I stayed for two nights in May 2011 before going on to Kyoto. My lasting impressions of the Yoshiike are the great onsen - particularly the outdoor one - the wonderful food and most of all the helpful staff, who made an effort to speak English and were very tolerant of the clumsy foreigner in their midst!
On checking it I was shown to the traditional tatami room, which also has a more western table-and-chairs earlier where one can eat if kneeling on the tatami is not your thing. I was shown where the onsen were, served Japanese tea and sweets and offered a choice of times to have dinner. After a bath (reading up on onsen etiquette in advance will only enhance the experience) one of the best meals I've ever had was served. This is full-on kaiseikei cuisine, with some elements that are challenging to the western palate; but all was fresh, full of flavour and beautifully presented.
I would definitely recommend the Yoshiike. Parts of the decor are a little faded and translating some of the signage around the hotel into English are very minor improvements that could be made. A ryokan stay is a very pleasant culture shock that should form a part of any Japanese holiday if possible.More
- Free parking