The hostel is recommended by a travel guidebook and I could understand the reasons behind after stayed there by myself. I booked the hostels directly by email through their website. It feels quite remote from the station, especially for the first time although the actual distance is only 3-4 km, as the town is full with paddy fields and other farms after 1 km from the station. There are infrequent bus to the hostel area that should be combined with around 10 minutes walk (just follow the small wooden signs in every crossroad/alley). The last bus from the station is around 17:40, otherwise you have to take taxi to reach the hostel. I feel like visiting a relative in the village when arrived there.
The house itself is really nice, with nice library, common room, and even much nicer shared-bathroom! The ambience inside the house is changing during the day and night time, and I really like the ambience there. The owner and his wife treat the guest with sincere friendliness and could suggest itinerary as well as tell stories about Tono. As there's quite remote, it is recommended to take dinner and breakfast there, the home-cooked dishes were tasty and provide you opportunities to interact with other guests. I really like the bath, very relaxing and clean after your adventure.
Rented the bike from the hostel and explored various attractions around, as most of the attractions are located outside the town--not too far from the hostel compared from the station area. And it helps to be already based here as the contour is uphill in some parts. The road signs to the sites are clear and adequate, and they could provide the English map for you as well. It was a great opprotunity to experience Japanese rural stay on the first-hand.