Perhaps more than is normally the case, the experience you'll have at this ryokan will depend on your needs & expectations. It *is* a little run down, small, messy in parts, and a little grimy. But, again, these judgements depend on what you're used to and expecting. It *does* sometimes smell smokey. The owners speak very little, if any, English.
If you're looking for a gleaming, clean experience with tourist bells & whistles you will be disappointed. If you're feeling tired after a long journey, are only in town for a day or two, and want to be pampered without having to go out of the building too much this may not be the place for you.
However, the ryokan is cheap, very close to the castle and the city, convenient enough to the main station, reasonably quiet (we've never had any problems sleeping), and usually not very full—tho' on Japanese holidays it can fill up for a night or two. The owners/managers—it is mainly run by an older woman—are very, very nice & very friendly. If you make the effort to communicate respectfully, they're very helpful—within the limitations of their (and our) language skills.
We've been there a few times over a number of years, always return, and enjoy it very much. It feels like a minshuku ryokan—a family home which takes in visitors. If you're wanting to go slow, interact with the people you meet, and don't mind fending for yourself—we've been unaware of any b'fast or dinner options; in any case, it's so cheap it's no big deal to eat somewhere else—this is a good, cheap, and sometimes quirky option.
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