We tend to travel cheap. This was a last day/night in Japan splurge for us. We really wanted to experience a traditional Japanese ryokan with hot spring baths (onsen). It was all we could hope for. The onsen was excellent. There are several private pools and one or two shared mixed gender pools. All have a great view of the ocean over a green hill. All are just the right temperature: not too hot to get in, but plenty hot to get every muscle to relax after a long walk at the Jogasaki coast below. The dinner and breakfast was also amazing. You must like Japanese obsession with raw seafood, but if that is ok with you, there is no better. Fresh from the fishing village just bellow the fish, squid,snails and oysters are on the table within 15 minutes of leaving the boat. There were few cooked,steamed and fried courses as well. All very good but the raw stuff was the most special. Not just in quality but in presentation as well. Every plate is a piece of art and the food is arranged with an artistic flare as well.
The room was just amazing. After traveling for a week on low budget, we had a fill of places where one of us had to get on the bed so the other could pass by. Since we were here at low season (only one other couple was staying there at the same time) they gave us a complimentary upgrade to a suite with its own onsen bath. And it was truly a suite. It had a spacious sitting room, a bedroom, a porch, a separate sink and toilet rooms, an entrance hall and another gorgeous hot spring bath and shower room. All in the traditional Japanese style with gorgeous sliding screens/walls and carved wooden details.
The service was also exceptional. They picked up our luggage at Futo station so that we could go walk the coast. Then they picked us up again when we were ready to go up to the ryokan. Obviously, they also dropped us off the next morning. George, the Rumanian "gaijin" son in law, speaks excellent English, so there is now language problem.
And last superlative: in overcrowded Japan, this place was secluded. Sitting in the onsen looking out at the ocean, there was no one lese around. It was perfect.
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