With a single room priced at less than $100 I was worried. Didn’t need to be. On par with Metropolitan hotels in bigger cities. Ample Japanese breakfast included. No onsen. Room windows open a bit for fresh air. Clean. Quiet. Big lobby. 5 min flat walk to end of main street that starts at station. Didn’t try restaurant. Went looking for local color and found it at Den. Good local spot run by mother and daughter who keep the place ( 10 or so counter seats) and a couple tables lively. See review. Good bike ride to Futurosa village but take cycle path instead of street.
The hotel is a bit far from the train station by walking. It is probably one of the best hotel in a quite town. The hotel location is close to several tourist attractions, such as museums, library. The rooms has larger spaces than those in a big city. Generally, the rooms decoration is just about typical japanese styles. The rooms facilities are average. The good part is that the hotel has a large public hot bath rooms. The breakfast is delicious. The staff is also helpful, though it's quite difficult to communicate in English.
We drove into the city of Tohno without having any reservation for accommodation. Not knowing anything about the geography of the city, we were driving towards a small hill where we found this hotel. It was conveniently located to the city museum (right next door) and a few other well-known destinations in Tohno. So, we walked to the reception and asked for a room. At JPY19,014 for two with breakfast, it is relatively expensive for the region and for booking without middleman. Parking within the building was an extra of JPY500. The region of Tohno is filled with many interesting folktales, but that doesn’t mean it has nice views. It doesn't. From our room, the city view towards JR Tohno Station was boring. The room was okay. A unique attraction of the hotel is a session by “kataribé” or storytellers in the evening (every day at 6:00 p.m.) for the hotel guests. For about 30 minutes, two or three local “kataribé” come to a small hall and present several stories passed down for generations by the people of Tohno. After all, Tohno is probably best known for the “Tohno Monogatari” or The Legends of Tono. Most “kataribé” are women, but on the day we stayed, we had both female and male “kataribé.”…
The service we received was great, very polite staff even if they cannot communicate in the same language. Some of the staff there speaks English as well as Japanese. The rooms are well kept and the room comes with a kimono as well. Very fine stay in a great town.
I did not expect a good service or a warm hospitality from this hotel, when I made a reservation here because of the location (a western style hotel in a very tiny small town). But, it wasn't. Everyone at the hotel was very polite and kind to us. We were very lucky to be able to stay at this wonderful hotel, where everybody always smiles and tries to make the guests feel comfortable.