Staying at Matsukaneya Annex was a really cool experience. We are Americans with very little knowledge of Japanese, and the staff was friendly and able to explain all the necessities to us in English. Our Japanese-style room was big and cozy. The breakfast and dinner was elaborate, delicious, and filling. We loved the onsen, it was clean and peaceful. I appreciated that the hotel staff were always on hand to drive us to the ski lifts and bus station. We had a really nice time and everything on our trip went even easier than I expected. The one thing I didn’t like was the futon bed mats were not comfortable. But, I don’t have enough experience with futons to know if that’s typical or not. I would recommend choosing a Western style bed.