” is the only natural hot spring of the world heritage Shirakawa-go. It takes 5 minutes from our accommodation. But it’s possible to bring you to there by car if you need.
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1168-1 Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627 Gifu Prefecture
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liburannatal wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent one night at Shirakawa-go and I have no regrets choosing Shiroyama-kan. This is perhaps my best ryokan experience so far in Japan. I initially had worries as there is only one room with attached bathrooms and I did not manage to book that room. The shared toilet turned out to be very clean and modern -even better than the toilet in some hotels and shopping malls. There are 2 vouchers per person to bathe at an onsen in the village which is about 3 minutes walk away.

The service and hospitality provided are also exceptional. Shiroyamakan provides free tour (in the owner's van) every afternoon. He drives us around the village and show us the famous locations such as the three houses and the observatory viewpoint. We can choose the time for dinner and breakfast to be served and they will call our room to inform when the meal is ready. Despite language barrier, the family genuinely tries to engage in conversation.

You can trust the photos in their official website: the food serving is that much, the food is that appetising, and the family running the ryokan is that warm and friendly. One example: we were the last one to check out and they asked what bus and the time that we would be leaving the village. As our bus was leaving Shirakawago, they were waiting and waving goodbye from outside of the ryokan which is located just opposite the bus terminal.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Tabby wrote a review Nov 2023
370 contributions159 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
PROS:
1. Just across the Shirakawa-go bus terminal
2. Such an immersive and peaceful environment. There was no TV in our room but we spent hours watching the dancing autumn leaves outside our window while listening to the rustling of the trees and chriping of the crickets.
3. Room is large and cozy with traditional Japanese decor. We were able to book the room with a private toilet and bath, however we realized that bathing in one of the ryokan's two onsens (Which could be used exclusively by a group, by just flipping the occupied sign) is a much better experience.
4. The family was very welcoming and hospitable. Takuya Matsufuru-san, the fourth generation owner of the inn, even gave us a tour of the village in his van (tours were in Japanese which he would later translate into English audio by an app).
5. Food was great! Kaiseki style dinner, and breakfast with freshly foraged ingredients from the mountains, freshly caught river fish, and handmade soba noodles!

CONS:
1. They only accomodate four groups at a time, hence booking can be quite a challenge, but is definitely worth it!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Purobi wrote a review Dec 2013
San Francisco656 contributions672 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Since I was the first one to review this place and since I go there every year I need to update my review. This year was a disappointing experience to some extent. They renovated their toilets downstairs beautifully and it seemed to have taken a toll on the food. I would like to also mention that when you do make a reservation, make sure to mention that you are making reservation with two meals. If you don't, you will be charged less and get no meals. We got a very warm welcome by the family as usual. Also got a wonderful goodbye at the end of our stay. This year we did not get to stay in the in-suite room but our room had a better view overlooking the river. Do ask for the Onsen tickets and you will get it. They do speak some English. Their oldest daughter Yuki's English is more than reasonable if you are patient. Although the quality of the food was still excellent the dishes were less, about 40% less items. With that in mind, I will rate this place as an unnecessarily expensive place. However, let me tell the entire story. Shirakawa Go got almost totally destroyed by loud, disrespectful, Chinese Tour groups. I know I am singling out one group only but it is the truth. Ever since the highway construction made it easy to reach it from Takayama and Kanazawa, it started to get ruined. Gone are the days when it was an open village with incredible beauty and friendly people. Now most shop keepers stay indoors during day time and rely on honor system. During day time it feels like walking through Pompeii or Ercolano. A dead village. To get a taste of the little bit of magic that is still left you will need to spend over night and in Shiroyamakan you will be the only non Japanese guest. And that is worth the money even now. We will take a few years off of going to Ogimachi. We go to Japan every year. In 5 or 6 years we will return to Shiroyamakan again.
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Date of stay: November 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Paola A wrote a review Jan 2013
Los Angeles, California6 contributions12 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I feel bad writing this review, as this is a family ran place, and they are sweet people, but I was not impressed with this place. For 150 US dollars you get a beautiful river view in the cutest Japanese town, but the rest is not satisfying. The room was cold and they asked us to turn the main heater off (we did not), old hotel but they can fix little details so it looks cozy. Uninviting neon light, they should have a dim lamp. Bathrooms are shared and coed, it reminded me of an old hostel in Eastern Europe, awful tiles in bathroom. You get a pass to go to the next door onsen for bathing but only for one... a reviewer mentioned they serve amazing dinner, but we were not offered it nor breakfast. Old tatamis, old yukatas, old blankets. Shirakawa-go is worth visting and if you are up to spending 150 bucks to experience a dreamlike town, go for it, if you have time to search for something better, you should.
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Date of stay: January 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Amy wrote a review Jan 2014
Australia33 contributions50 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I stayed here for one night and we were greeted by the friendly family who run and live in the inn for over four generations. We had a clean basic room with a beautiful river view with a dual air-conditioning, oil heater and electric mat. We stayed in January so it was quiet cold, but the family put hot water bottles in our futon and we were able to get extra blankets from the cupboard. So we were not too cold during the night when the oil heater was turned off.

