Many important cultural figures have visited Takahan throughout its long history. Among them, Yasunari Kawabata who wrote the novel "Yukiguni" is one of the most well-known. "Yukiguni" is regarded as a masterpiece. both within Japan and overseas. The room where Kawabata stayed, 'Kasumi-no-ma' is still preserved as it was in his day, and it is possible to look around it while listening to explanations from the ryokan staff. There are items related to Kawabata and many other writers and artists on display, so guests can enjoying learning about the links with culture and history throughout the generations.
Local ingredients and regional dishes are actively incorporated into the menu. Rice is from Minami Uonuma and vegetables are obtained directly from partner producers. Over eighty percent of ingredients are purchased from within twenty five kilometers from the ryokan, and the ratio of local produce used is particularly high.
Over eighty percent of suppliers are local businesses. In the event of a disaster the ryokan is open to guests and local residents to ensure the safety of all, so in many ways Takahan has a deep connection with the local community.