This traditional ryokan is one of the best in Japan yet it manages to put european, non-japanese speaking, guests totally at ease. The rooms are large and beautifully furnished and everywhere in the in there are flowers, art works and furniture of a quality rarely seen outside a museum. In California museums you admire Nakashima chairs from a distance - here you sit on them!
The sense of hospitality was perfect - not too intrusive but with every need anticipated and quietly satisfied. As europeans we have never been terribly comfortable with the onset communal baths - here the private bath, with its view of Kayotei's own mountain, was reserved for us in without us asking and it provided a perfect way to relax before superb kaiseki in a private dining room with (cue sighs of relief) real chairs. Aging western joints can tolerate only so much dining on a tatami mat.
The inn has links with many local farmers and craftsmen and they happily arrange visits to see the artisans at work.
We will be back again and probably again and again, to see the inn in all its seasons.