We rather reluctantly decided to stay at Yumetsuzuri as it was midway from where we were staying and where we wanted to go. We decided to spend one night only here, partly because we could not obtain a room with a private bath with hot spring water, and partly because the ryokan only offered a buffet breakfast. We have to admit when we made a judgement error -- we should have stayed three nights, not one night.
The ryokan is elegant and very well maintained -- so clean and with very pleasing lighting and design. Our room was spacious and comfortable, and on a cold autumn evening, we really enjoyed the special heater for our feet under the table in our room. Moreover, the room did have a beautiful bath -- not spring water, but hot water, in a cedar tub, which was full and warm and inviting. For purists who want a hot spring bath, true onsen, we opted to use the family bath. The ryokan provides two family baths (one smaller and more intimate) and one a bit larger, as well as the normal public baths. The family bath was excellent, clean, and all the amenities were provided. We could not have been happier.
The food was also wonderful. For dinner, served in our room, our waitress was most knowledgeable about each course and how it was prepared. She served us course by course, so our dinner dishes did not get cold. We were not rushed in the least. Breakfast, served "viking style," was in the main dining room. We usually avoid buffets, but this breakfast buffet was excellent -- everything was kept very clean, the dishes which were supposed to be hot, were hot; those that were supposed to be cold, were cold. We could not have been more pleasantly surprised.
Most certainly, we will return. The ryokan sits at the mouth of a canyon, which we wish to explore, and there is a water park just next to the ryokan which we also want to visit. As we left the ryokan, we took a winding, cliff-hanging road over the mountains -- the views were super special -- fall colors and white mountains all around!