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Wakura Onsen Kagaya

You’ll want to leave Kanazawa to visit! The Charms of the Long-Established Inn, Wakura Onsen Kagaya

There are many lodging facilities in the outskirts of Kanazawa, but an especially famous inn that you should stay at at least once is Wakura Onsen Kagaya. It's a long-established ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) that has been chosen as #1 for the past 30 years in a ranking of 100 Japanese hotels and ryokan chosen by professionals. Here are some reasons why.

What is Kagaya?

This ryokan has shone for more than 30 years as Japan's best in a ranking of 100 Japanese hotels and ryokan chosen by professionals, and the name Kagaya will definitely come up when discussing dream hotels. It's in the hot spring resort Wakura Onsen in Ishikawa's Noto Peninsula, about an hour away from Kanazawa by train.
The ryokan is decorated with a balance of traditional and modern Japanese aesthetics, is fully outfitted with hot spring facilities, offers plenty of colorful meals using the best local ingredients, and is employed by staff offering the highest quality hospitality. They have a total of 232 bedrooms, distributed into four buildings: the 20-floor Setsugetsuka, the 9-floor Noto Nagisatei, the 9-floor Noto Kyakuden, and the 8-floor Noto Honjin. You can visit as many times as you want and get different scenery each time! Here are some other charms of this ryokan.

Photo by Wakura Onsen Kagaya

Photo by Wakura Onsen Kagaya

What is Kagaya?

80 Yo-Bu, Wakura-machi, Nanao-shi, Ishikawa

More than 100 years of history and plenty of art

Kagaya has a history of over 100 years, having opened in 1906, and the interior is decorated with traditional Ishikawa crafts. In the elevator atrium of Noto Nagisatei, there is a Kaga Yuzen dyed piece by Shin Kajiyama, as well as other types of art like Kutaniyaki pottery, Wajimanuri lacquerware, and Ohiyaki pottery placed everywhere to please the eye.
For people that want to enjoy the art even more, twice a day at 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm, there's a 45 minute tour available where they will teach you about the artwork displayed throughout the hotel. It's a popular tour, so it would be good to sign up early.

Photo by Wakura Onsen Kagaya

Surprisingly gorgeous facilities

One of Kagaya's charms is the large scale of their beautiful facilities. There's a Japanese-style lounge where you can listen to live koto (a traditional stringed instrument) performances, a tea room, and a Noh theater. Every night at the theater-club Hanafubuki, the musical group that's part of Kagaya puts on shows like Nichibu (a traditional type of dance) or tap dance, there's a karaoke and dance area, a bar, a club, izakaya (Japanese gastropub), and more. You can enjoy your nights any way you'd like.
Also, even though you're inside, the entertainment zone Nishiki Oji is 80m long and around 3,300 square meters, and has plenty of izakaya and souvenir shops! It's always filled with people, so you can enjoy the great atmosphere. It opens at 6:00 am, and the morning market is also a must-see.

Photo by Wakura Onsen Kagaya

Photo by Wakura Onsen Kagaya

The relaxing hot spring

At Kagaya, you can enjoy the famous water of the Wakura Onsen (hot spring) that has a 1200-year long history. The water is hot and plentiful, and is said to be good for ailments like rheumatism, neuralgia, gout, women's diseases, and allergies.
There's one men's bath, two women's baths, and various outdoor baths and large public baths from which you can have a luxurious time gazing out at the vast scenery of Nanao Bay. The open-air bath will make you feel as though you've become part of the ocean, and the large public bath looks like Ryugujo, an underwater castle from Japanese fairy tales. There are plenty of baths that you can pick based on your mood, including a wide, open public bath. There's even a spring that you can drink from. Please relax to your heart's content in your choice of bath.

Photo by Wakura Onsen Kagaya

Photo by Wakura Onsen Kagaya

Rooms and meals made with careful attention to detail

The rooms have shoji paper doors and tatami flooring, are always decorated with real flowers based on the season, and are overflowing with Japanese aesthetics that you can enjoy. There are 232 rooms in total, split into 5 areas: Hamarikyu, Setsugetsuka, Noto Nagisatei, Noto Kyakuden, and Noto Honjin. There are special rooms with ocean views, rooms with private gardens and open-air baths, barrier-free rooms, and other types so that you can visit this ryokan for any sort of situation.
Their carefully prepared kaiseki course meals center around fresh seafood, and use seasonal ingredients such as turban shell and abalone in the spring, Japanese tiger shrimp in summer, sweet shrimp and autumn vegetables in fall, and crab in the winter. You can order special meals separate from regular meals, and they have a large menu of local sake that go well with kaiseki meals. You can fully enjoy Noto cuisine to your heart's content.

Photo by Wakura Onsen Kagaya

Photo by Wakura Onsen Kagaya

Traditional, high-quality hospitality

The reason Kagaya has continued to be one of Japan's top-class ryokan is their commitment to Kagaya's traditional type of hospitality. When you arrive, the staff is outside to greet you, and when you leave, they watch you go. They pay attention and care to the smallest of details and go above the standard level of hospitality towards the customers, which brings them many repeat fans. They face each customer sincerely, and offer service that remains in the customer's heart. Please experience Kagaya's hospitality.

Photo by Wakura Onsen Kagaya

Traditional, high-quality hospitality

Please visit this ryokan that offers authentic Japanese hospitality!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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