This ryokan is well over a hundred years old and one of the most well regarded in the area, with its garden highly ranked amongst the thousands in Japan. It was renovated in 2007 so guests can enjoy tradition and comfort in equal measure, along with excellent local cuisine such as rice and shredded sea bream. We recommend upgrading to the cottage, situated lakeside with views of the famous garden. Like most traditional ryokan, the Minamikan has shared hot spring baths, but none ensuite in the traditional rooms. To address this they have built a modern annexe in keeping with the style of the original building.
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I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.Bill Bryson