Firstly, this was our first and only experience of a ryokan and onsen style so those with more expertise may disagree with my review. It was very convenient from the bus stop ($1,000yen from the train station) to where they are located which is also a negative being so close to the road you could hear the cars drive by. This is my only complaint. Overall, everything else was absolutely wonderful. The staff had limited english but more than enough to accommodate your needs. I loved having our own private onsen in our room. It was wonderful because we traveled with a 2.5 year old and a 5 mth old. Try to pack light since traveling in Japan you are responsible getting luggage around.
We decided to try the public onsen as well and they are also very nice. They are separated for male and female. The breakfast was a very traditional and nice to experience.More