If you are looking for a traditional yet stylish "ryokan" style hotel not far from Tokyo, I can not recommend Nipponia Sawara enough. Staying at this hotel was beyond amazing, and it was one of the most memorable experiences during my honeymoon! First of all, the staff is INCREDIBLY nice, and so genuine. Getting to know and speak with Satoru-san, one of the hotel managers, was such a pleasure. He and his staff tended to all of my wife and my needs during our short stay and truly made the experience memorable. We opted for a special large size room that was a few blocks away from the main hotel and boy, was it worth it!! The room was MASSIVE and had all of the accouterments and style of a traditional room that you'd see in a Kurosawa film, mixed with some delightful modern conveniences. The bathroom was AWESOME!! You get the full size wooden tub which allows you to completely submerge yourself all the way up to your neck while sitting in it, if you are so inclined, and the temperature and water level is maintained throughout your entire bath, whether you are in there for 5 minutes or an hour. The water never gets cold and no matter how much spills out over the sides and into the conveniently placed drains, the level always stays consistent due to constant refilling. My wife and I were hooked, this was by far the nicest bathtub ever. And it's large enough to fit two people plus plenty of space for bottles of sake, if you catch my drift ;) If you stay here you MUST opt in for their 8 course dinner and traditional breakfast. OH MY GOD the food!!! It was oishii beyond comparison, and each course was so meticulously crafted, and the staff so attentive to your every need, we really felt like royalty while dining. If the restaurant doesn't have any Michelin stars, then it deserves at least one! And to finish off the amazing experience, the town of Sawara is quite delightful. It's not far from Narita airport, the river that runs through it is lovely, and a 10-15 minute drive away there is a beautiful shrine to explore as well as an authentic onsen with the hot water bubbling out from a serene pool surrounded by shimmering rocks and verdant nature. I recommend checking out the local famous tea house and ordering their toast with red bean paste spread along with green tea, then walk a few more blocks to the local sake brewery and try out various samples before purchasing a bottle or two (or three or four). Hands down one of the best hotels I've ever stayed at, and I will never forget the kindness and hospitality of Satoru-san and his amazing staff. Arigato gozaimasu, Satoru-san!!