1649, Komanba, Nakatsugawa, Gifu, Japan
1.9km from JR Nakatsugawa Station
6.6km from JR Ochiaigawa station
"When we booked it was described as a holiday house so we were not sure what to expect. Turned out our “room” was actually a 200 year old traditional house. One of several across the property. It is run by an extended family and has been in the family for several generations. We were given traditional robes and shown how to put them on properly. Our house consisted of two large rooms divided by sliding screens with a corridor going all the way around. There was a toilet attached and we had a “bathroom” next door - this turned out to be one of two onsens for our own use on the first night then divided into male and female the next day as more guests had arrived. We were surrounded by lush woodland and woke to the sound of bids. We could hear train noise in the distance but it was never enough to disturb us. The sleeping arrangements were traditional futons on otami mats and pillows that seemed to be filled with plastic beads. Even making up the beds was a very choreographed event. Dinner and breakfast were served in our house by the chef and an assistant. Dinner was eight courses of traditional Japanese dishes, brought to us one at a time and the ingredients explained to us by the chef. Breakfast was similar but only six courses. We asked to be given less the next day as we just couldn’t finish it all. We were close to a number of different walks, and our hosts offered to drive us to any starting point we requested. They also arranged for a private tour of the history museum the day we left. Expensive, not your regular luxury accommodation but a priceless experience."
"Original home stay experience. The hut is original and very old - so on one hand to have an original experience on the others hand the rooms have to be refreshed (especially the toilet and onsen) for the price you pay. You have an on room WC but no shower and you use the public bath (onsen) which is also nice but again very old. I think I ryokan experience in Japan is a must it’s always expensive and I’m sure that for the same price nice and fresher rooms are available. But Nagataki is worth the visit and stay for it superb service and extraordinary food you get. Dinner was one of the best meal we had in Japan and breakfast which was also traditional was surprisingly delicious too. We don’t eat meat and seafood and still the chef (who is also the sons owner) adapted the meal accordingly without a problem. If you want to experience a real traditional, romantic and delicious home stay - that’s your place. "
"The three nights we stayed in this hotel were the highlight of our trip to Japan. Wonderful personal service from the staff. Lots of information about what to do in the area, and free transfers to and from the hotel. The food, breakfast and dinner each day was exceptional. The best food by far of our trip. They can cope with ease with any dietary requirements if you let them know in advance. It's a traditional property, but they explain everything for you. The bath house at the end of a long day hiking the Nakasendo trail, hidden away in the gardens and surrounded by trees, was a wonderful treat. "