Very Good10 Reviews
0.98km from JR Kiso-Fukushima StationKiso Mikawaya has good location for sight-seeing, but not for arrival by train. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the station, but with luggage we decided to take a taxi at the suggestion of the Tourist Information Center staff across from the station. We arrived early and we were checked in right away. The pleasant staff at the desk had enough English to help us with the details. After check-in we were instructed to pick out our own yukata by size from the rack in the lobby. This is especially useful if you want to your wear your yukata to the onsen and also to dinner, as we do. We also were shown the “Drinks bar” with complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks - free and available much of the day, also during dinner. First we are given a room very near elevator but when we requested a change, we were moved to similar room at the far end of the hall. We were served good meals at both breakfast and dinner and on our 3 night stay we were given 3 different dinners. At some ryokans we've stayed at, three nights meant a repeat dinner on the third night, but not here and we found that quite nice. The same held true for breakfast - 3 different breakfasts. Our room was a large and comfortable tatami room with a view of the river below and the backs of the building across the water. The futons were very good and we had a sound night’s sleep. One thing we didn’t like about the room was the quality of light. It was a naturally dark room with few available lighting fixtures. We had one lantern type lamp which we moved from place to place in the room as needed. In addition, there was no lighting in the very dark entrance area for our room. There is lots of wasted space in large entrance area to room and with no light it is easy to leave something behind in that empty space on the shelf above the refrigerator - take care. The public baths were nice and not very much used. We each had the bath mostly to ourselves when we visited late in the afternoon. A washing machine and vending machine with beer can be found on second floor in a huge room that seemed to have been intended as some kind of game room but appeared pretty much unused and empty. The halls and elevator are quite old and used looking. The whole hotel could do with a renovation. The hotel attracts tour groups on the weekend resulting in a very noisy dining room and conversations in the halls could easily be heard in the rooms due to thin walls. The rooms themselves are clean and pleasant, though the entry carpet could benefit from a good cleaning. We enjoyed our stay but recommend that the management put some money back into the property to spruce it up.