Arriving at our ryokan Izuyasu
Lobby of our ryokan
Pictured below is our room. The room had a name instead of a number. It was the "Happiness" room. That's a little table where you sit on a chair at floor-level. The floors are tatami covered, and that's my bed on top, a thinnish mattress on the floor.
Our room- everything is on the floor
The baths are a big draw in ryokans. We had semi-private ones in our ryokan. So a typical bath would be public and separated by gender. At our ryokan there were five sets of guests and three private baths. So we changed into our yukata and shuffled downstairs to the baths in our slippers.
There are gardens in areas that we can see inside the ryokan, such as the hall or the bath windows, but are in the open air.
Garden you can see from the hall
The next morning we woke up way before breakfast because we were still jet-lagged. Our ryokan served either breakfast or dinner per day you stayed there. We were signed up for breakfast which was really a dinner in the morning. The Japanese don't really do breakfast. This was actually perfect for us because it's hard to get a good breakfast there and since we were kind of on US time- we were actually eating it at what felt like dinnertime to us. Plus we needed fuel because next up- we were hiking up the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine!
Our room was very bright in the morning
Breakfast is served!
Breakfast Thursday morning
Most of these were yummy