- Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, room comfort
I was visiting Japan with my family for 2 weeks and wanted a real authenticate Ryokan experience. We booked a private bath bungalow with dinner and breakfast. We took a taxi from the train station and back which was roughly $60.00 US one way which is typical US for a 40 min drive. I decided this was worth it with All or bags. The staff was very good. Especially the Japanese women that served us meals. Although, unlike other reviews stated, there was very little English spoken or understood , but, with Google Translate we managed. The property was a bit worn, but, not to the point of affecting the experience. Be warned, the food is very typical Kaiseki style Japanese and may not fit western pallets. Also the staff tends to run 20-30 mins early. We had dinner scheduled at 7:00 but they knocked and started prepping at 6:30. They have a prep kitchen in your bungalow if you have the private bath. So, be out of you hot tub and presentable 30mins ahead. Also we arrived at 1:00. Checkin was at 3:00. They were addament that I could not stay at the hotel. They did however let me leave our luggage and there is a hot community bath facility just down the road with a little shop so we were able to grab lunch and kill a couple hours Overall I was pleased with the experience.