Some of the things that make this inn great for me, might make it the wrong match for you. I was very comfortable and the longer I stayed (only two nights) the better I liked the inn. It is on the banks of the Daiya River and there is the constant sound of the river cascading through the gorge and down the mountain. It is on the edge of town away from the traffic and bustle of people and tourists.
The small Japanese style room had a small (think airplane) western-style bath. I didn't use the shower because the inn has a beautiful onsen (Japanese hot-springs bath) overlooking the river. The onsen has an "occupied" sign and lock on the door with the request that you limit your stay to 30 minutes.
The innkeeper was friendly, was able to communicate in limited English and gave me the inn's map for getting around, which I found a bit more useful than the one I got at tourist information in the train station (although I used both since the information was a bit different on each).
I liked being five minutes or less walk from Ganman-ga fuchi, a path along the river gorge with approximately 70 statutes of Jizo, the protector of children. I visited this area several times and liked that I was alone with the statutes and the river most of the time.
The price was reasonable and you can add a breakfast of fresh fruit, toast, a hardboiled egg, juice and coffee for 1000 yen. (Dinner is only served on Saturdays.)
The quiet location on the edge of town though means lots of walking. The inn is 8-10 minutes away from the nearest restaurants, 15-20 minutes from the sacred bridge where you begin the climb to most of the most-famous sights, 35 minutes or a bit more to the train station. I recommend taking a taxi from the train station to the inn. (I think that it cost about 1200 yen, but I'm not sure my recollection is correct.) The first half of the walk is uphill and the taxi will give you a chance to orient yourself if you follow on the map. After that, I walked everywhere I wanted to go.
All-in-all, I would stay again, but know what you're getting and what you aren't.
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