Couldn't imagine a better first stay at an onsen/ryokan. Service was friendly and impeccable - arrived early and someone immediately check us in helped us book dinner and a private bath. The room and entire facilities are spotless and tastefully decorated. Dinner was incredible - great quality and taste and also a ton of food. There are two outdoor baths and two indoor baths as well as private reservable baths. All were really relaxing and pretty.
Bus ride from himeji station pretty easy about 40 minutes plus a 10 minute walk. On they way back we took the hotel shuttle which leaves at 9:50.