Kanjiya
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Kanjiya

689 Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627 Gifu Prefecture
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#2 of 5 ryokans in Shirakawa-mura
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Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travellers visiting Shirakawa-mura, Kanjiya is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its quaint environment and proximity to great restaurants and attractions, Kanjiya makes it easy to enjoy the best of Shirakawa-mura.

Rooms at Kanjiya offer a seating area.

During your stay, take advantage of some of the amenities offered, including baggage storage. For travellers arriving by car, free parking is available.

For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Shirakawa-mura, Kanjiya is located a short distance from Myozenji (0.1 mi) and Tenshukakau Observatory (0.5 mi).

During your visit, be sure to check out a popular Shirakawa-mura yakiniku restaurant such as Hida Beef Restaurant Tenkara, which is a short distance from Kanjiya.

Best of all, Kanjiya makes it easy to experience many great Shirakawa-mura attractions like Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, Shirakawago, and Kanda house, which are some popular historic sites.

Kanjiya is sure to make your visit to Shirakawa-mura one worth remembering.

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Quaint
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Japanese

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689 Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627 Gifu Prefecture
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Great for walkers
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T R wrote a review Aug 2012
sydney10 contributions29 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a very relaxing two night stay with the family running Kanjiya. Shirakawago was one of our highlights in Japan and although it was heavily geared for tourists, it still felt very remote and authentic.

The accommodation itself is not fancy, but basic, clean and friendly.

Pros: Living with a family, great homecooked meals from fresh local produce, relaxing, good spot away from main road and really clean. If I could sum up our stay here in one anecdote, it would be the day that the grandmother of the family saw me handwashing in the communal sink. She exclaimed a Japanese cry and muttered some Japanese words whilst calling me over. I was so confused and followed her as it seemed like she wanted to show me something. I went through the curtain she had gone through and found her pointing with a beaming smile at their washing machine. She then helped me load my washing and with hand gestures and body language explained the process and helped me take my washing out to dry.

The cons: None for me, but if you are a bit precious you may not like the communal bathrooms which are sometimes not available in the morning because they are cleaning it. I couldnt tell whether the whole bathroom was only available between 4pm-9pm or whether that was just for the hot bath bit. Also, only the mother speaks very limited English. I found this fun but may be challenging. And last, the pillows they give you are literally small cotton sacks of rice or husks. I thought this was funny but the whole sleeping on the floor on mats was a bit hard on my back although I think all accommodation in this area is like this because it is rural. I figured this is how their family lives, that's why I came there so it was no time to be precious about it but to embrace it!

All in all, a beautiful stay and would recommend this nice family home.
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Date of stay: July 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Hitchiker_bear wrote a review Dec 2011
Country Victoria, Australia712 contributions447 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Kanja, is an Inn in the traditional Gasso, thatched, steep roof dwelling style. Inside stout dark beams and thick sliding panels divide the guest bedrooms. Rice paper screens on the outside facing walls let in light; in the colder months at dusk, large sliding timber panels are drawn over the paper screen panels to retain inside warmth. Around mid November extra heavy, woven reed panels are placed around the outside perimeter to keep the snow off the outer walls. Our room was large with a low set table, cushions, some coat hangers, Yukata (cotton Kimono) and Tanzen worn over Yukata for extra warmth were supplied.

