There's nothing particularly wrong with being average and this ryokan is average. Walking in, you are greeted by a friendly, pleasant and accomodating owner (who lives and has his office on a step-up from the ground floor). In the lobby area, there is a long table, chairs and two computers for internet access.
Access to the rooms upstairs is via a pretty steep set of stairs (if you have large luggage, you are in for a bit of a challenge).
I stayed in a single without bath on the 2nd floor so I can only comment on that experience. The room was adequate in terms of size and had a smallish LCD TV (which was pretty cool, even though it is strictly Japanese programming). There was also a booklet containing advice and a JR Rail timetable). There was a nice sized closet for hanging clothes. Outside, there was a large sink (seemed more suited to a restaurant kitchen) where one brushed their teeth and/or shaved.
There is a washer/dryer combo (washer is 300 yen, dryer free). There is no Japanese bath but a very roomy, western-style shower with shampoo and body wash pumps built into the wall. Just the opposite is true for the toilet though; it was a somewhat claustrophobic closet with a heated toilet seat that, given the bathroom's size, turned the room into a bit of a sauna (still can't figure out why one needs a heated seat in the summer, but whatever...).
As far as ambiance, the ryokan has none; it's strictly functional. Additionally, it is somewhat worn at the heel - renovation of all the common areas is clearly needed. Great room rates sometimes come at a cost...
I do have one issue regarding cleanliness. And it might have been me... but I'm not too sure of that but when I woke and had a chance to see the futon fully exposed, the sheeting seemed rather dirty (and not of the extended period of use kind, the not washed or not washed very well kind). I also observed that, when cleaning other rooms, the gentleman did not bring out sheeting from any of the rooms. Not changing the sheeting every day during an extended stay is one thing, offering anything other than a sparkling white bed set to newly arrived customers. is another.
If any others notice this, include it in the write-up as the owner needs to be called out on something like this if it is the case.
All in all, an adequate place (although I'm not sure I'd do an extended stay there personally speaking).
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We are very sorry about the sheeting.We do not change sheeting everyday unless it is dirty or so
but we are very sorry about it.
We hope there will be an oppurtunity to serve you in the future maybe in another season or so.
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