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Gassho no Yado Magoemon

360 Ogi-machi, Shirakawa-mura, Ono-gun 501-5627 Gifu Prefecture
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Jamie K wrote a review May 2023
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We have wanted to come to Shirakawa-Go for many years and sought to find the ultimate Gassho-Zukiri experience and this was it! We arrived in the sun and were greeted by our friendly host. She soon had the private wooden Cyprus bath ready for us which helped us relax after a long day of travelling and walking. Our room was unbelievably charming with its view over the turquoise river and birdsong emanating through the sliding doors into our wood panel lined room. Our futon beds set up in the joining room which were cosy and comfortable. Dinner was arranged for 6pm and we headed into the main hall. We were met with a wonderful site of our dinner set up with many different seasonal foods, fresh vegetables, pickles, fresh Iwana river fish grilled over the hot coals, roasted tea. After the first round of small plates the host brought out roasted tofu with miso crust and upon lighting our small grills, succulent Hida beef with Maitaki mushrooms. Oishi! After the feast we were treated to soba ice cream which had a lovely nutty, toasty sweet taste. As the sun set the local frogs who were gathered at the freshly plowed rice paddies sang together in unison which emanated around the village. The combination of the sound of the river and the frogs was deeply relaxing and we slept very well in the futons. The sun rose and the washi paper screen slowly let lovely diffused light into the room. Breakfast was just as memorable as the evening meal with a delicious salad of miso and vegetables which fried atop a large leaf. Pickles and some fermented foods were served along side fruit yogurt, rice, omelette, tea and excellent coffee. It was an unforgettable stay and we were very sad to leave. We would recommend for anyone who loves food, history, nature, Japanese culture or all of the above. Although we speak only a little Japanese we managed to communicate perfectly well with the host who also spoke a little English. The most wonderful room you will ever stay in!
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Easy walk from the bus station. The host speaks a little English so good to know some Japanese...
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watamommy C wrote a review Dec 2019
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Such a wonderful and amazing stay at this well-maintained and clean Gassho-zukuri that I wouldn’t mind staying for a week! Total of 6 rooms, 3 were occupied on the night we were there. Our room had 2 areas - A small living area and another area for sleeping. Tea, hot water flask and vanilla cream biscuits were provided. The small living area had sliding doors, it faces a river and mountain. Such scenic view is a rare sight! Take note that there are rooms facing the river & mountain, as well as rooms in the front of the farmhouse, where they’re facing the garden. Both dinner (served @ 6pm) and breakfast (served at 7am) were kaiseiki style, the most memorable for my family were the hoba miso beef and grilled fish! The portions though small were more than sufficient to fill our tummies. The lady host who served us was very polite and patient. She spoke some English and understood most of our questions. Be punctual for your meals. Bathroom facilities are shared and there’s a timing set for bath. 4-9pm.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Bruce R wrote a review Nov 2019
Tooraweenah, Australia19 contributions13 helpful votes
For a newcomer this place revealed Japanese culture at it finest. Food was superb, service excellent with a great location. Our futons and down dooonas kept us snuggled and warm. Great value for money in a most beautiful village. Go for walks early to avoid tourist crowds
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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WeiLynn wrote a review Apr 2019
George Town, Malaysia65 contributions110 helpful votes
We were a group of 6 travelers who had the wonderful opportunity of lodging at Magoemon, in the picturesque Ogimachi village of Shirakawago. Upon arrival, we were given a warm welcome by our host, a sweet and kindly old lady, who took us on a quick tour of the house and pointed out a notice in English at the reception counter, indicating meal times (dinner at 6pm, breakfast at 7.30am) and bath times (6-7.30am, 4-5.30pm, after dinner-9pm). With some hand gesturing by our friendly host, coupled with an audible English word or two within a string of Japanese words, I think we managed to grasp the key message conveyed to us. We cherished the experience of staying in a Gassho-style thatched house - practically-architected and aesthetically-pleasing! Furnishing and deco was simple and minimal, hence allowing the architecture of the building – with its solid timber beams and wooden walls and delicate sliding doors – to be the focal point (note: walls are thin and you will be able to hear your neighbors, despite them speaking in low decibels). Bedrooms were cozy with sufficient heating. In the day, the furnishing consisted of a low Japanese table with some cushions on a tatami mat. By night time, the table had been replaced by comfortable futons that were discreetly brought in and set up in the room, while we had dinner. The 6 of us were housed in 3 rooms on the ground floor, separated by sliding panels i.e. we had the option of opening the panels to form a rather large space. Sliding panels also opened up to a picturesque view overlooking a street with neighboring Gassho houses, framed by misty snow-capped hills. As for the bathrooms, there were separate toilets for ladies and gents and 1 common bathroom with 2 showers and a wooden Japanese hot tub within a shared space (two in the family would be able to shower at the same time). The lovely traditional-looking bathroom with modern amenities and hot water was spotlessly clean. Meal times were something we looked forward to, where we attempted to dress-Japanese by donning yukatas provided by the ryokan and sit-Japanese on tatami mats at our little individual tables neatly positioned around a traditional Irori hearth in the atmospheric dining area. Dinner was multi-course – the main course of rice with grilled miso beef, fish, mountain vegetables and pickles was served first, followed by a bowl of miso soup, tofu (resembling an ice-cream on a stick), tempura and fruits. So try not to over-load on rice too early in the meal! Our main consideration for spending a night in Shirakawago, apart from enjoying the experience of staying in a traditional house, was to avoid the day-trippers… and there were plenty of them, given how accessible the village was to the nearby town of Takayama, only a 50-minute bus ride away. We woke up early to explore the small village (6.30-7.30am) and what a marked difference it was from the bustle of the previous afternoon! It was quiet and peaceful without the crowds, more befitting of a picturesque countryside village. I dare say that the only grouse we had was the dilemma of choosing between spending more time outdoors exploring the pretty as a picture village or lounging indoors soaking up the simple comforts of the ryokan! On hindsight, perhaps an extra night may have been the solution :-) Arigatou Gozaimasu to our hosts for their hospitality and for opening up their home to us!