Located the far end of the Inn, the Male and Female toilets, with heated toilet seats. Across from this, a dressing and shower room, which was chilly and unheated during our stay; however ample hot water in the shower with amazing water pressure soon turned the shower into a steam bath. The shower room also contained a small deep cypress soaking tub. Bathing times here, as in similar Inns were at specific evening times. Hot water was available in the hand basin area in the mornings though.
Meals were served in Kanja's Japanese style dining room with open hearth, very pleasant on a cold night. The evening meal of many, small individual dishes, was accompanied by rice and miso soup. A ceramic dish heated from underneath cooked the rich hida beef, mushrooms and delicate vegetables to perfection while we sampled other dishes. The Green tea at this inn was especially nice, previously we had not liked the taste of Green Tea. Heating old buildings is never easy, a heater was provided, however at night we preferred to snuggle under the doona and fluffy blankets. Under the mass of foot thick Doona and blankets we resembled those large turtles with our heads sticking out and slept like logs. We had no trouble communicating during our stay, the younger lady spoke some English, certainly much more than our Japanese.
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Date of stay: November 2011
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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HI_TRVLR wrote a review Nov 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA40 contributions33 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Shirakawa-go is a UNESCO world heritage site, so we were curious about staying overnight there. It is located in a valley with a very scenic river surrounded by hills. Staying at one of the Gassho Zukuri minshuku (steep, thatched roof farm houses) here is a unique experience that some people may enjoy. Unfortunately, we were unprepared for the Spartan-like conditions.
There are 4 guest rooms in Kanjiya; each room is about 10 ft by 10 ft, or the size of a small American bedroom, with tatami (straw mat) flooring. The only things in the room is a small, low coffee table with two floor chairs, a painting about 8 inches by 6 inches placed in a high corner, a portable heater, and a small trash can. That’s it. Also, I knew that the walls would be thin, possibly making noise an issue; but the lack of privacy was still surprising. The “walls” between the rooms are actually sliding doors that are nailed shut; but there are still tiny gaps in some places, allowing light and noise to get through. The result is that you can hear people in the next room whenever they talk, burp, or make whatever sound.
The bathroom is very nice; down the hall, with small stools to sit and wash yourself next to a hot tub that’s temperature controlled. Meals are served in a separate room, each person sitting at a small table (no chair) in a semi-circle. The food presentation was nice; but the friendliness of the hostess and the taste of the food were both unremarkable.
If you are willing to pay over $200 USD to sleep in a Gassho with little privacy and minimal amenities, for the privilege of staying at a UNESCO world heritage site, then you will enjoy the Kanjiya.
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Date of stay: October 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Simon Sng wrote a review Dec 2016
Singapore, Singapore51 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a wonderful time staying within Shirakawa-go, wonderful and attentive owner. With shared bathroom and toilet, it was surprisingly not as bad as I had initially expected. But staying within Shirakawa meant I could explore the place longer and with less crowd. Meals (Dinner and breakfast) was very nice as well and a must have since the shops around the area would be closed early once the visitors have vacant the area as night falls.
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Date of stay: December 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alex D wrote a review Mar 2016
Metro Manila, Philippines12 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stay here one night with my wife, we booked this Ryokan via Japanese guesthouse, the price is 21800 yen included 2 persons dinner and breakfast so the price still okay for this. We experienced the Japanese food and bed style. This place is nice, food is delicious, especial the Hida beef for the dinner. The location is far from bus station, need to walk around 10-15 mins and 15-20 mins with luggage.
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Date of stay: March 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mag R wrote a review Aug 2015
Vancouver, Canada32 contributions25 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kanjiya (or Kanja on some other websites) is a traditional styled house nestled on the Northern end of the beautiful Shirakawago village. This keeps the house away from the main tourist strip but yet very accessible to all sights in the village. The house is renovated within the traditional style structure and this allows a perfect blend of modern bathroom/toilet facilities within a traditional looking house. The verenda outside each room allows guests to soak up the tranquil environment without leaving the room.

The hosts don't speak much English but they are happy to answer questions as best they can. The meals provided are filling and give an insight to the local cuisine.

