Todaya is a solid Japanese inn perfect for those travelers who are new to the Ryokan scene, or who are apprehensive about going for the fully traditional, immersive experience. Todaya has the Ryokan basics covered: traditional tatami mat rooms where the maids will bring out the futon mattresses every evening; multiple public baths, in-room dining if you so desire. But it also offers you choices. For baths, if you are squeamish about the full-on public bath, there is a large soaking tub in your suite, as well as semi-private baths … basically public baths for a couple or a small family that you can use exclusively (they lock from the inside) on a first-come, first-served basis. These semi-private baths is my favorite feature of the Todaya inn. Dinner and Breakfast are included with your stay, and you can choose to eat at a buffet or have a course meal in your suite. The buffet is nice because there is a nice mix of traditional Japanese cuisine, as well as enough western basics so that you can experiment with both. I also have found the food to be quite tasty featuring authentic Japanese ingredients. It’s especially nice to have western comfort food (sausages!) if you are travelling with smaller kids. Finally, Todaya is also a large hotel, so if you are looking for an intimate inn experience, this is not the place. However, even for its size, it manages to deliver on Japanese hospitality so you do get the best of both worlds.
The one downside to the hotel is the undeniable fact that the facilities and rooms are dated. The whole hotel feels like a throwback to the 1970’s and 80’s from the furniture to the décor to the video games in the game room. It’s all well maintained, clean, and functioning, but dated. The whole hotel has a bit of a confused vibe… on one hand, it delivers on a Japanese ryokan experience with the baths, the meals, and the traditional rooms and service, but on the other hand, it has escalators, a strange dance floor & stage setup next to the lobby.
- 5 minute walk to the Toba train station
- The view of the ocean from the high-rise rooms is quite nice
- Beverages can be pricey, and the closest convenience store is at the train station.