A nondescript entrance to a little Onsen ryokan in Biei.
We were warmly received by a phalange of staff but that was the end of the warmth.
I agree the service was somewhat lacking. At dinner in the private room which was separated by a divider and curtain, our main waitress told us to keep our voices down just as we raised a salute.
We politely highlighted the next room which were occupied by Japanese guests were just as noisy.
We felt discriminated but we firmly told her next room was just as loud. She then relented and continued to serve us but without much enthusiasm.
Rooms are adequate in terms of size but each room has a view of the forest which was green with spring’s cover.
A nice morning mist blanketed the property have it a mysterious feel.
The breakfast was substantial and delicious.
If not for our gracious guide who had requested for an extra pillow early on perhaps I may have suffered the same fate of one of the contributors.
The private Onsen has one of the best temperatures of the different ryokans we tried. It was true mineral water with a faint sulphuric smell.
It faced the forest and was a true luxury to soak your tiredness away after a long day’s trip. More
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