Only If Desparate
Posted 28 Feb 2015
Be warned - this establishment commonly overbooks, and the room you are expecting may not be available when you arrive. We had reserved an 8 tatami mat room with private bath and were put in a 2 mat room with shared facilities; being a weekend, we had no option but to take the tiny room being offered as nothing else was available in the city. The tatami mats were worn and disintegrating, there was a hole in the wall; the futons were worn thin. While we were given clean sheets and pillowcases, the underlying linen was dirty. There was no lock for the door. The second night, we were moved upstairs to our promised room, which was roomier, but still with disintgrating tatami mats and towels worn and thin as sheets. The host/owner was not friendly or helpful, and often difficult to find around the establishment - leaving the basket of room keys unattended and open for the taking. Then, when we went out for breakast on the morning we were leaving, we returned to our room to find our towels had been removed, before we had even checked out! If for some reason (e.g., budget restrictions) you are forced to stay at Ryokan Ohto, please don't don't judge all ryokans by this one; staying in one of these traditional guest houses/inns, can be a wondrful experience, but you are just not going to get that here.