Miboro Ryokan
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Miboro Ryokan

126-3 Maki, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5505 Gifu Prefecture
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#3 of 5 ryokans in Shirakawa-mura
3.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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Miboro Ryokan is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Shirakawa-mura, offering a quaint environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

Guest rooms offer air conditioning.

In addition, guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their visit.

If you are interested in exploring Shirakawa-mura, check out an art museum, such as Shirakawago Gasshozukuri Homurajin Museum.

Enjoy your stay in Shirakawa-mura!

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nubwagger wrote a review Feb 2015
Golden, Colorado60 contributions13 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This ryokan was a welcome respite from the busy hotels in the big cities of Tokyo and Kyoto. Staying here, out in the country, was one of our favorite experiences in Japan. The family that owns the ryokan are just wonderful, friendly, inviting people. Dinner was course after amazing course of food that was almost too beautifully prepared to eat. They explained to us in little English what most of it was. Come hungry! Just perfect for the adventuresome. Dinner was a spectacular event and we savored every minute. They give you a choice of hida (local beef) steak, or hida beef cooked shabu shabu style. This means it is sliced thin and you cook it in boiling water yourself--don't worry, they show you how. We chose one plate of each. Both great. Breakfast was equally delicious and impressive and a bit smaller, thank goodness, though not lacking!

We felt the family really went out of their way to make sure we had a great experience. The house was full of art and artifacts and was beautiful in itself. There is a pond outside and a little walk to the river. There isn't much sightseeing to do within walking distance, but I would return here in a heartbeat--I wish we had booked more than one night. For gourmet meals and relaxation it was just what we were looking for.

To get there, we took a bus from Takayama to the tiny and historic town of Shirakawa-go. It was a beautiful bus ride. We had emailed the owner several weeks in advance what time the bus we were taking would come in (they have regularly scheduled routes) and what time we wanted to be picked up at the Shirakawa-go bus station. Since it was late in the afternoon, we asked that we be picked right up as soon as we got into town. We were happily greeted and driven a short distance to the ryokan (15 minutes). They asked when we would like dinner and prepared according to our wishes. In the morning, the ryokan owners then took us back to Shirakawa-go (after breakfast, and again at the time of our choosing) and we explored town before we headed back to Takayama to catch trains, etc. My only regret is not planning more time for relaxing at the ryokan. Also, when I emailed them our pickup time I emailed in English and also translated my paragraph to Japanese using Google Translate on the web. Not sure if this helped, but we had no communication problems. They always emailed us back right away. Use this link for planning your bus route/time: http://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/shirakawago_kanazawa.html

It is a little pricey to do the roundtrip bus from Takayama to Shirakawa-go (maybe $40/person), but if you are looking for a little country relaxation and personalized hospitality, and you love to try new food, then it is well worth it. I think the price for dinner and hotel stay was reasonable and worth every penny. The family that run this establishment are truly lovely and worked so well through the language barrier to make sure our stay was amazing. And it was!
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Date of stay: October 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Hoppoloppo wrote a review June 2017
Stockholm, Sweden26 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited at low season in june, it was very calm and beautiful. Rooms are big, clean and beautiful! Garden is beautiful! Feels really luxurious! The onsen, hot spring pool was family style and very nice! Dinner and breakfast was amazing and local, served in a private room. We could not be more satisfied! Thank you for having us! We wish to come again! We recommend everyone to visit Miboro Ryokan!
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Date of stay: June 2017
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pimpear wrote a review Apr 2017
Bangkok, Thailand216 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was such as cosy Ryokan with a huge room. I felt very chill out when getting up early to have a cup of tea in the morning with nice view from my room. Also, there is a private onsen. The dinner and breakfast are very traditional japanese. Excellent experience and I would like to come back there again.
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Date of stay: March 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jane K wrote a review Oct 2016
Durrus, Ireland4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This ryokan met our high expectations ... the meals were excellent, traditional Japanese cuisine, and very plentiful. The staff were very accommodating and led us gently through the Japanese customs. The rooms very lovely, spotlessly clean, beautiful tatami, comfortable futon, and neck-friendly sculpted pillows. The bath was able to be private and very very warm and soothing after a long day, The riverside location amid these stunning mountains was a special treatment and the quiet was most peaceful. Our son and his lovely Japanese wife were likewise impressed, and she verified the authenticity of the entire experience. Paying with a USA credit card was very simple. That it was virtually at the rural bus stop facilitated both arrival and departure.
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Date of stay: October 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Request river ir pond views
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elena p wrote a review Sept 2015
18 contributions3 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at this ryokan thanks to some positive reviews. Coming from Tokyo it was a pleasure to be in such a beautiful and tranquil place.
The family living there is so kind and welcoming; I've never experienced something like that.
The house is very simple and super clean. The bathrooms are shared but always impeccable (and pure Japanese style).
Shirakawa-go village is just 10 minutes far by car and the owner is always available for taking you there.
We wanted to fish and they took us to the best places nearby... and suggested to be aware of the bears!!!
If you like beautiful mountains and rivers, good air and amazing food this is the place for you.
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Date of stay: August 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pat L wrote a review Jan 2015
The Netherlands9 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have really enjoyed our time at this family-run ryokan. It is located on the road towards shirakawago. If you enjoy nature and tranquility, it will be a really wonderful place to stay. The family is very welcoming and we had our dinner there, which was simply impeccable. We were there in May and lucky enough to have wild vegetables tempura. Though food is always good in Japan, what you have in Miboro is just beyond. Highly recommended if you would like to have authentic ryokan experience and enjoy tranquil nature.
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Date of stay: May 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LinusLee wrote a review Aug 2014
Singapore, Singapore162 contributions53 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The family-run ryokan is located some 20min drive from Shirakawago. The owner picked us up in his mini bus after our visit to the village. We had a bedroom for 3 on the first floor and they actually gave us another room for relaxation! Toilet and bathroom/onsen are shared but they are sparkling clean. They even have this arrangement that after 9pm, you can have the bathroom/onsen to yourself. Just lock the door and put up a sign outside the onsen. My friend loves this arrangement as she isn't used to showering people around.

