Oh, we got a corporate rate, it's quite a bit lower than MSRP. I'm also partial to the history of the place, as an architecture and history fan.

Otherwise I agree, ryokans are great and usually my first choice on our frequent Japan trips. I particularly appreciate the extra floor space one gets from folding the futons. My favorite yet is the Watanabe Inn in Miyajima, which is particularly striking (if a bit crowded) around hanami. It's the only one we've returned to.

Is there a conservatoire or other kind of music school with student or faculty performances in Tokyo? For example, Singapore's Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music regularly does lunchtime concerts and evening masterclasses by visiting musicians, with free admission (Stephen Hough next week!). Anything similar? My googling has so far been unfortunate.