"Close to the sights, good food!"
This was our second ryokan in Japan, the first very expensive and upscale. This place was very affordable, and a great value. The food at Tokanso was just as good as the expensive place, we think. The onsen too, but the water is metered for bathing prior to using onsen, so that was annoying to me, but not my husband. We were here during a very cold time in February, so the halls and foyer and dining areas were quite cold, so we took socks to dinner, or eat with cold bare feet! Service was just fine, the people very nice. The room was somewhat older, run down a bit, but clean and comfortable. The bathroom area which not heated much. We had a room with the bathroom attached but some rooms had the toilet down the hall, and I did not see these. The toilet seat warming device was great, once we figured out how to turn it on!
We walked our roll along bags from the Nikko train station up to the ryokan, a walk we enjoyed as the little town is cute. It is just over a mile. The woman at the information office, about half way up, gave us detailed instructions on how to get there. We attempted to call the Tokanso for a ride, but there was no telephone found near the train station. Later, we realized it would maybe be a language barrier to speak on the phone anyway. The walk was fine after a long train trip that day. Enjoyed our stay very much!
Jen from Arizona, USA