I had a great stay here (3 nights). The women running this place could not be nicer. They make you feel like you are coming home after a long day of sightseeing. In the end, this is what makes staying in a ryokan worth it. You will never get this level of attention in a hotel. One of them even drove me where I wanted to go after I asked where the bus stop was. You should give breakfast and dinner a try while you are there. It might seem pricey at first but after you have seen what they prepare for you, you will realize it is actually a relative bargain and an experience you are not likely to forget. Presumably, you know this already if considering a ryokan but there is no private bath and you basically sleep on the floor (OK a futon) so expect spartan accomodations. This is not a negative per se, this what a ryokan is.