The inn isn't particularly easy to find, since that part of town doesn't have any street names it seems (only block names). We arrived at night, and the taxi driver was a bit confused, but after he called the owners, we eventually got there. Do take some time to plan your arrival to avoid making our mistake.
Because of a change of travel plans, we had to book the smallest room there, called "Aogiri." It was very comfy and carefully decorated, but after the futons were spread out, it felt a little bit cluttered. The other rooms do look much larger though. In the winter, the paper-made windows can feel a little thin, so it's necessary to leave the air-con on all the time.
The owner was very welcoming and attended to our every need very attentively. We enjoyed a particularly tasty Japanese-style breakfast in the morning.
The inn itself is beautifully refurbished, and provides a great taste of traditional Japanese architecture — even though that means sharing bathrooms and programming one's shower time, which wasn't much of a bother.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come to rest in our tiny yet superb Japanese Ryokan. One the first floor is our auberge restaurant where we serve our guests an originally cooked full course dinner. On the 2nd floor are our 5 guest rooms. Our Japanese style hotel has no private bathrooms nor toilets. It has been remodeled in 2004, but we kept the original style. This may be limiting, but we believe this keeps the spirit of a traditional Japanese ryokan.We are not perfect at speaking English, but we know about great service. Please enjoy this unique hotel and relax. Our staff is devoted to your needs.Enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast prepared by the Okami herself in secluded dining rooms while enjoying the view of our Japanese garden. ... more less
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