The location facing the river is pleasant, and must be spectacularly beautiful in June when the irises are in bloom. The hotel seems large and characterless and looked a little in need of repair when I stayed there in October 2012. I started out in a western-style room that was rather gloomy with creaking beds. Then I transferred to a traditional Japanese room that was terrific. Bright, airy and serenely uncluttered (apart from some incongruously tacky looking massage equipment and an electric vat for boiling water that should have been kept out of sight in the generous closet space). The closet contained a lot of futon matresses so I could stack them on the tatami floor until the desired level of comfort was reached. Being an English speaker was not a problem as two charming members of staff spoke excellent English. My single communication problem was with the tea-making arrangements as the water boiler just had instructions in Japanese, and the only way I could get water out of it was by bailing with a tea bowl. The green tea provided was delicious. The public bath on the top floor was a little worse for wear, but totally clean and a pleasure to use. The floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to absorb the view while soaking in the tub, although I wondered if anyone on the other side of the river had a telescope.
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