I stayed for one night in Sakoya with my mother and my girlfriend in the charming but sleepy Yoshino. I have stayed in many Ryokan`s over the years, so the novelty factor has kind of worn off. To really enjoy a stay in a nice Ryokan is easy though. Whats not to like? They are clean, the foods nearly always excellent, the rooms are usually beautiful and spacious and they nearly always have nice public baths, or if your lucky, an Onsen. However, they are expensive. So once the novelty wears off, personally speaking, they have to tick more than just the above boxes to keep me satisfied that my yen is well spent.
Thankfully, Sakoya does just that. From the moment we entered the reception I knew we were going to enjoy it. The place is stunning! It sits on the side of a hill looking down a small valley. I could only imagine how pretty it must be during Cherry Blossom. Were were put in room 1 which consisted of a western style toilet, very spacious main room and a second small room with the view down the valley. We also had two wooden baths, one inside with a shower and the other on the balcony. Despite the cold weather, I used the one outside and it was brilliant. The Onsen here are also excellent, the mens consisted of two main baths one indoor and one outdoor. They even had free sake in a barrel next to the outdoor bath. The food was superb, but what separated it from other Ryokans was the effort the chef went to accomadate a vegetarian (my girlfriend) he had even used an alternative to fish broth in her main dish. We were also served plum wine with our meal that they make on site and it was awsome. I did ask to buy a bottle but unfortunaltly they dont sell it. When we checked out in the morning, we were thouroughly relaxed and ready to face the world, and the long train ride to Osaka. The manager Tsu and some of the staff came to see us off and my mother couldnt believe that they were all here just to say goodbuy to there guests. A wonderfull way to finish the stay. Make no mistake, if you want the Authentic Ryokan experience, then look no further. Its traditional, beautiful, has friendly staff, excellent food and has a great atmosphere.
Yoshino is like sleepy hollow when its not Cherry Blossom but that should be why you come to Yoshino not why you shouldnt come. I you want to chill out for a night and just forget the real world for a day, then I would thouroughly recomend Sakoya.
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