In general, it was an interesting experience and a good stay. However, western travellers should be aware of specificities is temple lodging. It is a good ryokan but service is provided by monks. Monks are not in hospitality business and are not trained to be hostesses. Thus, you would feel that they do not provide service but are fitting you in their schedule. Even though most lodgers are westerners, practically nobody speak English. If you do not use your towel in the morning, it will be taken while you are having breakfast, and so on.