Pros: A real warmth. From check in to the old fashion candies and sodas available in the lobby to the wonderful home cooked meals offered in the "cafeteria" to the large dining area that was welcoming to families, solo travelers and drunken Japanese buddies. Great Sake selection. Though I passed on the enormous selection of tall bottles, even their short bottle of rei shyu was an excellent sake for only 700 yen. The dinner was also amazing. A grilled fish dinner teishoku that included the most gorgeous softly poached egg. All for 900 yen. The room was spacious and included tea and a nice sweet bite.
Cons: Distance from the train station--didn't know what bus to take, so i had a 4.1 mile hike (though only 1.5 miles or so from the Shinkansen station)
Location: it was a rainy night so i took my dinner (which was incredibly tasty.)