It's fraying around the edges a wee bit (that'll be the charming bit then!). Staff are increadibly friendly and helpful (and patient when your Japanese isn't quite right).
The food is outstanding - served in your room in a seemingly never ending parade of local specialties.
The baths are great. I'm sure all that sulphur must be healthy. I spent a day hiking the pilgrimage trail (and for those considering that, the maps don't quite make it clear how much climbing, and descending you'll be doing - beware!) and the baths were lifesaving and I hink genuinely prevented me being crippled the next day.
For soft Westerners who like a full mattress the futon and floor were a wee bit hard - that's more a comment on me than anything else. I'd love to give this place a 4.5 (1/2 a mark off for slightly basic amenities, and the slightly restless night) if Tripadvisor let you!
From what I saw, and speaking to 2 guys on a bike tour staying in the Minshuku opposite over the stream, this is the best place to stay in the village, and probably the best base for exploring the nearby Kumano Kodo sights.
I'm still note sure how I was meant to eat those fish-heads with chopsticks mind you.....
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- Ryokan Azumaya Tanabe, Japan - Wakayama Prefecture