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Nancy M wrote a review Mar 2019
San Carlos, California7 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed here with a family of 6 - children aged 15, 13, 11 and 7. Everyone enjoyed it tremendously. The dinner, served on traditional tatami in the old house, was incredible. Our kids are familiar with Japanese food and like it, but I think most kids would enjoy the meal. Staying in the old town and the old home after all the tourists have left town is a truly unique experience.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Bornean wrote a review Jan 2019
Perth, Australia1548 contributions221 helpful votes
Gassho houses are difficult to book, we had to try different Japanese sites, and if yoursucky like us, someone will take up the task to find you suitable accommodation in Shirakawago. We enjoyed the stay, the house is well located, close to an udon restaurant in which we ate two meals. The meals were served in a large and atmospheric dining area. Bathrooms and toilets were shared. Overall, a good quality accommodation in a very popular village.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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whattosay wrote a review June 2018
Wanaka, New Zealand859 contributions62 helpful votes
We had one night here and really enjoyed it. We had a river facing room which was quiet and it was lovely to go to sleep to the sound of the river and frogs. We barely heard our neighbours - the walls are wooden not paper, and we were presumably lucky about having considerate people sleeping next door. Little English spoken but it didn't matter, everything is obvious and the welcome was friendly. Food was great. The town is not as isolated as i was expecting - it's basically just off a major highway, but once you're actually in the town, you don't register the highway and it's very quiet in the evening and first thing in the morning before the day trippers arrive.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Charlie S wrote a review May 2018
Victoria, Australia945 contributions321 helpful votes
The timber-work, matting and walls of this 150 year-old house are just beautiful. Dinner with local ingredients was great. Onshen for two suited a couple. Segregated shared, bathroom facilities were quite modern.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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AAquilina90 wrote a review May 2018
Melbourne, Australia46 contributions76 helpful votes
Magoemon was one of the highlights from our Japan trip in summer 2017. This family run inn was extremely accomodating and provided one of the most delicious japanese dinner and breakfast I have ever had (eaten with all other guests staying at the ryokan). food was extremely fresh and sourced locally... very yummy fish and vegetables. We were very lucky to get the room the furthest from the entry, which had a beautiful view of the river runnining along the ryokan. Even though it was the middle of summer, we had a pleasant sleep, and did not get any mosquitos! No air conditioning, but the fan did the job. The hosts were beautiful people, very welcoming. The rooms do not have a private bathroom/toilet, however the shared facilities were very clean, and the bath was able to be locked when in use (mixed gender). I would highly recommend to stay here!!
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chloe B wrote a review May 2018
London, United Kingdom25 contributions8 helpful votes
Stayed for 1 night in twin room overlooking river - very serene and peaceful once the day trip tourists have left. Ryokan very easy to reach. Would highly recommend leaving large luggage either at Takayama coin lockers / Shirkarwargo bus station. Miss the tourists and arrive after 3PM. Take an early morning walk post breakfast up to observation deck before the tour buses arrive (you’ll be up early for breakfast served at 7.30/ check out by 9.30) Hosts were very welcoming and easy to communicate with. Shared bathrooms exceptionally clean with showers and bathing bath. Communal dinner/breakfast - interesting and delicious. A unique experience!
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gassho no Yado Magoemon
Which popular attractions are close to Gassho no Yado Magoemon?
Nearby attractions include Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen (0.4 km), The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses (0.1 km), and Shirakawago (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gassho no Yado Magoemon?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and a hot tub.
What food & drink options are available at Gassho no Yado Magoemon?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Gassho no Yado Magoemon?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gassho no Yado Magoemon?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ochiudo, Irori, and Hakusuien.
Are there any historical sites close to Gassho no Yado Magoemon?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory (0.6 km), Shirakawago (0.2 km), and Wada House (0.2 km).