Well just had my first night sleeping in a ryoken. The futon on top of the tatami mats was rather comfortable and supposedly good for the back. Not a wooden frame insite either. I was nervous about the bed/futon thing as I find slatted and soft beds keep me awake (I find slatted and camp beds very uncomfortable).

Now for breakfast (I’m hoping I ordered for two, not one), then probably a trip over to Himenji for Himeni-jo – probably the most famous castle in Japan.