Stayed for two nights in May 2013 with my wife. The tatami-style rooms are spacious and comfortable, the service is attentive but not overbearing, and the location is a convenient short walk from the train station and from the main tourist attractions of the town. It is on a side street with minimal traffic, and there was essentially no noise audible in our room aside from the wind and the burbling of the fountain in the fish pond in the building's garden.
The food deserves a special mention. Every meal we had (two dinners, two breakfasts) was superb; one of the dinners rates among the top Japanese meals I've ever had. It's a mix of traditional dishes and creative variations, and the preparation is excellent across the board. We would come back just for the food.
There are a few gotchas to be aware of, though nothing that adds up to enough to knock off a star from the rating. The in-room toilet is squat type; there's a western-style toilet in the main hallway. Wi-Fi is provided by Softbank, whose pay-per-day system requires you to have an alternate source of Internet access to access (Softbank emails you an activation code -- not useful if you can't check your email because you haven't activated yet!) And, as is typical for this kind of establishment, the staff's English is very minimal, so be prepared to pantomime if none of your party speaks any Japanese.
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