We stayed two nights at this ryokan and had a great time. Our room was large by the standards of other places we stayed and was very clean. I agree that in some places minor repairs were needed (those damn paper doors!) but overall there were no complaints about the facilities.
The owner gave us a very warm greeting when we arrived and was very helpful. On the second day we took our room key with us on a very long walk and when we returned he was very apologetic that they could not get in to our room to make it up. He offered us the already cleaned room next door instead. We declined.
Dinner at the restauant on the river was great. Wada-san, our waitress, patiently tried to explain what every dish was and how to cook the different dishes and was never too busy to answer our questions even though neither was fluent in the other's language. She was lovely.
Many people see Uji as a day trip from Kyoto but it was nice to stay there - even for two nights we did not become bored with the place. Ryokan Aiso was not perfect but the people were so friendly that we are planning to stay there again on our next trip.More
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