You have to remember that the building itself was built during the Meiji Period (1863-1912). So if you are looking for a warm hotel like experience, you are looking at the wrong place. It feels like a typical Japanese house and you are a guest (like homestay). There is modern toilets but you have to go to the onsen across the road for a bath (the onsen was fantastic! My skin felt like a million dollars after).

Food was fantastic. But upon reading other reviews, best to make sure that it is included in your stay. All the food is cooked by the dad and is quiet good (compared to other ryokans I have stayed at for similar price). The father was nice enough to pick us up and drop us off at the bus stop, take us to the beautiful onsen across the road and back. The father also has a morning tour around Shirakawago, it is probably best to go so he can take you to the top lookout. I am not sure about his English abilities but it gives you a good view of small town and places to take memorable pictures.

The Inn also provided all of its guests new gumboots for the snow during your stay. Which was fantastic, as our shoes didn't become drenched and we were able to leave them at the bus depo for the Inn to collect when we left.

Although we were a bit cold in the house, the food, friendly service made all the difference. Stay here to experience one night in a typical Japanese house.
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Date of stay: January 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Purobi wrote a review Oct 2010
San Francisco656 contributions672 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in Shiroyamakan twice already and going there again in November. We go to Japan every year mainly to eat Japanese food which is really not the same outside of Japan. This place has the best food in the entire country. Both times we stayed there three nights and had three dinners and three breakfasts. Each meal had a minimum of 15 dishes and the owner NEVER repeated any dish and the ceramics on which the food was served. On top of that we do not eat meat and they always accommodated us happily. We always stayed in the suite. They only have one. They also give coupons to go to the bath house for free. Yes we have stayed in more luxurious and gorgeous places in Japan but never had any food that is so great. Looking forward to be there soon.
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Date of stay: December 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chin L wrote a review May 2018
Sydney, Australia383 contributions91 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Shiroyamakan for 1 night in early April. I wanted to stay within walking distance to Shirakawago, and a room with good view, but there aren’t many good accommodation there. I read the reviews about all accommodations around Shirakawago and decided to compromise by picking Shiroyamakan. For me the idea of not having a bath or toilet in the room was really terrible. However, my reasons for choosing Shiroyamakan are: the location, a room with good view and private dining. Luckily, the experience turned out to be a lot better than I thought.

If I remember correctly, the host told me that building itself was over 100 years old. However, the shared toilet were renovated (thank goodness). I had the Seseragi room, which has vey nice view of the Sho river. In addition, staying in an old building made the experience at Shirakawago a bit more interesting.

When I arrived, they warned me about stink bugs (shield bugs) as the season was changing. There were actually many stink bugs in my room. I caught and disposed about 20 of them. For those who don’t like bug, don’t stay there in spring.

As they don’t have bathroom, they gave me a coupon for bathing at the hot spring nearby. I didn’t bother asking for a drop off, but walked to the hot spring after dinner. The street was quite dark and scary as I was by myself. The hot spring wasn’t very relaxing because there were many people.

Both dinner and breakfast at Shiroyamakan were good and very well presented. They served dinner in private dinning rooms, but breakfast was served in common dinning hall.

They had a mini tour of Shirakawago in late afternoon, when most tourists had already left the village. The owner of Shiroyamakan took us to a number of photogenic spots and the observatory point on the hill. The place was actually closed to general public at that time of the day, but we could still get in as a tour group of Shiroyamakan. I was impressed by this fact. It was really good to have the whole observatory for ourselves. Thanks to that I had plenty of good photos. The owner doesn’t speak English, so they gave me English audio guide, which was a brilliant idea.

When I made the booking at their website, they did not have the option for single occupancy of the room. I traveled by myself, but I didn’t mind and in fact had prepared to pay for 2 people. (Few others ryokans that I have been to actually charged for 2 people even though I travelled solo). To my surprise, when I checked out, Shiroyamakan charged me only half of what they quoted. They only charged for one person. This really impressed me.

In summary, I like their tour, their food, the location and the view from the Seseragi room. Comparing the amount of money that I paid to the service that I received, I think the stay was not expensive at all.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Stayoshi wrote a review Dec 2016
Malaysia243 contributions161 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We were looking for a ryokan at Shirakawa-go which provides more privacy. I read a lot
of reviews of other ryokans in the area had very thin wall, with the exception of this one.

