Actually, the hotel itself is quite shabby and worn-out. I visited Myogaya off-season with my family ad it looked almost like a haunted house with almost no guests and even some ruins of dilapidated hotels around it. On the other hand, the staff were nice and traditional food served in the rooms was delicious (although portions would not be sufficient for most westerners).
However, what this hotel is all about is its private spa. Its located down in a deep valley and by a crystal-clear stream. Its connected to the hotel via a roofed wooden corridor with hundreds of steps. BTW, its one of the few remaining konyoku - "mixed spas" in Japan, which means both sexes are supposed to share it. Because some customers may be uneasy with this arrangement, there are some hours allocated for women only at the main spa plus there are two cosy private spas (for extra fee). Its probably the most romantic spa I have ever visited. If you can bear slightly worn-out rooms, you will be rewarded with a unique bathing experience.More
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