We stayed here in the first week of January for 1 night. It had been snowing for a week when we arrived so it made for a wonderful onsen experience. There is a shuttle serving different ryokans from the station, so even though the ruokan was a 10-15 minute walk from the station it was not an issue
The staff were friendly and one of the ladies (I think the owners wife) spoke fluent English. Our request for vegetarian breakfast was met readily and it was a good spread with soup, salad etc. There were some other guests when we were here but the place did not feel crowded, in fact we came upon a couple of them only at the time of check out.
We did not have dinner here nor try the in house bath so cannot comment on these.
There is a nice waiting area /lobby on the ground floor overlooking a small garden- which looked pretty in the snow. The room was typical Japanese style room and had an attached toilet.It was clean and well maintained. The ryokan is walking distance from the public baths in town - the closest being Mandara yu. Staying in the ryokans in town entitles you to a free pass to visit the public baths- each pass is valid till 10 am next day so if you are checking out on any particular day and want to use the baths for free, make sure you enter before 10.
When we cheked out the staff dropped us off at the station in the ryokans car. This was our first snow time onsen experience so we really enjoyed it
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