Charming family-run ryokan in a convenient location. Easy access to the sights in the region (Mt. Haguro) by train and those within Sakata (Kaikou-ji temple, historical rice warehouses, fish pier) by walking. Facilities include clean Japanese style rooms and a nice sento. Ryokan decor is interesting with a fascinating collection of dolls and other local crafts. The two highlights were the meals (fresh seafood, delicate flavors, generous servings, and great local sakes) and the kindness and generosity of our hosts. The director speaks very good English and was able to make great recommendations on things to do in the area depending on interests.