I stayed in Marutame Ryokan for my solo trip in Japan.
I had to contact and book the ryokan through the help of a japanese friend, since it was a bit difficult to communicate in english.
The location is very good, central, in the middle of all the places you may want to visit, and not very far from convenience stores and restaurants. It's also a quiet area next to a temple (which looked closed and desert to me).
It's a small very basic traditional japanese accomodation. I've been to many ryokans in my life, so I wasn't exactly thrilled by this one, that is overall ok, but a bit shabby.
The owner was very helpful in trying to provide informations and help me through all my stay. He even accompanied me in person to search for some restaurants where to eat (they didn't cook, despite what is said in other reviews, and I had no contact with other people of the family running the place, that was living in a separate area).
The room was small, they generally try to keep it clean but the walls had stains and I found a bug walking in the middle of it. The common bathroom is also ok, but again a bit shabby feeling, soap is used by everyone and the mugs used in the bathroom and the old dishes used for the tea in the room weren't precisely spotless clean.
There are machines for drkins but they didn't work. Very useful were, instead, the laundry and drying machines. I enjoyed the hot bath tub every evening and it's one of the best things of this place. The price was very good.
The details in terms of cleanliness and good hosting are generally overlooked; the place could really be something after a bit of refurbishing and a bit of care.
Generally speaking it's very ok if you only search for basic and cheap accomodation and you don't really care for a characteristic place.
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