Our first experience in a traditional Japanese Ryokan. We were very pleased with our choice. Mikuniya staff are very welcoming they were waiting for us on our arrival. In the entrance you leave to leave your shoes and put on slippers which are laid out on the step. The owners speak really good English and were extremely helpful throughout our stay. The other staff don’t speak a lot of English but never the less still chat away to you in Japanese which is lovely and very friendly. We were taken to our room and asked to relax in low chairs whilst the staff member made green tea for us. The room was a good size although not much space to in the wardrobe and no where really to put cases- we only stayed for a couple of nights so wasn’t too bad but if we had stayed longer it may have driven me mad. There is a room off the main living space which has a sink and there is also a small toilet- there is no bathroom because you use the Onsen private baths in the Ryoken. We booked in for dinner on the first night which was served by the staff in our own room. The food was really well prepared with everything from Sashimi to Crab. Our second night we ate in a steak restaurant a couple of doors down from the Ryoken also owned by the same people- the food here was lovely but not cheap. In the evening futons are laid out – they are single and you are given a very small Buckwheat pillow which if you haven’t used them before may be a little strange- despite what you might think though we still had a good nights sleep. We took the opportunity to try out 2 of the private baths in the ryokan but also had a pass given to us by the staff which gave us access to the other Onsen baths in the town. On arrival you will also be given traditional clothing which you can use during your stay both inside and outside of the Ryokan- although you may feel strange it is worth doing because it is very easy to then get dressed and undressed to use the baths. It is a great experience and although it is expensive it is really worth the money to stay here and enjoy the Japanese food and hospitality. We stayed two nights which really gave us one full day in the town which I felt was probably enough.
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- Also Known As:
- Mikuniya Ryokan Japan/Toyooka, Hyogo