We had a very enjoyable stay here, even though it was starting to show signs of age.
There were a few (to us) minor annoyances like a broken chair with a stained cushion. The beds were thin and pillows flat, but did not prevent us from getting a very good night's sleep.
Breakfast was traditional and delicious, and the location was decent: far enough away from the main tourist areas yet a short walk from everything. Being a local neighbourhood you get a glimpse of the daily life of local people and access to some shops that are more convenient/ cheaper.
There is a wonderful yakitori restaurant around the corner where they only speak Japanese. It seems to be where the locals hang out. Just follow your nose and ears and you'll find it tucked away in the back streets.
We were a group of 8 and have reserved altogether three rooms for us at this Ryokan. It was one of the hottest days in July ( at 35。) when we arrived in Kurashiki, but we were friendly welcomed with refreshing ice green tea and the entire hotel building was nicely ventilated. My wife and I were allocated to a spacey Japanese tatami room with a small additional room with some old pieces of furniture. The entrance of the ryokan looks small but in fact there is a modern high building behind the old building where the entrance is. The room had its own bath room but we enjoyed a large onsen style bath at the lower level of the building. Some of us spoke fluent Japanese, which turned out to be useful. The people at the hotel did not seem to understand English very well and we had a minor misunderstanding with our room allocation upon arrival but it was solved easily thanks to their kindness and flexibility. The hotel is old and not a gorgeous kind of Japanese Ryokan but we all enjoyed the stay very much. We would like to make a special mention of the wonderful Japanese breakfast which was served in a beautifully prepared Japanese style dining room. The only drawback is the fact that the hotel is not located near the historical part of Kurashiki. We need to take a 10-15 minute brisk walk to reach the old town.
We arrived at Misono a few hours too early to check-in. The lady at check-in did not speak much English, which was great as I had the chance to try our my Japanese on her.
We left out bags and headed to the Historic District as recommend by the front desk staff.
This is a MUST see. We had travelled from Kyoto and the Historic district in Kurashiki was far more impressive and extensive. We were pleasantly surprised as we had no idea this area was even here, it felt very untouched and unexplored compared to other similar areas we had visited. A reason to visit Kurashiki all on it's own!
Back to the Ryokan and to our rooms, I was given a Yukata and slippers and we settled into our room on the 5th floor.
I loved the room, so much space, it was huge! It was quite hot and the aircon worked well. Everything in the room was very pleasing.
I went to the onsen after we returned from dinner in town, this was my very first onsen experience and I felt quite nervous! To my luck there was no one else in the baths but me so this was a nice introduction for a first timer, however the water was too hot for me and I could only stay in there a short time.
The futons were so lovely and comfortable, I woke up feeling fantastic!
Breakfast in the morning was another new experience, it was all so perfectly presented, I enjoyed it very much and have attached a photograph. As another person has mentioned however, the dining room was very basic, but this is only a very minor grievance.
We checked out at 10am, and the staff were once again so lovely, they waved us off down the road until they could no longer see us in sight! Amazing hospitality!
Overall a very pleasant stay, just thinking back even makes me feel happy and relaxed!