We stayed comfortably, safely and happily quite at home in the middle of a tightly packed traffic free old-established neighbourhood (no room for anything but bikes, which our host provided) and near enough to one or two or three of the small supermarkets, which are everywhere.
The owner was solicitous and importantly available. We could not face sitting on cushions at low tables. Hey presto he provided European table and chairs.
Three tips: There is a shuttle from the very house (or as near as the minibus can get) to and from Osaka airport for so-modest a fee and there is a service which will take your luggage and deliver it in advance to Tokyo.. It is well worth a two day visit to a riokan in Ohara and sumago in the Japanese Alps. mehr