The ryokan is located at a good location across the road to Dotonburi and along the river.
It is also pretty near to the train stations. There are lots of restaurants around the area and also shopping streets. Don Quitote is just further down the river..and if you walk even further, you will see the all famous Glico sign..
We stayed on the 5th floor facing the river. room is relatively compact but there is a small balcony with a table and two chairs where we can view the river and street of dotonburi and plan our day.
The housekeeping will lay the futon for us around 7pm, I was in the room one time when they were laying it and saw that they were stepping all over it while laying it with their socks on! I think they were probably in a hurry to get all the rooms laid out but I just think they could hv done it more hygienically. The toilet and bathroom are separated. Toilet has a pretty bad smell and I reckon it's the sewage smell so we didnt really spend lots time in it.it's also small, not for big guys cos the wall is just right in front of you.. The bathroom is ok with a small bath tub and nice hot water.
We were given a nice tea set as a gift which is sweet of the ryokan.
the mini fridge in the room cant really store much personal stuff as there hv their own mini bar drinks in there that takes up almost the whole space. I only manage to squeeze in 2-3 small packet of milk.
We requested for kettle in the room to make nice hot coffee as the thermos flask in the room was not hot enough.
Ryokan also provide free service for ladies to try out kimono and take photos. have to prearrange with front desk on it. The kimonos are not those fancy kind with nice material but more of the lower range type. but it was a great experience nonetheless having an experience old lady in her traditional kimono help me wear it.
Wifi is located in lobby... but occasionally we could rcv some signal on the 5th floor.
overall i find that the ryokan needs refurbishment as some of the wallpaper are yellowish or stained and just looks old...
one more thing to note is the noise from the streets can be quite annoying at night if you are early sleeper.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yamatoya Honten is right near "Dotombri" the place that represents Osaka, also easy to go to Shinsaibashi (shopping area) and Den-Den-Town (electronics retailing area). It has Japanese style rooms and baths and there is the traditional Japanese atmosphere. We serve you the best price! ... more less
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