We were blown away by the intimate feel of Shourotei. I spent one night there with a close friend. Our hostess, Tomoko, was extremely helpful and kind, and made us feel like kings. The indoor and outdoor hot springs baths were extremely relaxing. Both dinner and breakfast were multi-course presentations of several different traditional Japanese foods. The entire experience was much better than I could've hoped for. I think my friend and I made several mistakes being foreigners, but Tomoko and the rest of the staff still treated us with kindness and courtesy. I hope that I can stay at Shourotei again, and will recommend it to any of my friends who travel to Japan.