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Kidoya

Style: Gassho-Zukuri

Per Person: ¥7000 ~ ¥10000

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Address (English)

590 Ogimachi Shirakawa-mura
Ono-gun
Gifu-ken

Address (Japanese)

MAP & DIRECTIONS

GUEST REVIEWS

REQUEST AVAILABILITY

Welcome to Kidoya. This Gassho-Zukuri has 5 traditional Japanese-style guest rooms. There is also a shared bath and toilet facilities for the guests. Homemade Japanese-style cuisine is served to the guests at Kidoya. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 9:00 am. Some English is spoken. Snow Warning: There is a lot of snow in Shirakawa-go in January and February so please bring a pair of boots. Shirakawa-go can get up to 2 meters (over 6 feet) of snow in February.

Facilities

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GUEST ROOMS

  • Japanese Style Room with Private Bath
  • Japanese Style Room with Private Toilet Avialable
  • Large Japanese Style Room (4 or more guests)
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Hanare, (Private Guest Residence)
  • Towels
  • Children under 12 Years allowed:

HOT SPRINGS and BATHING FACILITIES

  • Shared Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Hot Spring Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Hot Spring Bath in Guest Room
  • Private Outdoor Hot Spring Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Hot Spring Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Hot Spring Bath
  • Shared Outdoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Shared Indoor Bath (Same Gender Only)
  • Private Outdoor Bath (Attached to Guest Room)
  • "Family Bath" (Privately Reserved Bath)
  • Mixed Outdoor Bath (Both Genders)

MEALS

  • Dinner and Breakfast Plan Available
  • Breakfast Plan Only Available
  • No Meal Plan Available
  • Special Meal Request (e.g. No Pork)
  • Vegetarian Meals (with fish)
  • Vegetarian Meals (no fish but with fish broth)
  • Western-style Breakfast
  • Dinner Served in Guest Room
  • Breakfast Served in Guest Room

OTHER

  • English Ability of the Ryokan Staff/Owners: No English Spoken
  • Internet Connection: Wifi Available
  • Parking: Free Parking
  • Curfew Time: 22:00
  • Pickup Service:
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Our stay at Kidoya

Inga

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Canada

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Very friendly staff, some basic English is spoken, so no problems there. Clean, well maintained facilities, big room. An excellent food, both dinner and breakfast. We also got a discount coupon for an onsen at Shirakawa-go no Yu Hotel. Overall is was an unforgettable experience, which I would highly recommend to anyone travelling in Japan.

Unique experience at Kidoya

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

We stayed for 2 nights at Kidoya. The ryokan was quite near the entrance of the village, therefore it was easy to find it. We were able to deposit our luggages at the ryokan before we explored the surrounding area. Some of the places of interest (Doburoku Festival Museum and Myozenji Temple and House) are near the ryokan itself. The quantity of food served is plentiful and there are a variety of food to try. For example, dinner will include fish, hida beef cooked with vegetables (the vegetables soaked up the sauce and taste yummy!), tempura, tofu and some side dishes. As the ryokan offered the same breakfast and dinner option on a daily basis, the lady host actually apologised to us for serving the same dishes. She even made some slight changes to the side dishes served. We are appreciative of her thoughtful gesture. It was an unique experience to stay at the ryokan and experienced life away from the city. We especially enjoyed the early morning walk during our ryokan stay when there were much lesser people and the surrounding felt very peaceful and quiet.

