I felt so at home with the warm hospitality of owners Yuki and Masao. My room was incredible. Nicely designed and with an onsen overlooking the mountains on my private patio. The food was delicious and the introduction to traditional culture had the right touch--it's there for you to explore, but not in an overbearing way.
The region is quite beautiful. I loved seeing all the snow monkeys nearby, exploring the shrines around town, and the availability of hiking, skiing, etc.