This was my first ryokan experience, and I was very impressed. Our room was spacious with a great view of Kofukuji's pagoda. When we arrived, the person at the front desk took us to our room and explained everything. We were also given an afternoon sweet, which was a nice touch. We booked a room with dinner and breakfast included. Dinner was served in our room, and though the server didn't speak any English (so we didn't know what everything was), the food was great and experience of the multi-course meal was wonderful. I am a picky eater, so I didn't eat everything (I passed it to my husband) but I have since read in other reviews that you can request a vegetarian meal. Breakfast was equally as grand, served in the dining room. Note that it is a Japanese breakfast. We also used the private bath (an extra fee of about $32 US). As someone who wouldn't feel relaxed in the public bath, I thought the private bath was totally worth it - relaxing with an incredible view of the pagoda. As it was my first time at a ryokan, I was nervous about the rules and etiquette so I did a lot of googling, and I would also recommend doing that for other first timers. The hotel provides a binder of information, but I found it helpful to also read other tips online.
The experience of the ryokan aside, this property is also in an excellent location in Nara. We were able to walk from the Kintetsu Nara station and walk to Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga-Taisha, Nara Park, etc.