This ryokan is located in a beautiful area about 50-60 min from Kyoto's city center. With trees and foliage everywhere, I can imagine this place being even more stunning in the fall (we just missed the cherry blossoms...).
The lodging itself is somewhat "dated," as others have noted, but that did not detract at all from the experience. The rooms (ours had a lovely quasi-balcony that overlooked the town and mountains) and common areas were all impeccably clean and the staff was incredibly friendly and attentive. The meals were the highlight of the experience, however, with several courses. Western diners like us may not always know what they are eating, but we loved it all, especially the chicken sukiyaki. And while not all travelers will feel so comfortable getting naked in the (gender separated) hot springs, we had no qualms about it and found it enjoyable.
All told, everything about our stay was relaxing, which was a nice change of pace after being in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and cramming in nonstop sightseeing in Kyoto. I recommend this place, especially for those travelers looking to get a taste of the traditional ryokan experience, without having to break the bank on one of the more high-end options.More
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