We have never been to a ryokan before so can't compare it to others, but we had a brilliant stay that was a highlight of our trip. It was great value half-board, the room was extremely spacious compared to everywhere else we stayed in Japan, the staff were very friendly, courteous and professional and the onsen was lovely. The food was presented beautifully (we had dinner and breakfast in our room both days) - mostly it was fantastic (in particular the nabe and noodle soup), however the sashimi was a little disappointing. The drinks seemed relatively expensive, however there was a fridge in the room which we stocked with beers from the 7/11 a couple of minutes down the road. We had a partial lake view - we watched the fireworks from our room on the first night but found that the view was better watching from the waterfront. The beds are traditional futons with hard beany pillows which we found a little uncomfortable, but we slept fine by doubling the futon thickness with a spare from the cupboard, and using chair cushions instead of the pillow! Overall we had a fantastic time and wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.