Couldn't get any accomodation in Nara in Cherry Blossom season so tried "Japanese Guesthouses' who found this Ryokan on Yoshino. The building is very old, beautiful and our room was stunning. Huge beautifully furnished (Japanese style) and with the most stunning views of the cherry blossom and mountains. The food was outstanding - meals all inclusive. Our waitress was delightful; she could not speak English but we managed with sign language and laughter. The service was wonderful. Staff have little english apart from Tsu who was very attentive. Nothing was too much trouble and he organised a very complex set of train tickets for us, even going to the station to purchase then for us.
There is both communal and private (indoor and outdoor) natural hot springs.
The accomodation was expensive as tourism has a short season in this beautiful town - but well worth the splurge. Would love to go back.More