We chose the Shisuikan minshuku primarily because it was pouring rain when we arrived in Yakushima at Ambo port, and the hostess was willing to pick us up. When we arrived, we were pleased that the minshuku was quite attractive and comfortable, like a big home. Our rooms on the second floor were elegant and quite large. Tatami floors, a closet full of mats and sheets, small table, and television. Both the first and second floors had toilets, and the first floor had a western-style and Japanese-style bathroom.
None of the staff spoke English, but were quite friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, we couldn't convince them to serve us dinner during out stay (they seemed unhappy about the idea of cooking for foreigners). They were also a little uneasy about breakfast, but agreed to make us breakfast after we assured them that we *loved* Japanese breakfast food. How embarrassing then that we couldn't quite choke down all the different little dishes of pickled vegetables and fish the next morning.
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