We have been living in Japan for almost 2 years and finally we decided to stay in a Japanese ryokan for the first time since we have been here. It was actually located up at the monkey park we had visited a few weeks ago up at Jigokudani Yaen-Koen. Yudanaka ryokan had an extremely friendly staff and some pretty good meals that came with the room. During the day time there were monkeys sunning themselves on the roof right outside our window.
The outdoor, shared monkey/human onsen left red high mark rings on your skin because the water was scalding hot, but it sure did melt away my stress along with some of the top layer of my skin! I actually really like sleeping on a small pad directly on top of the tatami mats, but I was awaken about 10 times in the middle of the night because the monkeys seemed to be jumping around on the rooftop outside our window. Hey, I am not complaining!
And here is a shot Amber took of our dinner that was prepared for us right before we made a mess. You know, I just cannot seem to pick up the fine art of those extra large sized chopsticks for some reason. Anyways, the ryokan is a little old, yet it was quite charming. The friendly staff and the monkey neighbors definitely make this a place I can recommend checking out if you are visiting the park.