If you're looking for an authentic, traditional experience, you need to stay here. The ryokan is nestled in a forested mountaintop surrounded by traditional Japanese gardens and beautiful temples. The ryokan itself is a traditional Japanese inn with hot spring baths, tatami matted floors and extravagant Japanese meals served in your own private dining room. Our room was large with a private bath overlooking a Buddhist temple. I found it uncomfortable to sleep on the floor on futon mats, but my husband and 9 year-old daughter were quite comfortable. I ended up using extra mats that were stored in our closet.
Overall, we have an unforgettable experience. Most of it was due to our lovely hostess, always dressed in beautiful kimonos and so very sweet. She made us feel like family. She enjoyed preparing extravagant meals for us. The food was very traditional. It included egg omelettes, sushi, a wide variety of fish, rice, soups, salads and other foods that were foreign to us, but we tasted everything even if it looked strange. I'd definitely stay here again.