Japanese-Style Room with Open-Air Bath
A memorable experience
It was our first time to Japan, and we weren't exactly sure what the whole experience would be like. While there was a bit of a language barrier we were not disappointed in the least. Right from the moment we got on the shuttle (from Ogotoonsen the nearest train station) to when we were dropped off, the staff did everything they could to make our stay as memorable as possible. The dinner served in our room was incredible, breakfast equally amazing, and having the private osen in our room tied everything together. I was a bit worried beforehand about the dinner since I don't eat any meat except fish, but they accommodated without issue. The only unexpected bit was the hotel was not right on the lake and there was a small road inbetween, but very little traffic and the well kept garden near the windows blocked things out. Apparently it's pretty common that they are not completely out of town so they're accessible to locals. Would definitely go back and would recommend it to anyone.
I booked two nights at this place to experience real Japanese accommodations. We ended up leaving after one night because the place was extremely cold and uncomfortable. I can't believe the amount of money they charged us. It's a ripoff. Yes they have Japanese set up in the room, futons and authentic breakfast. We had rooms with tubs which were more expensive. The place was freezing, the stone tub is protected from the outside by the bamboo shade. The shower is next to the tub right outside. I did use it and it was very uncomfortable. Sleeping on futons is ok but the room was cold. Breakfast is for hardcore Japanese. We just had rice and miso soup. Location is terrible. No restaurants around or anything else.
Memorable Kyoto Stay
My friend and I were hesitant to stay here, because it was off from the central Kyoto. BUT, coming here was a great choice we made. This is the ideal Ryokan. It is clean, has very peaceful and calm environment, and we had their in-room kaiseki dinner at a reasonable price. Totally worth it. We booked a room with a private bath, and that really made our stay there memorable. The room provided choices of Japanese robe, yukata to wear, along with ladies setting up our futons for us. On top of the great service and special experiences, they provided us the hotel shuttle to take us to the train station the check out morning. I would totally recommend this place:) Oh, and colorful delicious seasonal ingredients breakfast included was a cherry on top!