0.41km from Yakiniku SogyuenVery kind and accommodating staff, from our first email contact until we checked out and said good bye at the train station. We received much helpful advice about which room would best meet our preferences when we wrote and asked about the options. Our room was lovely and large with a great view overlooking the city from floor to ceiling expansive windows. Excellent and beautiful meals were presented by our attentive personal servers in a private room. We stayed 3 nights and the chef went out of his way to give us different menus for each meal. Our server told us that most people do not stay so long, and menus are repeated, but the chef enjoyed making special meals for us so we did not have to eat the same thing twice. For each meal we were presented with a written out menu in English and Japanese. The presentation was exquisite and the food was plentiful. Daily sweets were left for us in our room along with an information sheet including the weather forecast for the next day. The onsen was quite pleasant but it was a long walk from our room. In fact, the expansive property required a lot of walking to get from one area to another. This would be no problem except for the fact that getting to the lobby required a walk out of doors in the cold. Umbrellas are provided next to each exit door just in case. The property is set in a pretty and photographable garden with three Sukiya-zukuri Japanese houses. The walk up the hill to the lobby can be strenuous if you are not used to walking up hills should you decide to take a look around the neighborhood. There is a convenient back gateway which leads to a walking trail to Kanamararuza Theater, the old kabuki playhouse, Kotohira-gū, Kotohira Park, and Mount Zozu. Do walk to the inner shrine at the top of the 1368 steps which we have now done on 2 visits to Kotohira. They offer a free shuttle from and to the train station, just let the ryokan desk staff know your arrival and departure time. We informed them by email of our arrival time and the shuttle was at the station for us. We loved it here and would gladly return!