Beautifully constructed log cabin hotel. The coffee shop which is also the place for breakfast is a separate log cabin across the road from the hotel with views of the mountains. We were there in the last week of November and it was the peak of the autumn foliage; the mountains and the town was covered with autumn foliage and spectacular. I am sure it is even more spectacular in spring as the entire mountain outside the log restaurant is covered with cherry trees. There are cherry trees just outside of our room and in the log lounge area so I can imagine how beautiful it is in spring. The owner has taken pains to build the hotel from logs found in the mountains of Yoshino and he has a photo album of the entire building process. Enjoyed both the dinner and breakfast - the omelet was excellent. The staff members are very friendly and hospitable and go the extra mile. When we came back from walking in the rain for several hours, our shoes were wet but the next morning they were all cleaned and dried. When we left, the staff member who sent us to the railway station waited till our train departed before she drove off. Compared with the spring season, Yoshino is quiet with no crowds and few cars in autumn and the autumn colors are brilliant.
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- Ryokan Kato Yoshino-Gun, Nara Prefecture, Japan
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