Location
- it i just directly opposite the bus stop. So, it was an easy 2 min walk to the ryokan, carrying our luggages.
- However, it is not situated within the main village area. You need to walk 10 min or so, to the village with all the sights. The setback was, as it was very cold at night, we couldn't bare to drag ourselves away from our cosy room to the village for a night stroll (which was our original plan, and purpose of staying overnight at Shirakawa-go).
- After checking out, we kept out luggage at the ryokan and went visiting around the village. It was very convenient to just come back 15 min before the bus departure time, to collect our luggages.

Facility
It is a very old building, but very well maintained. Our room was a corner room. It was very large, and slept 4 comfortably. We also had attached modern bathroom and WC.

The dinner was one of the best meals I had in Japan. The hide beef serving was generous and of very good grade. Even though dinner was served at dining room, I noticed there are a few dining rooms. So, we got the entire dining room to ourselves, which was quite lovely.

The best part of the stay was the hospitality provided by the host. They do not speak much English, but were always eager to ensure that we were well taken care of. The father took us for a free tour around the village and up to the viewing point. Snow boots were provided.

When it was time for us to check out, the mother provided various snacks for my kids, for our journey to Kanazawa.

Even though the accommodation here is not cheap, the overall experience you get is worth the money. I have stayed in many ryokan in Japan before (from basic to higher end), and would consider this one of my favourite ones.
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Date of stay: December 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tsico H wrote a review Apr 2018
Tel Aviv, Israel59 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Well it appears as if not all ryokans are the same. And Shiroyamakan shines above many of the ryokans we stayed in. It’s a family owned and run place, and the entire family, mother and father, one brother and three sisters plus some young kids live on the first floor while guests are hosted on the second. The warmth of the family is catchy and we immediately felt at home. The food was excellent, prepared by the family men and tasted delicious. The father takes his guests for a tour of Shirakawa by his car that leaves at exactly 4:00 pm. Since we arrived at 4:02, we obviously missed it. So he took us for a special tour later in the afternoon. What a treat!
The view from our room was so relaxing, with the cherry trees blossoming just a few yards off our window. The village itself is worth a detour, so if you decide to go there, Shiroyamakan is the place to stay.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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chiyo2348 wrote a review Jan 2018
Sydney, Australia65 contributions18 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Shiroyamakan is conveniently located right opposite the Shirakawa-go bus centre, at the entrance to the gassho hut village. My family stayed here over the Christmas period and absolutely loved this place! The family that run this historic hotel are such lovely people and very thoughtful - from the gumboots they lent us to walk around in the snow to the hot water bottles they put at the feet end of our beds - every possible detail has been seen to and attended. Yuki and her sister were our main hosts during the stay and they were so graceful and attentive - I only wish to be half as graceful as them! We also went along for the tour which featured English commentary which was again very thoughtfully arranged.

The building apparently is built in the late Meiji era and despite its age, kept immaculately clean and tidy. There's even a retro tap and sink area at the shared toilets at the back of the building which we found quite cute. Our room did not come with private shower/bath facilities but we were given passes to the local bath house literally 2 minutes walk away which had both indoor and balcony view baths (bathing in the balcony onsen and looking at the snowfall outside is such an indulgence!).

The cuisine prepared by the father/owner is absolutely amazing, we were so full from the initial courses and were surprised when more and more dishes started appearing. The food wasn't just a pleasure to look at, the taste was just fantastic! The mother also came out to greet us in the morning when we left to catch our bus. They're such a lovely family, so warm and caring. We felt sad leaving so early in the morning!

Could not have booked a better accommodation for our family trip to Shirakawa-go, so glad we chose to stay with Shiroyamakan. This will be the only place I'll stay at if I visit the area again, and have recommended to family and friends.
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Date of stay: December 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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edotkim wrote a tip Dec 2023
Portland, Oregon130 contributions71 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Shiroyamakan is literally steps away from the station where the direct bus from Kanazawa stops, making it super convenient."
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hksmallfish wrote a tip Dec 2018
Hong Kong, China201 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Hakusan - the only one room with private bathroom out of the four rooms in the hotel"
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Limesbridge wrote a tip June 2016
Windsor, Canada9 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take advantage of the upstairs river-view room if you have no accessibility issues. It was worth every penny!"
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AU$519 - AU$653 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanChubuTokaiGifu PrefectureOno-gunShirakawa-mura
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Nearby attractions include Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory (0.1 km), Wada House (0.3 km), and Kanda house (0.5 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Coffee Hina, Irori, and Hakusuien.
Are there any historical sites close to Shiroyamakan?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory (0.1 km), Shirakawago (0.6 km), and Wada House (0.3 km).
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