We stayed here as a birthday treat for my husband for 1 night. This was the full luxury ryokan experience. Our traditional room (in the new building) was very spacious, with a lovely sitting area with sea views. The room had its own onsen bath so we were able to enjoy this ritual without navigating the embarrassment of bathing with strangers. There is also a communal outdoor bath though we didn't try it. All rooms allow smoking but we didn't notice any stale tobacco smell in ours. The meals were wonderful but check in with an empty stomach because there's a lot of food! The dinner was a multi-course affair (better than any high end Japanese in Sydney) and the Japanese breakfast had so many delicious components. We had our 10 year old with us and he thoroughly enjoyed the traditional ryokan experience (onsen bathing, wearing a yukata to dinner, sleeping on the floor). We are lucky he is a foodie and more than happy to try anything new (even the natto!). The service was impeccable and the overall ambience serene and relaxing. Though pricey, it's definitely worth the splurge.
We made the mistake of deciding to walk from the train station to the hotel. It shows up as only a 15 minute walk on Google Maps but it's all uphill! Use the hotel's complimentary pick up service or catch a taxi if you're traveling by train.More
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