I had stayed at the Sakura-no-sho 4 years ago and had an excellent memory of it, which was not changed by my recent stay there. This is a "modern ryokan" in the sense that the decoration of the rooms is very modern, and so is the attached bathroom. However all you would expect of a first class ryokan is there: perfect service, wonderful food, and a beautiful onsen bath.
This last is one of the best I have seen. It is quite spacious, with many booths available for showering, and 3 pools. One large one indoors, and two outdoors. One of there is a lovely wooden tub with roses floating in it, and it smells delicious! In the changing area there are many dressing tables with mirrors, hairdryers, etc.
It is a short walk from the ryokan to the beginning of the ascent to the Kompira shrine. It is also next door to the Kabuki theater. Some members of the staff do speak English, which helped, as my Japanese is not entirely adequate. I will add that I appreciated the availability of free wi-fi in the lobby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kotohira grand hotel Sakuranosho is located on the 22nd step of Kotohira shrine. Cherry blossom in Spring, Summer turns green, and red leave cover everywhere in Autumn, You may enjoy all of these view through the windows of our hotel. For ladies, You may enjoy the Woman open-air spring floating with rose flowers. For Breakfast, It's buffet, We have about 50 kings of food in cluding Japanese food and Western food. ... more less
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