We stayed at the Kanaya Ryokan Hotel and it was wonderful. They have indoor bathing and showers for people like me who can’t bathe outside in the cold. The rooms are spacious and lovely. The food was delicious as well.
The main thing at a ryokan are the kaiseki meals. They consist of six to fifteen different foods.They go from appetizers, sashimi, side dishes, simmered, sauced, pickled, seasonal, local, marinated, grilled, steamed, hot pot, rice , miso soup and dessert. Kaiseki meals are one with nature and represent shapes and things found in nature. The food is always prepared and decorated in a seasonal and visuallybeautiful way. (Persimmon ice cream)
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