18.47km from Takao ClinicsA visit to a Ryokan should be an experience in itself and Rankeisou delivers with a perfection unique to Japan. The building and grounds are magical. The details are too many to take in before you are lead to your room to relax and drink tea around a little table surrounded on three sides by huge windows overlooking the stream below. When you're ready visit the two private reservable baths (both with outside and inside baths) or just wander the corridors and explore the beautiful territory. The private baths stay open all night and can be visited without reservation until mid morning- perfect if you want a 7am solitary soak. Early morning is also a great time to visit the public baths directly on the rivers edge as they are pretty much empty then. And you can even use the the private baths while drinking some Sake from a little floating tray. Food here is innovative, healthy and delicious. Each dish is beautifully presented and delivered. Individual plates are small and unique but overall the meals are huge - so pace yourself to try everything if you're not a big eater. If between all that you find time to wander out; the surrounding area is worth a visit. While the Ryokan can be reached by train and shuttle, renting a car gives you the freedom to explore (driving in Japan is extremely safe and with google maps: easy) The area is known for various artisanal products including woodworking and metal working. The various factories serve as good excuses to just head out and explore while trying the special local ramen on the way. The items available have seen their design perfected over many generations and are made at the hands of craftspeople who have dedicated most of their lives to perfecting their skills. Prepare to spend - they are hard to resist and make rarely unique gifts. We enjoyed our time there so much we nearly turned around and went back for another few days.