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Reviewed April 18, 2019 via mobile

Stayed in Rurikoh for 3 nights. I have to say this hotel is quite popular with tour groups and most of them stay here on their way to see Central Japan.
The hotel is a bit dated but still clean. All things are large here to accommodate the big crowds - ie Conference rooms, lounges, hotel lobby and restaurants and even the Public Onsen is large.
We stayed here to experience the onsens and were not disappointed. There is one indoor + outdoor Public bath, and one private bath. We didn’t try the private one as its chargeable, so we went to the public one only. By staying in Rurikoh, we can even go to the sister hotel, Hatori, to experience their onsen baths there. There are 2 public baths there and many private ones. When we compare the 2 onsen baths, we find that Hatori’s is newer but smaller. Rurikoh’s has its charms and I am sure it used to be the best in the 80’s. Rurikoh has the larger bath and when crowded, you don’t see much of other bathers.

As for the room, it is rather dated. We booked the twin room, western style Type A and it was large for Japan Standards. We didn’t take the meals options as there are plenty of Izakayas and restaurants if you drive around. Most restaurants charge less for food and if you dont mind driving around instead of eating in the hotel, you can save quite a fair bit.
As for amenities, the hotel is very generous with things like onsen towels, use of Yukatas, water moisturisers, plentiful of toothbrushes and combs.
As for the service, staff here are very courteous and they speak English well. One good point with the service is that they will park your car for you and bring it to the front every morning without you even asking.

Overall, for the price that we paid and the service and amenities that we got, i would give this a 4star.

Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

A delightful hotel with many services to enjoy. From a warm foot spring off the lobby to a full body soak elsewhere.
We had a delicious and varied full menu from a beginning Aperitif-non-alcoholic to 9 dinner items to end with a dessert.
A Hint To end the evening we slept on the futon and added additional futon on top to make the experience softer. One nice thing you cannot fall out of bed. For the mobility challenged you might ask for bed.
Staff was helpful and pleasant. A delightful stay and meal overall and would return again.

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1  Thank Mars1964
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瑠璃光, Reservation clerk at Rurikoh, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion with other travelers on TripAdvisor.
We place great importance on your review, as this will help us to improve the services we provide for our valued guests like you.
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Once again, we thank you for your valuable feedback and we look forward to the opportunity to be of service to you in the future.

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Reviewed January 7, 2018

I stayed at this hotel for nights in December 2017. The hotel staff were very nice, but the meal was not so excellent. The breakfast was needed to be improved and tended to be more Japanese style. No scrambled egg or omelette provided for the breakfast. All in all, the dinner menus were the same for my two-night stay.

Date of stay: December 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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瑠璃光, Reservation clerk at Rurikoh, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2018

Thank you for leaving this review of your recent visit to Rurikoh.
We are sorry we didn't make it clear enough about crab kaiseki dinner.
Your opinion will help us improve our services.
We are making improvements with our meals and we appreciate your feedback on this areas.
We look forward to welcoming you to the palace, once again.

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Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

This was our first stay in a Ryokan. And I was impressed. The staff went to great lengths to support us. The hot springs were fun after you hit used to the routine. Our room was traditional. Very quiet and interesting.

Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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瑠璃光, Reservation clerk at Rurikoh, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2017

We really appreciate the time you have taken to share a praising review of Rurikoh.
Among many other ryokan to choose from, thank you for making Rurokoh the place for the first stay in a ryokan.
We are incredibly honored that you could enjoy Japanese ryokan culture with the hot springs, room, banquet meals, and the staff's reception.
Looking forward to welcoming you back to the city in the near future and hope that Rurikoh remains your paramount choice when travelling.

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Reviewed August 20, 2017

The hotel was cosy and staff were friendly. The onsen, indoor and outdoor, was relaxing. There was also a free foot bath in the small garden outside the hotel lobby. They set up tables in a function room for dinner. The food was tasty but the variety was a bit less than what we had in other traditional Japanese hotels. The breakfast buffet was quite good with specialties from the region. The drum show in the lobby in the evening was entertaining. The hotel offered free wifi but the connection was not particularly good.

Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank aleicb
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瑠璃光, Reservation clerk at Rurikoh, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2017

We really appreciate the time you have taken to share a praising review of Rurikoh.
We're very pleased that you were able to fully enjoy the rooms, meals and onsen during your stay.
Your opinion will help us improve our services.
Thank you again for your feedback and we are more than happy to welcome you back if you wish to choose our excellent service again.

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