From the moment you enter the Tawaraya Ryokan you are immediately transported into a traditional Japanese oasis. We were greeted by the ever polite and humble staff with warm down slippers and served tea in the waiting room whilst our rooms were made ready. Our luggage was whisked upstairs by a tiny older japanese man before we could assist him. The room was a delight with small sitting nooks with heated floors, traditional japanese floor mats, and beautiful cushions and mats to sit on at a low table with a view over an exquisite japanese garden. We were served home made sweet rice crackers and rose tea as we took in the exquisite surroundings. The wooden tub filled with steaming hot water was welcome at the end of a long day. The finishing touches to the room were the hand detailed tissue boxes, sewing kits, tabi socks, japanese robes in the cupboard, fluffy towels and lovely toiletries, as well as fragranced sacks attached to the coat hangers in the cupboard. When we returned from our dinner, our luxurious futons were laid out with their marshmallow soft duvets and pillows, a small Tiffany clock and lamp placed beside them. In the morning we were woken to be served freshly squeezed orange juice and green tea, then served a unique japanese breakfast all beautifully presented. The inn is a special and unique experience of japanese culture and history and is highly recommended.