We had the very best stay here; with the help of google translator but that added to the fun. We are an Australian couple and knew only 6 or so words of Japanese. I booked here because of the food reviews and that it offered a 'japanese experience'.
The dinners were so exquisite, for us the most amazing part of the stay. The breakfasts were a great experience; even if we had to ask for help on 'what to do with what'.
All the ladies who served us were exceptionally patient and really friendly. The man (maybe he was also the cook) was so very very nice to us too.
Once you knew where the hotel was, the walk to Katamachi Station was very easy.
We went to Japan to see the Cherry Blossom Festival at Takada Park and this was a great location; just a 30min train ride away.
I would highly recommend staying here if you want to get away from the big cities.