This was a treat of a stay - I was here mainly for the food. The ryokan itself is very small; it is located on a corner of a small street and a semi-mainstreet. The entrance is on the quieter street. There are a few restaurants in the area, and a kimono rental shop, as well as shrines and city parks are within walking distance.
I did not try the communal bathing room, because I don't like that concept to begin with.
My other comment on the neutral/negative side is about the concept of ryokan itself. Your shoes get stored by the hotel staff at the entrance, the hotel staff comes by multiple times to provide tea, make the bed, or deliver food (which has multiple courses). I can't seem to relax when the staff comes in so often to "serve you."
However, the food was great. There were a few items that I didn't enjoy out of the variety of dishes that came out. We had sushi, slices of fresh sashimi, creative appetizers in bite-sizes, soup, rice with scallops, fried and twice cooked mackerel, etc. They also make their own Brown Sugar Kuzu Mochi - which had a very smooth texture. I would have to say, although I typically am not a great fan of Japanese cuisine, I was well fed with delicious food at the end of the meal.
When I was there over Christmas, the place was very quiet. Perhaps I had the room farthest from the mainstreet. I am also happy that the ryokan stored my luggage on the day of my departure while I toured the city. Depending on your tastebuds, this could be the hidden gem you could find, in terms of the meal. IF you're looking for a high quality spectaculer Ryokan, the property itself will not live up to that expectation.
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