I highly recommend this ryokan for at least an overnight stay at the beautiful village of Shirakawago.
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Date of stay: July 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Wareemon wrote a review Dec 2014
Bangkok125 contributions114 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed a night at Kanjiya Japanese guest house in Shirakawago on December 21st. No hotels available in Shirakawago as it is preserved town (Unesco's World Heritage). So only Japanese style gust houses available. All guest houses were built as a traditional “gassho-zukuri” building with a thatched roof and we've got to share bathroom and toilet. At Kanjiya, the bathroom and toilet are modern and clean with a separated toilet for ladies. The rooms just separated by a thin wood wall and as a traditional japanese style accommodation, there is no non-smoking room available. In winter, there will be only movable heather that will be automatically turned itself off every 3 hours so you have got to wake up once it beeps to press continue button or else you gotta sleep and keep yourself warmed under a think blanket. There are only proably 4 rooms available and on that night we had a group of Japanese people sharing the guest house with us. They were quite noisy but once they know it was not only them, they lowered their voice but they are heavy smokers so it was quite irritating if you are allergic to cigarette. However, the dinner and breakfast were just superb. It was a great experience staying at Japanest style guest house in a very charming town, Shirakawago.
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Date of stay: December 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Try to avoid the first room as it has no privacy. All guests have to walk pass your room to...
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RR1231 wrote a review Dec 2014
Shah Alam Selangor411 contributions79 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stay a night on 12th December 2014 , Winter and snowing time .
Share toilet but very modern and good shower with hot tub
Owner very friendly but speak very little English .
Rooms are less privacy and try not to talk so loud .
Dinner and breakfast is something very special and good.
Don't bring too big bag , left everything at the coin locker . So its easy for you to walk around .
As I said , Try it for once in your lifetime .
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Date of stay: December 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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IceCoolBear wrote a review Dec 2014
Singapore134 contributions71 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
a very comfortable stay in November when we were there.
Bathroom and toilet facilities are modern, looks newly renovated and are clean. Hot showers available from 6 am till late at night.
Meals are excellent and the family is welcoming.
Best part of all, in the morning when is misty and peaceful (before all the day trippers arrive),excellent time to take lots of pictures.
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Date of stay: November 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Iva wrote a review Dec 2013
Singapore, Singapore500 contributions29 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Location: It's located almost at the end of the village. There is no house number, and street name. You have to prepare yourself, rough idea where the mishuku is before you reach Shirakawago. You also should try to remember the Japanese name of this minshuku else you gonna miss it. However we didn't have any problem to locate this minshuku. Anyway the village is not very big, you can walk to anywhere easily.

Room: Surprisingly the room is very warm. It's very cozy too. There are total 4 rooms in the farmhouse, just for the guests. Everyone (just the guests) will eat dinner and breakfast in the main dining hall. The family of this farmhouse is staying in another corner which we wont get to see them. 2 toilets (female and male) and bathroom are shared among all guests.

Service: The room is not fancy but it is clean and cozy enough. There is house rule we need to follow since we were living with local Japanese family. We didn't get to talk to the owner since they didn't come out to greet us or something. There is an old lady at age of 80, I think she is owner's mother, attending us most of the time. She is friendly and know the village well. I tried to locate the 3 beautiful gasso house location which we will always see it in the postcard and she knew where they are! Also, she help to dry our wet shoe even we didn't ask her to. That's a very nice touch!

Dining: We love the dinner and traditional Japanese breakfast so much. It's delicious.
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Date of stay: December 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Simon Sng
Singapore, Singapore51 contributions28 helpful votes
I used booking com for our reservation.
Answer from Kate R
Townsville, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
As most traditional houses in Japan yes the walls are paper thin - when we stayed we were the only guests so we didn't have any problem as there were not other guests to disturb us, however if you are self-consious perhaps older Japanese houses aren't the best place to be sleeping.
JLoh22 asked a question Apr 2016
Singapore, Singapore17 contributions5 helpful votes
How far ahead can I make a reservation? Which website should I go to make the reservation?
Answer from airiko
Bangkok, Thailand85 contributions38 helpful votes
I would recommend to book at least 1 month one month or longer in peak time before your trip. This is the last room in Shirakawago when I made booking.
hajijohn wrote a tip May 2015
Melbourne, Australia375 contributions69 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go for the far end from the main entrance"
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Wareemon wrote a tip Dec 2014
Bangkok125 contributions114 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try to avoid the first room as it has no privacy. All guests have to walk pass your room to toilet and it is just next to the guest house main door. As all rooms are just separated by a thin wood wall so it is less privacy so if possible, so visit shirakawago in a big group of 8 and stay at Kanjiya so the guest house is yours:-p"
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Christine O wrote a tip Oct 2014
MELBOURNE5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is a purely Japanese style establishment, so be prepared for a memorable experience if you have not been lucky enough to have had this enlightening voyage before. The food is Japanese as are the bath and sleeping arrangements."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kanjiya
Which popular attractions are close to Kanjiya?
Nearby attractions include Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (0.4 km), The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (0.1 km), and Shirakawago (0.06 km).
Is parking available at Kanjiya?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kanjiya?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ochiudo, Hakusuien, and Cafe Karyudo.
Are there any historical sites close to Kanjiya?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory (0.7 km), Shirakawago (0.06 km), and Wada House (0.4 km).
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