We had a very unique and wonderful experience for a one night stay. The hotel manager (Kishi) offered to be our personal guide both on the evening that we arrived and on the next day at no extra cost. He took us to a classic Japanese restaurant and ordered on our behalf for dinner (we walked there). Afterward, we were driven to a festival of lights at a nearby and beautiful shrine in Itako. On the next day, Kishi drove us in the hotel shuttle vehicle to the stunning Kashima shrine, Kashima beach, the Ayu Shuzo Sake brewery (where we had a personal guided tour and sake tasting - the sake is excellent), and finally, to an old Edo-style Japanese town nearby where we purchased soy sauce from a well known soy sauce manufacturer and souvenirs. The hotel offers shuttle service to the airport for 7,500 yen (about $75) per vehicle. Narita airport is about a 35 minute drive away. You can also take the train but it takes much longer. This area is clearly well known to Japanese but not so well known to people outside of Japan. I feel lucky to have visited and hope to visit the region again.
Pros: The hotel is in low-key Itako which is far more relaxing and quiet than the megatropolis of Tokyo. The hotel manager was very friendly.
Cons: I wish more of the staff were more conversant in English. Nevertheless, they were friendly.
Location: It is a few miles from Kashima beach, a 200 year old Sake factory (Aiyu Shizo) and the Kashima shrine. There is a beautiful river garden very close.