Beniya Mukayu Kaga

Few places inspire tranquillity more than Beniya Mukayu, a charming ryokan situated in the ancient spa town of Yamashiro. Set in a garden of cherry, maple and camellia trees, guests can enjoy yoga, traditional tea ceremonies and their own private open-air onsen.

Beniya Mukayu, featuring clean lines, light-filled spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows, is designed to bring the natural world indoors. Built over 80 years ago and still family-operated, guests can expect a warm and attentive service. There are 17 guestrooms in total, all featuring a beautifully minimalist décor. Guests can opt for an authentic Japanese room with futons and tatami flooring or a Western-inspired room with polished wooden floors and queen beds. Or one of the luxury suites complete with living and dining areas. 

Each room comes with its own private onsen, but you’ll also have exclusive use of the property’s communal indoor and outdoor hot spring baths. Said to have been discovered by a monk over 1,300 years ago, the spring waters of Yamashiro are believed to have many restorative benefits. When you’re not soaking in the springs you can enjoy a variety of tailored, guided experiences, from hiking and temple visits to cooking classes and tours of the local tea factory. 

Beniya Mukayu Kaga Onsen, at a glance

  • Tranquil, family-run ryokan in Yamashiro Onsen in the city of Kaga 
  • 17 rooms, comprising 8 Japanese-style rooms, 2 Western-style rooms, 6 Japanese and Western-style combination suites and a signature Wakamurasaki suite
  • Décor is simple and modern, featuring chabudai dining tables, tatami floors and futons
  • Every room has a private hot spring bathtub
  • Japanese robes, yukata and slippers are available for use by guests
  • Exquisite kaiseki-style dining experience in the Horin Restaurant
  • Member of Relais and Chateaux

For leisure and pleasure 

  • Indoor and outdoor hot spring baths
  • Yoga sessions every morning
  • Observe and take part in a traditional tea ceremony given by the owner
  • Sleek library stocking a collection of traditional Japanese and international art, graphic and design literature
  • Massages, facials and traditional medicinal spa treatments at Spa “Entei”
  • Variety of tours and experiences in and around the local area, a great way to immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions 
  • On-site shop where you can pick up crafts, foods and artefacts
  • Close to top attractions like the sacred Mt. Hakusan, Eiheiji temple and Hida-Takayama 
  • I do not think that we have ever had so much care and attention from a travel company, which just goes to show that (in a good way), you do get what you pay for.

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    DL, Morocco, 2013