Traditional

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Malaysia

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

This is a traditional ryokan without frills. It is what you would probably experience at your grandparents place in a countryside. You will be really disappointed if you expect it to be similar to some modern ryokan in the city. We however enjoyed the basic set-up of this rustic ryokan. It was raining when we arrived. An elderly lady met us and help wipe dry our luggage and show us to our room. She doesn\'t speak English but we get what she was saying in her stern Japanese and hand gestures. The place is spotlessly clean and tidy. The room is large and the futon was very comfortable and warm. There is no need for the heater this time of the year. We did however turn it on to quickly warm up the room and noticed the strong kerosene smell it emits. Dinner (beef, fish and some side dishes with rice) was simple but nice. Breakfast was just miso paste, rice, some sides and yogurt. Enjoyed eating the rice with the miso paste. Those buying the discounted onsen ticket, do remember to bring the white thin towel provided by the ryokan, otherwise you have to pay Yen300 to rent one at the onsen or pay Yen100 to buy the white thin towel (which I only found out much later). The onsen however is a long walk away but it was enjoyable walking down the quiet road in the cool night air.

Great experience

sinat

Month Of Visit: May

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Room is big and clean. Food is fresh and delicious. Staff is very friendly, she cooked food earlier for us because we left there before breakfast time. Surroundings is very peaceful and beautiful especially at the morning before the tourists come.

It\'s a nice experience

Jaclyn

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 1

We were there on the third week of March. By then the snow had already melted, leaving behind a lot of mud and mush as the foliage struggles to come back to life. The area is rather touristy especially during the day. The guesthouse is a nice experience of Japanese hospitality. But if you\'re hoping to be an aea where you experience activities around after dinner, well there isn\'t. It\'s a very rural area with nothing much that goes on at night other than to be stuck in your cosy room. The room is kept clean and clear signs are stuck around. It gives a good glimpse of how these houses are structured internally.

OK but....

Stephen

Month Of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 2

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 3

Room Rating - 2

I travel a great deal and am a super positive person, but honestly I was disappointed. The town itself was nice, however the way the house was presented was below standard. Old sticky tape holds up poorly presented hand written signs, the accommodation information is presented in an old scruffy folder and despite paying for our 6 year old son - they refused to provide a towel for him. Sad as I never write bad reviews, but for the considerable money paid it should have been much more professional. Our airbnb accommodation throughout Japan left this to shame... Takayama, just down the road, offers a more attractive and interesting township with far better service, accommodation and value I\'m sorry to say...

Enjoyable experince

Yan Hui

Month Of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

We arrived in the middle of winter, and the kotatsu in the room was a really nice touch. The room was also very spacious for two - even with the futons spread out there was still space to sit in the kotatsu. The futons also contained a hot water bottle, which was much appreciated. Dinner of Hida beef was fantastic, and the breakfast was much simpler. No problems with the sharing bathroom and toilets, as there were only six guests that night. Soaking in the ofuro really warmed us up. Owner of the gassho house was friendly and hospitable, and it was a pleasure speaking to her in Japanese.

Good experince

Surat

Month Of Visit: February

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

Ryokan is okay. The owner is also nice. However, unluckily that not very much snow (as expected) on the day we stayed

Ricky Budiono

Ricky

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Indonesia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

one word......wonderfull

Memorable experience in Shirakawa-go!

Yee Hooi

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Malaysia

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 3

It was truly a great experience to put up a night in the old gasho house. Gasho house is kinda old but I would said that the ladies had put up an effort to maintain the cleanliness of the place. The owners and workers can\'t speak much english but had tried their very best to make sure we put up a great stay. In terms of atmosphere, it was pretty much up to your luck. We were rather unlucky that there were a bunch of kids with strong British essence yelling the four letters word starting from F all night long over the gasho house, even its after 10p.m. at night and we felt that there was nothing much all of us could do. Overall, do hope that we can still put up a night over there sometime in future!

An wonderful Stay

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The house and room was clean. Despite unable to speak English, the elder lady shown us and explained the facilities to us. I am not a meat eater and have a tasteful veg meal provided to me. Futons was very comfortable with the hot water bottle to warn it before we laid on it. The heater in on timer and went off couple of time at night. As there was nothing to do after dinner (dinner at 7.30pm), we went for the onsen which was few minutes walk. I have missed the viewing point on the day of arrival, the younger lady has shared that the next day sun raise time and if I still wanted to catch the view of the village, I am able to do so with an early (6.30am) walk up to the viewing point and back for breakfast at 7.30am - I am so happy that I did it as is beautiful beyond word!

