On the 25th of December 2015, I received an e-mail from The Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association (HIDA) of Japan inviting me to join nine other Experts to experience a place called Gifu. Gifu Prefecture is located in Central Honshu, Japan’s main island and has played an important role in Japan’s history because of its strategic location. But honestly – why haven’t I heard about this place even before this invitation? I was excited anyway and was very eager to learn about Gifu so I packed my clothes way before my scheduled flight!
I skimmed through the documents that came along with the invitation to search for our accommodation since I committed to writing about hotels and restaurants. You know what I found out? We will be hotel hopping for the five day trip! This is going to be an adventure!
From the list of hotels, HOTAKASO YAMANO HOTEL particularly caught my attention because their website gave an option for guests to choose to book a western style room or a Japanese style room. I emailed, Yuki Tanaka, one of the the organizers and requested for her to book me in a Japanese style room and I was elated to find out that there was one available for me!
To cut the story short, let me just bring you to HOTAKASO YAMANO HOTEL. Have fun with me as I explore their Japanese style room.
But before that, here is how the hotel looked like when we arrived:
The hotel looks heavenly right? But that will be for another article. Now, let me walk you through my one-of-a-kind room.
Ooops, before we get inside, I would like to remind you to leave your shoes outside. An inside slipper will be provided for you.
You might wonder, how about their restroom? Well, it looks pretty much western to me. The only difference is that the toilet is separated from the shower.
I also enjoyed the regular soaking tub..
Those are the five distinctive features of a Japanese style room. Throughout the night, I could not hide my amazement at how rich the Japanese culture is and I am truly blessed to have experienced it through an overnight stay at HOTAKASO YAMANO HOTEL at Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.
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My wife and I were looking for a place for dessert and a cozy spot where we can sit, relax, and plan for our year 2016. Since it is the 24th of December and knowing that there is an impending heavy traffic, we decided to drive outside the Central Business District of Baguio City and found ourselves at…
I am sorry that I never bothered to ask who ARCA is, where is ARCA, is ARCA a he, a she, or whether ARCA stands for something. (lol) But one thing is for sure, ARCA has a YARD and we are about to check it out…
When we entered the place, my wife and I were greeted with art pieces that made us feel as if we visited a cordilleran museum. With that, I already told my self that it was worth the drive.
And there is this wall…
ARCA’S YARD has a dining hall on its ground floor and it has a stairway leading to an attic. We opted for the attic and wow…
ARCA’S YARD attic is like a mini library filled with books, carpets and pieces of furniture where you and your friends can comfortably dine. It has magical windows that allow you to experience a view of the cordillera mountains.
Apart from eating, here are some of the things you can do at ARCA’S YARD:
But more than the many things that you can do at ARCA’S YARD, of course we came here to taste their food, so…
We made our selection after asking them their best sellers and so let us start to do what we are here for:
RHUBARB PIE ALA MODE
STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE @ P90.00 per tall glass. I usually don’t like ordering strawberry shakes because most of the restaurants overdo its sweetness. However, when I sipped from my wife’s drink, I loved every drop of it because the sweetness is, if I may use the word, tame.
Just in case we get a little hungry from our year 2016 planning, we ordered their CHEESEBURGER w/ FRIES @ P240.00.
We stayed at ARCA’S YARD longer than we thought because we enjoyed the serenity and what are the odds that we will be having the attic to ourselves. It was so serene and my body was demanding a nap but of course that is not possible. If you visit during non-peak hours or non-peak days, the only sound that you will hear are some chit-chats from guests dining in the ground floor, vehicles traversing the Ambuklao Road and the click clacking of horseshoe sound.
We already achieved our purpose of planning for the year 2016 but we thought that our ARCA’S YARD experience won’t be complete if we won’t taste their best selling CAMOTE PIE ALA MODE:
Now, we need to rate our ARCA’S YARD experience:
PRICE: Very reasonable.
LOCATION: Without traffic, it is 12 to 15 minutes drive from the Central Business District of Baguio City. It has an easy to remember address – 777 Tiptop, Ambuklao Road, Baguio City.
PARKING SPACE: Their frontage will fit about 2 cars, you can also park by the road side. I am not sure if they have other provisions for parking.
AMBIANCE: Very conducive for meeting and catching up with friends. You can have an alone time if you visit them during non-peak hours. They play instrumental music which adds to stimulating your artistic juices. If you are a writer, I am sure you will find some inspiration at ARCA’S YARD.
CUSTOMER SERVICE: The staff are very patient and will immediately attend to your needs, well that was probably because there were a few customers when we went there. We will try to visit them during peak-hours/season and see if the service will still be the same. Accordingly, they are mostly full during weekends.
So if you are from Baguio City, explore this restaurant and experience how they fused early tradition with the gourmet era. For tourists, don’t leave our City without having a taste of ARCA’S YARD RHUBARB PIE ALA MODE and CAMOTE PIE ALA MODE, don’t forget to complement that with their CLOUD TEA!!
Until the next spoonful folks!
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