It probably didn’t help that I had just stayed in a very expensive Ryokan in Miyajima before coming to this one – so by comparison it was never going to be as good but I was pleased that mostly it was pretty decent. The place is family run and as a result it is a little bit more budget. The rooms are smaller and more basic and you see the limits in the detail. So instead of a water heater to make tea you get hot water in a kettle, things like this. The welcome and check-in was easy although the slippers for use are one-size fits none, nobody staying there seemed happy in them – to pointy and even for my small feet they didn’t fit, bigger guys staying there were more out of them than in them so maybe bring your own if you can take some slippers from a hotel.
The bedding is decent enough but again not a high end stuff so not as comfy as others. Food was very good – dinner and breakfast there was plenty of food and it was all good – one thing though is that when they say a meal period starts at a certain time, they mean that is when it is served, not the window for you to come down. If you do not realize this and turn up 30 minutes into the window then your food will have been sitting for that time – although most of it will not be hot some of it will have been.
The toilets are western but there are only a few for the number of rooms, so apart from getting up early, there will always be a queue. The baths area is decent but small, so 3 people in there washing or changing at once means that it is a bit more awkward than it would have been with more space.
These limitations come with the budget though, so I accepted them as the place. The family were very helpful though, very friendly and kind in their dealings and, while it is still limited, they do their best to make it better for everyone, which was very much appreciated.
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