Tanabe is a real gem - a little more upmarket than most of Takayama's historical ryokan's even though it has been in business for over 80 years. There are 17 traditional Japanese-style rooms, and in this instance each has their own private bath and toilet, as well as TVs, fridges and tea & coffee makers. The highlight of the property is a beautiful shared onsen rock bath and an adjacent elegant cypress wood bath.
Tanabe Ryokan specialises in serving its guests the best of the local Takayama cuisine - locally grown potatoes, river fish, hoba miso, Hida beef, and home-made pickles. Free coffee is served at the lobby, and a common lounge with an Irori hearth is available for all guests.