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Reviewed 2 January 2017

Excellent base for exploring the gassho villages of Shirakawa-go and Ainokura - the latter is better. Fantastic cooked breakfast and dinner. Helpful inn owner who provided travel tips. Comfortable and large rooms and beds. Can't ask for more in this region of Japan.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

Location wise it is very convenience location especially if you are planning to go to Shirakawa-go historic villages. However, lady at check in/out counter is not friendly at all. She took our identity card for photo copied and forget to return next day and not apologies for her mistake. Also she wrongly charged us rate as 3 adults instead of 2 adults and 1 child, and charge us for 2 beers instead of 1 beer and again not apologies for wrong charges.
Hot Spring at the hotel is nice and clean and dinner is also pretty good too.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Myat007
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Reviewed 8 June 2016

I've not stayed in many ryokans but this one is just not up to the standards of the others. Isolated in a small town, fairly old construction, no chairs in room. Dinner was good but breakfast was limited.

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with friends
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Thank Kairho1
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Reviewed 2 January 2015 via mobile

Akaokan is located near the Shirakawa-go historic villages, it has the best location and superb traditional Japanese cuisine.
We travelled there with our kids and we had wonderful and unforgettable time in Akaokan's Japanese style room. Akaokan is operated by a Japanese family that stayed in the ryokan itself, so you can see little kids walking and playing around at the common area of the ryokan sometimes. I strongly recommend this place to those who travel with family or with kids, as the ryokan very welcoming guests with kids. Though not everyone could speak English in the ryokan, they are still very helpful and attentive, they saw us going out and quickly passed us 2 sleds in blue for my son and pink for my daughter! How thoughtful! We are always forgetful and left our belongings like wallet, iPads, etc at the common area / lobby, and they always kept and returned to us later. I'd like to highlight the food is incredibly good, breakfast and dinner are served in a warm, heated room and Japanese rice and tea are free flow. Upon check in, they'll ask your preferred breakfast and dinner serving time, they'll call to your room, every time before they serve the food. The room is very cosy and clean, air conditioner, portable heater and heater under the tea table always kept us warm and feel like home staying there. The ryokan is very well maintained, everything looks like new, especially the bathroom and toilet. We love the inhouse onsen so much, and the hosts allow us to visit the onsen anytime of the day without limits, and the onsen is just next to our room! We didn't even had the chance to visit our own bathroom, hahaha... The stay is truly an incredible good experience, I'll definitely come back again next year and will recommend to others!

Stayed: December 2014
Thank CharlotteCwh
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Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2018, travelled with friends
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