Has anyone done the whole ryokan in Japan thing?
If so, what's it like? What are the dos and don'ts? Are the rooms comfortable (obv. this depends on what kind of place it is, but generally speaking) and is it something I should definitely do whilst in Japan?
I would completely recommend staying in a Ryokan. We (partner & 2 kids) stayed in one in both Tokyo and Hiroshima. It gave us a really authentic experience.
They usually have all the facilities you could wish for. Sometimes they can be quite traditional, so get some recommendations. You might be expected to follow customs like removing shoes and wearing a yukata. Some have only one bathroom which you might have to use at an alloted time. Others will have en-suite bathrooms.
www.sawanoya.com in Tokyo is very foreigner-friendly, while still being authentic.
And we stayed at the Shirau me so ryokan in Hiroshima - no english spoken, but we got by.
Personally I'm quite happy sleeping on a futon!
The main thing I missed was a chair
But yes, definitely an experience that should be part of your trip. We opted to have a meal included one of the nights and this was the result.