I was extremely sad to leave the next day as we had only booked it for 1 night. They provide excellent service, are all very friendly and warm. If you want a real Japanese experience then this is it.
The room: we had a traditional style ryokan room which had a large bathroom and separate toilet.
The ‘Livingroom’ had a table with a hot water dispenser and tea box. There was a large table and a cat seat (to cute). The second room was a seating area with western chars and a small coffee table. There where yukatas and slippers laid out for you. And while you are at dinner they move the big table and place the futons and a ice cold mineral water dispenser and clean yukatas for the next day. During breakfast at the morning they will put away the futons for you.
The onsen: clean, beautiful, and open 24/7. There are private onsen available for rent. I have tattoo’s and aksed if I can use the public bath. They said it to be no problem but if I want I can put a plaster over them to not upset any other customers. They gave me waterproof plasters at reception.
Dinner/Breakfast: make sure to be hungry as both dinner and breakfast are very large (dinner was 10 courses) beautiful presented and delicious! For breakfast they give you the option for a traditional Japanese one and a Western Style. If you like fish in the mornings, do try the Japanese style!
Location: beautiful area, and a 1.8km walk to the snow monkeys. The walk is through a beautiful forest and takes about 20-30 minutes. They have a shuttle bus going from and to the nearby local train station if you need it. Please ask at reception for details.
The hotel in general: I cannot praise it enough. There is a free coffee and tea room where you can relax and enjoy the gardens. They have a shop within the hotel where they sell Japanese souvenirs and things made in the region. In the mornings farmers sell fresh fruit such as peaches and grapes.
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