Japanese Traditional Room 8 Tatami
Authentic Ryokan Experience
It feels that the hotel really tries to give the most authentic Ryokan experience, which is great! The staff were really helpful. They will pick you up from the train station for free, it is only an 8 min walk but handy for luggage. You can ask the tourist information desk in the station to call them if you don't want to make an expensive mobile phone call. They drove us to the monkey park for free, which is also walkable if you prefer. The rooms are clean and spacious with an excellent view. I am no expert but the rooms are authentic Ryokan style with tatami matting, Japanese style futons and a green tea set. There are Yukatas provided for wearing to dinner. We went half-board (I'm not sure if you can do anything else) and they provide a very authentic Japanese dinner. I am open minded about food and not fussy and I had spent the previous two months in Japan eating Japanese food. However, the dinner was challenging for a western palate (you do not get to chose what you have for dinner). The food seemed to be high quality and we were glad to have the opportunity to immerse ourselves more into Japanese culture. We chose the western-style breakfast which was fine.