Good experience

Doris

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 3

Room Rating - 3

It was snowing when we arrived at Kidoya. The hostess provided us with a warm welcome. Food is great, the rooms are comfortable, except we can feel the draught coming in during the night even though we were provided with a heater. The heater however automatically switched off during the night and we have to get up to switch it on again. Futons were very comfortable, and we were even provided with hot water bottles! Hostess left us to ourselves after explaining the house rules and showing us the facilities . It would be nice if she were to spend a little more time to talk to us. Overall it is a good experience to stay in these old houses

Great Experience

Melisa

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Indonesia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

Amazing place, amazing food, friendly owners, we had great experience in Shirakawa-go. Hopefully we can come back to Shirakawa-go

Traditional Japanese Ryokan Experience

Lorraine

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

THe old Gasho house is probably 200 years old, so dont expect a swanky room but soak in the experience of a traditional japanese ryokan that reflects how people have lived in the countryside back in the days. The food is good, rooms are clean albeit a little run down. Shared toilets are not a problem, the thick futon is a good sleep in cold winter. Heater is provided and location is very easy to find. Nice hospitality, breakfast is simple and can be better.

Wonderful experience

Suja

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

We had a wonderful experience in terms of the place Shirakawa -Go and the stay. We are vegetarians and the willingness of the hostess to go the extra mile in giving us a pure vegetarian meal was heart warming. We really appreciate the sincerity of the effort. Not only was the meal very tasty but was also very varied and gave us the opportunity to taste Japanese food without losing out due to our dietary restriction. The minshuku was clean and the stay very pleasant and comfortable.

A moment in Japanese cultural history

David

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 3

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

This entire village is an unforgettable place and a deeply enriching experience. The old gassho style homes gave it a very homely feel. Kidoya may appear slghtly aged and unappealing compared to the other homes in the vicinity, but once inside, things were quite neat and tidy. There was some wear and tear to the sliding doors to the rooms and some mould on the walls. The shared living/dining area was well kept and had enough space to fit a full home (10-12 people). The bathroom/toilet area was also shared space, but my wife and I did not have any trouble with overcrowding or having to wait too long to use the facilities. The hosts had adequate English, which made communication much easier. They were very friendly and helpful. Our dinner and breakfast was big treat of local culture. The foods might not to be to everyone\'s style, and I would call it very homely and traditional, but it was a good experience. We had extra blankets in our rooms as it was also getting colder.

Worth an experience!

Kai Wei

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

The traditional gassho zukuri stay is worth the experience. The house is equipped with the basics - tatami mats, comfortable blankets and heater to keep warm. There\'s no private bathroom and the temperature dips drastically at night. Dinner and breakfast was sufficient. Overall a lovely experience but do manage your expectation on the facilities as this is an old house!

Very interesting and pleasant experience

John

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 3

My wife and I had a large room which allowed us to spread out our luggage as there was minimal hanging facilities. This was a minor issue as we were only staying 1 night. We were anxious about \'sleeping on the floor\' but found the futon quite comfortable. The only concern we had with the room was the emergency exit sign in the hallway shone through the paper walls and made it difficult to get to sleep. Despite trepidation, the onsen bath was a pleasant experience. The bath and toilet facilities were very good. The traditional dinner was good, we were guided by a Japanese couple also staying overnight as to the protocol of eating such a diverse range of dishes. We again benefited from their guidance for eating breakfast. The owners largely left us to our own devices and despite the language barrier, we managed to communicate. I would recommend others to stay here.

Fantastic stay in a traditional Gassho Zukuri!

