Kaga in Kanazawa is a hot spring district that has long been loved by men of culture and many other different kinds of people. It is an area that is recommended for its serene atmosphere and great spring quality. Below are five popular hot-spring hotels (“onsen ryokan” in Japanese) that come highly recommended if you plan to stay in Kaga.
An inn tucked in Yamashiro Onsen (Yamashiro Hot Spring) that boasts 1,300-year history, Rurikoh lets guests enjoy its famed hot spring by soaking in an open-air bath with an overflowing open feeling, in a huge indoor bathhouse with water from the hot spring, or in any of the five types of chartered open-air baths and foot baths. Guests staying at this Japanese-style hotel can also use the bath at Hatori, Rurikoh’s sister hotel that is just about a 5-minute walk away, so they get to enjoy the feeling of visiting multiple hot spring sites. The guest rooms at Rurikoh are famous for their wide variety, including traditional Japanese-style rooms that come with an open-air bath and rooms that are equipped with beds. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staffers who can speak English and Chinese.
2. Yamanaka Onsen Hanamurasaki
This Japanese-style inn is located in the Yamanaka Onsen district that also has a proud history that dates back 1,300 years ago. The rooms in this property offer a panoramic view of the stunning Kakusenkei Gorge, making for a truly relaxing stay. The inn houses baths that use water from the hot spring, including an open-air bath with a view of the beautiful gorge, and an enormous indoor bathhouse with tubs made from Japanese cypress. When it comes to food, guests are served the Ala Carte Kaiseki (multi-course meal), a Japanese course whose dish lineup is assembled by incorporating only the dishes that the guests have chosen from a selection of about 50 dishes. You will get to enjoy plenty of the freshest seafood, the pride of the Hokuriku region, and traditional vegetables from Kaga, among other dishes. There are staffers who can speak English.
Kocho, which is also found in the Yamanaka Onsen district, is an inn that treats guests to a stay in a traditional structure that was built sometime between the 1920s and the 1940s. There are many types of guest rooms to choose from here, including special rooms with a view of the beautiful garden and detached rooms that come with exclusive open-air baths. As for the hot baths inside the property, guests can opt for the open-air bath made from rocks, the indoor bath overlooking the gorgeous gorge, or a private bath. You can soak in the famous hot spring water that is said to relieve many ailments, including nerve pains and fatigue. The entire property has free Wi-Fi. There are also staffers who can speak English.
4. Yamanaka Onsen Kissho Yamanaka
Yamanaka Onsen Kissho Yamanaka is a popular ryokan (Japanese-style hotel or inn) that lets guests enjoy the famous waters of Yamanaka Onsen to their heart’s content. It is equipped with an open-air bath that offers the pleasant sounds of the murmuring stream, a semi-open bath with a Jacuzzi and three kinds of chartered baths, along with foot baths. Here, you will be able to experience soaking in multiple baths while staying in one property. The open-air bath of its sister hotel Kagari Kisshotei is also open to guests of this inn. Another appeal of this inn is its extensive lineup of services that include free drinks at the lobby lounge, a traditional dance and song performance of the local folksong Yamanaka-bushi, and free rental of fancy yukata (light summer kimono). (※The available services may change depending on the season) Wi-Fi is free in the entire property. There are staffers who can speak English.
5. Tachibana Shikitei
Tachibana Shikitei is a well-established Japanese-style hotel with a history spanning nearly 150 years. When it comes to baths, this inn offers an open-air bath with a view of the quaint garden, and an open-air bath where guests can soak in the hot spring water as the sun filters through the trees. There are also guest rooms that are annexed to their own open-air baths for a more luxurious private bath time. As for food, this inn prides itself in the Japanese course that is filled with seafood caught fresh from Hashitate port, Noto beef that is full of flavor, and fresh traditional Kaga vegetables. You can even have your food served in your own room for a more relaxing meal. The entire property has free Wi-Fi.
Kaga, Kanazawa is not only home to many hot spring resorts, but also a long list of delicious specialty dishes. You have to try staying at any of the hotels and inns in the area at least once!
*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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