Is Araya Totoan the nicest ryokan in Japan? That’s impossible to say, but there are few others which blend comfort and tradition so seamlessly. Whether you want to have an authentic experience by sleeping on futons on tatami mats and attending a public bath, or would prefer a bed a your own private sauna, the owners have you covered. On top of that, there’s a superlative bar, wonderful kaiseki dining, and a level of service that’s unsurpassed. If you happen to be here at the start of June, you’ll be right in the heart of the action for Yamashiro’s lively street festival too.