Here are five first-class hotels and ryokan (Japanese style inn) in Kanazawa that are worth staying at, even just once.
Takitei is a hot spring ryokan that quietly stands along the Sai River, a river that was loved deeply by the Kanazawa-born poet Saisei Muro who is quite famous even today. The ryokan is surrounded by two waterfalls, which is where its name came from ("Takitei" is written with the characters for "waterfall" and "pavilion"), and it also has a beautiful lush green garden and a murmuring river, so you can relax in peace.
Here, the recommended guestroom is the Hanare Saikawa that is overlooking the Sai River and features an open-air bath. Stay there and enjoy the gentle flow of the river and the passing of time to your heart’s content while soaking in the well-known hot spring.
This ryokan is recommended to those who want to stay in a relaxing hotel that is rich in nature.
2. Kanazawa no Yado Ryokusone
Ryokusone is a hotel that bagged the Top-Class Comfort Red rating in the Special Edition - Michelin Guide for Toyama and Ishikawa (Kanazawa) 2016. If you pass through the old wooden gate that is filled with unique Japanese charm, you will be greeted by the whispers of the tranquil trees and the sounds of the grass. Since it was built on an elevated site surrounded by nature’s bounty, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Kanazawa right from the entrance of this hotel. The interiors and guestrooms have a refined Japanese atmosphere, providing superior relaxation to travelers who are staying for the night.
The various dishes in this hotel, which make use of ingredients that represent Kanazawa well, are recommended here. You will undoubtedly smack your lips with relish when you taste such masterpieces as the crab course made with Echizen crabs from Kanazawa and other types of crabs, and the vegetable course with its exquisite arrangement and flavors.
3. Kanazawa Hakuchoro Hotel Sanraku
Hotel Sanraku is a classic hotel with a nostalgic atmosphere, since it will make you feel as though you've slipped back to the Taisho period (1912 – 1926), a period when Japanese and Western cultures mixed. The hotel lobby is decorated with stained glass that depicts the area around the Kanazawa castle town, flooding the room with light in beautiful colors. Inside the hotel, you will see Kutaniyaki porcelain lamps made by Yasokichi Tokuda, a person recognized as a national living treasure, and other decorations casually placed all over. Further, adorable Kanazawa lacquerware such as small boxes are placed on top of tables in all guestrooms, filling this hotel with the strong spirit of Kanazawa.
You should also try the natural hot spring called Bihada no Yu (beauty springs). Soak in the water and heal your tired body from all the traveling.
※Photo shows the large bath for women
4. Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
Hotel Nikko Kanazawa is a high-end hotel that is just a 3-minute walk from the Kenrokuen exit of JR Kanazawa Station. It has 254 guestrooms in four types: the Luxe rooms on a special floor which are the fanciest rooms this hotel has to offer, the luxurious Suite rooms on the 27th floor, the Comfort rooms located in the middle floors from the 20th up to the 25th floors, and the Stylish floors that are decorated with traditional Kanazawa handicrafts.
You will be delighted by the magnificent night view that you can only expect from high-end hotels. The view of the castle town of Kanazawa will spread right before your eyes, so you will be able to relax while marveling at the gorgeous view.
5. ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa
ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa is just a minute away from JR Kanazawa Station by foot. It is a hotel that you can reach without getting wet even when it is raining outside. You will be glad to know that they have various kinds of rooms for you to choose from, starting with the luxurious Premium Floor Deluxe Double rooms on the upper floors.
This hotel offers all kinds of services to its guests. You will surely have a pleasant time here thanks to such services as the 20-hour room service from 6:00 am until 2:00 am the next day, and the free high-speed Internet service.
It is highly recommended that when you go to Kanazawa, you splurge a little to stay in a wonderful hotel or ryokan after you tour the city. Book at any of these hotels and you will be guaranteed the kind of relaxing time that you can only find in Kanazawa.
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