Alexandra

Month Of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Switzerland

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

This minshuku was not our first choice when searching for accommodation in Shiragawa-Go, however our experience there was only positive. We really felt like living in another era. Of course the house is cultural heritage and therefore very old but this does not mean that it is unclean. The room was very spacious, our beds very comfortable and the food both dinner and breakfast delicious! I appreciated that they gave us to taste the traditional sake of the village. No other dinner included that.The staff tried to explain everything in english as good as they could.The location is super, as it is very close from the main bridge and the parking lot. I would definitely stay there again in the future!

Excellent experience of traditional Japanese culture

Month Of Visit: September

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

Staying at this Ryokan in a heritage village allowed us (party of 4) to experience and take in the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese village home. The Ryokan hostess, Maki, showed us excellent hospitality and explained most things clearly to us. The tatami rooms were clean and spacious. We were welcomed with a pot of hot Japanese tea and cookies in our rooms. There were separate shared male and female toilets. The shared bathroom for washing could be locked for private use. There were shared wash basins outside the bathroom for general use. The facilities were clean. WiFi service was good. We were given beautiful Yukatas to wear. We enjoyed the traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast and as we were also able to chat the other guests during the mealtimes. Our futons were prepared for us while we had dinner. The futons were comfortable and it was very peaceful at night. The location was easy to get to and it was easy walking to all places within the village. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and highly recommended.

Living heritage

Ammu

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Australia

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

We had a lovely time, and truly experienced the traditional life style. The food is just beyond what one can imagine, so fresh and tasty. Locals are so generous and hospitable. Certainly a trip worth considering.

Great Food Great Price

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer: Hong Kong

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

wonderful and comfortable stay. great food. great staff.

Good stay

Rowena

Month Of Visit: June

Country Of Reviewer: New Zealand

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

This wasn\'t my first choice of ryokan (due to Japanese Guest Houses sending me an email stating that single people weren\'t able to book a night...) but my 8-year-old and I enjoyed staying here. The food was lovely and they made an effort to create child-friendly meals for her. My meal was more than adequate and everything on my table was explained to me, including fish from the local river. The sake which came with the evening meal was heavenly. The room was comfortable and I enjoyed wearing the yukata (robe) that was provided as the cotton was fine and smooth. The host\'s English is quite adequate and the other hosts are friendly. I think I had been spoiled, having stayed a week in beautiful tatami rooms by the time I got to Shirakawago, so I was used to the interior of old houses by the time I got to Kidoya. I recommend staying two nights as the village is impossibly beautiful.

peaceful stay

Emily

Month Of Visit: March

Country Of Reviewer: USA

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 3

We were the only guests at Kidoya and we missed having dining companions, but it was nice to have the bath and toilets to ourselves. It would not have been a big deal to share with another couple or two though and take turns. The bath does have a lock on the door so you can have privacy if you prefer, the wooden tub is luxurious. The guesthouse may be a little on the run-down side if you prefer very nice accommodations, it reminded me of staying at my grandmother\'s house and the futons were very comfortable. We were quite cozy. It was a wonderful experience!

Experience to taste Traditional Japanese Culture

Oi Lin

Month Of Visit: January

Country Of Reviewer: Hong Kong

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 4

First time to Japan, Kidoya gave me a chance to experience traditional Japanese food and living style. Shirakawa-go ppl are very nice.It was raining when I arrived Shirakawa-go, Kidoya provided rubber rain boots for visitors. So we had great experience in Shirakawa-go even the roads, paths and bridge were slippery and wet.

Great Experience!! Love it<3

Pimsiri

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The room is very big and clean, very traditional Japanese style. We\'re 4 female so we got 2 rooms and it was connection room, great!. The food is very delicious especially Hida beef. The owner is very nice and friendly, they help us a lots. This town is very beautiful like a fairy tail town all in snow (remind me for \"Frozen\" Disney cartoon. We had very great experience and will come back again for sure.

