We booked the Western-style room and I - not having done any homework - was amazed to find original George Nakashima works being used as ordinary furniture: dining table and chairs, settee, coffee table, credenza...all beautifully kept, yet sporting the inevitable scratches and marks of daily use.
The room actually comprises the upper two stories of a 3-storey building. Large picture windows offer galllery-like views of the ryokan's carpark, adjoining road, river and the area beyond which slopes upwards to the ridge separating Kibune from the huge Kurama temple-complex. Walking back from the latter involves a picturesque 2-hour hike; in our case, it was snow-covered and uniquely enjoyable, almost spiritual.
Service is impeccable and the food is as good as a Michelin-starred (or two) restaurant's.
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