During dinner time, dishes after dishes were served, and every one of them was laid out delicately. We added in shabu shabu and beef steak. The thought of it still makes me drool! Breakfast was equally sumptuous too. We were given a souvenir each with our names on it. they were specially made by the owner of the ryokan. Do note that none of them speak English except the owner's daughter-in-law.

We had a good rest from our hectic itinerary and my friend actually asked if she could stay longer :) We paid about 14,500yen each inclusive of meals. A bit pricey but worth the experience
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Date of stay: August 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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nzskater wrote a review July 2012
Auckland Central, New Zealand72 contributions52 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked this last minute after a late afternoon decision to head to Shirakawa-Go. Couldn't have made a better one in hindsight.

The Ryokan itself is perfect; A beautiful old building that has been really well maintained and feels very comfortable, clean and secure.

Service is impeccable. I've been traveling with someone that speaks Japanese and they commented on how professional and personable the staff are. The Okami is increadibly kind, helpful and warm.

As another reviewer has mentioned the food is what makes this place better than most, if not all. It's absolutely amazing. Cooked by the Okami's husband and son using local produce both domestic and wild, the presentation through to the flavour it is perfect. Aspiring chefs should pay a visit to get inspiration and anyone that appreciates good food needs to take time out to come here. Agree that this is hands down the best food I've eaten in Japan, and takes a place in my top three worldwide.

Come here to experience a side of Japan rarely seen by foreigners. Be polite, respect their customs and culture and enjoy.
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Date of stay: July 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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meimeianz wrote a review Feb 2018
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan35 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are a real gourmet, looking for an escape at true old fashioned country auberge of Japan style, near Shirakawa-go, this is it. I would highly recommend it because of the quality of DINNER and BREAKFAST prepared by the experienced chef of this family owned inn/ restaurant.

There is no chance of reaching there with public transportation, so you will have to drive up there yourself, which is a burden for foreign travelers, but worth it, I promise. (Take Shinkansen Jo-etsu line for 2.5 hours to Toyama, and rent a car. It takes 3 hours highway driving via Shirakawa-go. There is no English nameplate in front of the inn, so you can miss it easily. Quite challenging for foreign travelers, huh? This area used to be known as a difficult-to-reach area. )

It is in style of traditional "ryokan"-inn of Japan, where you sleep on ”futon" on "tatami"-floored room. Do NOT expect the Hyatt Regency quality large scale deluxe facility. This is a country log cabin where your aunt and uncle welcomes you with their dog and backyard and the surrounding hillside melancholic landscape. The window view is nothing spectacular at all, and the facility is NOT the "Gassho"-style house of Shirakawa-go, that you may be intrigued by and wish to stay in.

However, the dinner is SUPER. It is not of aunt's quality, but of professional's. You will be served with the finest quality local "Hida" beef with other dishes of the quality of most expensive five star Tokyo restaurants. Honestly, the price of a stay here is a real bargain, compared to those dinner restaurants.

Bon apetit, and after the dinner, enjoy the conversation with the aunt and the dog at the cozy living room with ”irori"-fireplace.

And don't forget that you have another BIG meal in the morning.
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Date of stay: December 2017
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Florian B wrote a review July 2014
Paris, France78 contributions67 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to have an authentic Japanese experience, this is the place to stay at.

This family-owned ryokan is about 10min by car from Shirakawago and the owner kindly picked us up after our visit of this village. We were warmly welcomed by some members of the family.

Our room was upstairs with a beautiful view on the mountains. It was so quiet! We were alone in the ryokan at that time which was a chance for us. We enjoyed spending time in their onsen.

And, then came the best part with the dinner – every dish was amazing and very tasty. We chose to go for the shabu-shabu menu and it was definitively worth it (although a little bit pricey)! Probably one of the best meals we had in Japan.

We could not have had a better experience.
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Date of stay: September 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 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 as a couple
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Harvey J wrote a tip Apr 2019
Willow Springs, Illinois102 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"As noted there is a 2 room suite. Get it if you can."
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Jane K wrote a tip Oct 2016
Durrus, Ireland4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Request river ir pond views"
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