This ryokan is completely in an authentic Japanese style (we were the only gajins there at the time). Everything was very good, but lacked some of the small "golden touches" that we have experienced elsewhere. However, the food was excellent, the service good and the "white bone" onsen water an experience. This area is more expensive than elsewhere, but even so we thought this ryokan a little dear compared to other similar ones where we have stayed. Note that Route 300 up to the village is now open again and saves a LOT of time compared to the Norikura Kogen route.