great experience at Kidoya

Wing yan

Month Of Visit: December

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 4

Room Rating - 5

My husband and I stayed at Kidoya ryokan on Dec 23 2014, and had a very good time there. The owner is friendly and nice. It was not our choice of gassho ryokan at first but there was only one available room at Kidoya at the time of booking. It turned out to be a good choice. Communication with the owner is Actually not a big problem as she can speak and understand simple English and her warm gesture has also solved the barrier. Really liked the tatami room and the corridor (liked what you will see in Japanese drama). In winter there is a heater for the room and heater under the table, but I still feel cold in the middle of the night. There is also socket in the room so you can charge your camera or mobile. Wi-Fi is also available. Dinner and breakfast was prepared by the owner and food was nice, include hida beef, river fish and local yasai (vegetable ). You can also buy tickets for the onsen bath nearby (about 8 min walk) at a discounted price from the owner. Overall we had a good time staying there so that we have a longer time to spend at the beautiful shirakawago village, and we recommend to stay at Kidoya ryokan.

Unforgettable stay!

Caryl

Month Of Visit: November

Country Of Reviewer: Singapore

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

A very short walk from the bus terminal, and easy to locate. An amazing experience staying in a gassho-zukuri hut in an atmospheric old village, truly one of our best stays in Japan! Place was well-kept, cozy ambiance, spacious room. Very impressed by the sumptuous dinner spread too, the Hida beef was superb! Soaking in the Japanese bathtub was also a special experience, nice way to combat the cold outside. Very enjoyable overall, reluctant to leave!

Lovely weekend, memorable experience

Sandy

Month Of Visit: July

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 5

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

My daughter and I spent two peaceful nights at Kidoya. It was a nice respite between our busy days in Tokyo and Kyoto. The ryokan was very comfortable and cozy. We arrived late on a wet summer evening due to train delays, and one of the women there picked us up from a different bus stop in her car. They even kept dinner waiting for us. Even though it\'s a shared space, there wasn\'t an issue with the facilities. You just know you have to take a turn and share. (One of the earlier comments mentioned mold and run down rooms, but those Gassho houses are old, so taking that into consideration, they were in good shape and very clean.) The ryokan was full our first night and empty the second, but both nights were quiet and serene. The women who ran the ryokan were so kind and thoughtful. Their English was good enough to communicate important information, since we spoke very little Japanese. And the food was filling and delicious. We will always remember our time there.

True experience

Andreas

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer:

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 5

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

2014, weather still cool but people were warm. Great experience to learn how traditional living was. toilet use was interesting for 13 people but was OK for us. We pick public bath & skipped the single tub/shower. Dinner and breakfast were great. We loved the experience. The portable heater was annoying when it sounded warning music every 3 hours. We should have it shut off but room gets cold without it. Love the room for 2 of us. It was cool to sleep on the tatami. We had to add a little more padding but at least we have more sleeping area than a Japanese hotel beds.

Another great moment in Japan

Peera

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Thailand

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 5

The owner was very friendly and smiley eventhough communication is a major problem, Food especially hida beef and the soy paste was tasty. The room is big enough for couple, well equipped with heater and electric kettle, Blanket and mattress is clean, no idea about bathroom as we didnt use it because of freezing weather. hahahaha

Unforgetable Traditional Japanese Experience

Anita

Month Of Visit: April

Country Of Reviewer: Indonesia

Atmosphere Rating - 4

Food Rating - 5

Staff Rating - 4

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 4

The location is very easy to find. The bathroom is very clean, the ofuro (bathtub) can fit 2persons. The room is big for standard in Japan (the size is 8tatami). And the hida beef is very delicious! They give us extra blankets and heater because the weather was really cold, such a nice and polite hospitality.

Rundown

mariana

Month Of Visit: October

Country Of Reviewer: Brazil

Atmosphere Rating - 3

Food Rating - 4

Staff Rating - 3

Location Rating - 5

Room Rating - 2

The old gasho house is amazing wich leaves you immersed in the atmosphere of the old village. The food is very good. But the rooms are really runed down and unkept. There are mold on the walls, torn paper on the paper doors, the ofuro didnt look very clean.
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