3005, Akayu, Nanyo, Yamagata, Japan
"Recommended by a host of friends and hotel’s past guests, we stayed at ‘Yamagata The Takinami’ on 6/20/2018. We found this legendary, near 400-year-old hotel, just completed total renovation, has all the modern amenities and facilities that provides clean, spacious, comfort, convenient and even luxurious services besides its genuine Japanese ryokan’s quiet, courteous and garden-like environment. Foods are artistically and tastefully prepared with locally fresh and organic produces accompanied by famous Yamagata Beef, along with impeccable services. Their individualized onsen (hot spring) is available in each private room so that while bathing in heathy mineral water, we did enjoy overlooking a beautiful garden beneath. To many foreign tourists, Yamagata is a region worthy of exploration. It boasts one of the best three top beefs and the most sought-after cherry as well as oldest sake wineries, asides from its famous and popular ski resorts and historical architectures."
"The Takinami is a nice blend between tradition and modernity: located in a historic building, but featuring contemporary furniture and a clean, minimalistic interior design with attention to detail. Upon arrival staff is rushing to your car, getting your luggage. You have various options for a welcome drink. If you wish, you can watch a traditional dance and afterwards observe how soba is made, thus check-in before 16h is recommended. Free coffee is available 24/7 and from 20h onwards you can enjoy a free selection of various Sake and liquors in the lounge area. Two bottles of water and two cans of beer are provided in your room free of charge. Staff and manager are very friendly and helpful. However, we were negatively surprised when we learned that our room didn't have a shower due to the cold weather, which basically downgraded the experience to a stay with shared bathroom. We could switch rooms for the next night, but this fact should have been communicated at time of the booking. Make sure you book a room with indoor shower, especially during winter time!"
"If you are with a Japanese person and like Japanese culture, you'll have a great stay here. The property is very clean, the room we had was large and its outdoor hot-tub carved out of a stone. The tub was facing a picturesque Japanese-style pond. The thingst in the room was all top quality: electronics, amenities, and furniture. The food here is very good and the chef will explain all the dishes you are eating, if you sit at the counter for dinner. The hotel makes a special effort to use the food, building materials, and reflect the culture of Yamagata Prefecture."