There is a definite period feel to this ryokan just a few steps from the entrance to Todaiji temple and the deer park in Nara. It is a bit like visiting your grandmother's house (if you are lucky enough to have a grandmother who is an inkeeper with an excellent cook). The lady who runs the place and her maid, who between them seem to do most of the work, make you feel very comfortable in spite of speaking very limited English--evidently they are used to foreigners, and they manage to explain the Japanese way of doing things very effectively. The kaiseki dinner is fantastic as is the full Japanese breakfast. Although some 1950's period details (pink and blue bathroom tile) are unexpected, the overall feel is of a comfortable traditional family home of the late Taisho/early Showa era (1920's and 30's)--just enough mod cons to make the visit completely comfortable in every way. Do not be put off by a few signs of wear and tear on the carpeting and furniture in the reception area -- the Japanese style rooms at this inn are spotless, quiet, and atmospheric. This is a lovely place and you will be well cared for.
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