I am struggling with picking between a hotel or ryokan experience in Takayama.
Originally the plan was to stay in Ryokan for Takayama and Gassho Zukuri for Shirakawa-go. I was not overly keen on the Gassho after reading reviews however made the decision to go ahead after hearing how busy the place gets and its nice to explore once its quiet.
Whilst that is a unique experience, I still wanted to stay in a Ryokan during our 2.5 week trip to Japan as that is the authentic Japanese experience, right and a must do...but wanted to get opinions on whether the Gassho would be a sufficient enough experience. As the problem is I cant find any reasonably price Ryokan in Takayama for 20 April only want to spend around 10,000 Yen pp or less. I was enquiring with Shimizu who are fully booked and came across Seibe which is cheap (9000 Yen Total for two Room Only) but the problem is it I think if we were doing Ryokan I would like the whole experience of meals and they only do breakfast. Therefore now I am considering a hotel unless I can find a Ryokan and was deciding between Spa Hotel Alpina and Hida Hotel Plaza.
I also would like to experience Onsen which we wont get to try at another time throughout the trip as the rest of the properties are just hotels without onsen.
Looking forward to your help & thoughts with my predicament.
Thanks in advance