November 6, 2004
Our room turned out to be a combination Western- and Japanese-style room (this might have been an upgrade). I was at first a little disappointed, but looking back, the room was quite comfortable. We lay on the beds watching the news on TV (while there was a terrible typhoon occurring outside,) and later in the evening, retired to the Japanese futons on the tatami mats. The room was a good size, modern, comfortable, and decorated in pastel tones. Each room is supposed to have a nice view of the Alps.
The onsen bath was okay-it was a big room with a wall-to-wall window looking out into the trees. There was a door to a smaller outdoor bath, which I enjoyed by myself since no one else wanted to bathe in the beginnings of a typhoon. It was really refreshing, however! Because of the storm, the view was not at its best. Hotel guests also have access to the next-door, Kur Alps, a spa/amusement-like park with different types of onsen baths. Unfortunately, the weather prevented me from venturing over there.
The hotel has a shuttle bus that loops every 30 minutes to the Takayama station. There is a nice gift shop in the lobby. Our room came with a buffet breakfast that was in a restaurant with a wonderful view of the Alps.
Besides checking in and out, I didn't require any assistance from the staff, so I can't comment on that. However, the staff seemed highly accessible.
If you are looking for a place that's a bit secluded to unwind, then the Associa Takayama might be your best bet. If you want to visit the main sites of Takayama, you will need to rely on the shuttle bus to get to the station. Since it leaves only once every 30 minutes, you can lose a lot of time if you wait between buses.
I paid ¥28,800 for two people for a room and breakfast. This was through a travel agent. You can also book a room on the internet for around ¥21,000 (without breakfast).
From journal Takayama-Edo town in the Japan Alps