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So people don't usually stay 4 nights at Japanese ryokans. We did.

This ryokan had an onsen and public bath—both known for having healing powers for digestive issues. Since we stayed 4 nights, I can only begin to imagine how bad the staff must've thought our digestive issues are. 

Anyways—we are pros at Japanese public bath etiquette at this point. We got the rules and routine on lock. Doing it two to three times a day, how could you not! 

The room has tatami mats and lots of sliding doors with rice paper. Our tea and serving ceramics are refreshed twice a day—when we are having lunch and then dinner. They also fold the toilet paper to have a perfect point to pull on. You take your slippers off when you enter the room, but are supposed to wear another pair of slippers in the toilet room. 

We had to take three elevators to get from the lobby to our room. This is because the ryokan is a strange cluster of buildings built within steep mountains. No surface is even.

There were three staff members who spoke English to us and were very attentive. They were concerned how we were occupying our time—insisting we leave because there is "nothing to do around here except take a 20 minute walk." 

It usually snows this time of year up there. We got lucky—it wasn't even freezing yet and we had two full days of clear blue skies. Perfect fall weather.