Yoshino is a beautiful part of Japan and if there for sakura season in early April I highly recommend a visit. Sakoya was not a cheap hotel by any means and the most expensive we had for the trip, but it was really nice. The location was good and central although we walked from the top of the cable car with bags up the hill and I wouldn't recommend this for older people.
The staff were friendly and one even spoke excellent English as he had lived in England for a few years. It was quite big and very clean. There were public onsen but we used our own outdoor bath so not sure what they were like, but I imagine very nice. The room was huge and really nice with seat and table by the window and a place to store bags out of the main room. It was 2 storey and the bottom floor was where the bathroom was. It had a western toilet and a Japanese indoor wooden bath and shower and also our own private oudoor hot spring bath which was really nice and a fantastic expereince. It was great to have a relaxing hot bath, hop into the robes and go and have dinner.
The dinner was included and in their main restaurant area (not in-room). It was really nice, but we'd actually had better at other ryokans. The restaurant could of had more atmosphere but I guess this is why its a modern ryokan, not a traditional one. Still, we had a lovely meal that will be long remembered and a great experience.
Conclusion: Great location (Loved Yoshino's nature in Sakura season), nice and clean ryokan, big rooms, amazing outdoor private balcony hot spring, friendly staff. I would highly recommend this ryokan. The only downside would be price. It was a bit expensive, but I guess thats what the prices are during peak season in April.
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- Also Known As:
- Sakoya Yoshino-Gun, Nara Prefecture, Japan