The owners were extremely welcoming and lovely. The room was spacious and clean with a beautiful view overlooking the garden and koi pond. The owners gave us a lift to the snow monkey park entrance and even offered us to borrow snow boots at no charge for the day saving us 800 yen pp to hire them at the gate. The small cosy village of Yudanaka was beautiful with many great authentic Japanese restaurants. We had breakfast included with our stay and it was an incredible meal of 8 or so Japanese dishes home cooked by the owners and served in a private dining room. The open air Onsen (outdoor) was amazing and I was fortunate enough to have snow falling while in the bath! Can't rate this place high enough!!
This was our first experience sleeping in a ryokan. We enjoyed our Japanese breakfast and dinner, the onsen, the sound of the water in the garden but most of all the hospitality. We slept in a room with two comfortable beds and our daughter in the tatami room with an extra futon. We recommend buying a pass for 600 yen to visit 3 other hotel onsens. The one opposite our hotel was beautiful. We felt totally relaxed after Tokyo.
It’s the odest ryokan in Yudanaka that is owner-managed. The owners are very responsive to emails and offered to fetch us from the Yudanaka station on arrival (only 0.9km away, but the walk would have been up a steep hill), and also drop us off at the monkey park. They are very attentive and always asked what what time we’d like to have dinner/breakfast etc. You must try the kaiseki dinner. I would also recommend having breakfast at the ryokan as very few eateries are open before 11am - food is fantastic! They also lend you snow boots if you require them for the snow monkey park. The outdoor onsen is a must try! Beautiful in the morning with snow on the bushes.
Not going to lie. This place needs some updating and could benefit from some simple aesthetic touches. But even given that, I would definitely stay here again. The family who runs the place are so helpful and friendly, going as far to insist I borrow boots and hand warmers to be warmer (and it really helped). The food (I had the dinner and breakfast) is terrific. The place is really relaxing, and I so enjoyed walking around in a kimono and soaking in the onsen (bath house). I hope to visit again!
A loverly traditional Japanese Ryokan, run by a loverly family and situated in the best bit of the village of Yudanaka, Yamanouchi. There are three onsen at the property ... two indoors and one out in the snow ... once you've experienced the traditional hot spring fed onsen you have to really force yourself to leave the premises to go and visit the fabulous wild Japanese Macaques ... 'Snow Monkeys' ... bathing in their own onsen in the forest ! The owners are a delight ... and so helpful ... like having a Japanese mum, dad and extended family! Nothing was too much trouble ... a pick up from the station, insisted on a loan of snow boots and a drop of at the snow monkey park ... and a drop back off at the station at the end of our, too short, four day stay. The rooms ... with tatami mats, traditional futons, antique furniture and paper shōji walls... are a step pack into Japans past (they even use still use circa 1960's rotary dial wired telephones.) They will also cook traditional Japanese breakfasts and dinners on demand ... whilst for variety there are also some good restaurants just a small walk away. Nice snow falls added to the experience ...…