I visited this ryokan on the 26th April with my partner. I cannot recommend this place enough. The service was superb- my partner left his backpack on the bus and the hostess was kind enough to call the bus company and accompany us to the bus stop to get it back again! The inn is so beautiful, we had the garden view "secret room" and the atmosphere was perfect. The monks were very kind and gracious- it was an honour to witness their morning prayers. Make sure you wake up to see them. The food was delectable and the curfew was late enough that we could enjoy both the night time graveyard as well as the thermal bath. Overall this ryokan was a top highlight of my trip to Japan.