"A traditional Japanese ryokan tucked away in the hot spring mountain village of Yamanaka."
Need to know
- 10 traditional sukiya suites
- Ishikawa, Japan
- Ryokan with hot spring baths and a salon bar
- Check-in is at 12pm
- Beautiful private sukiya rooms, laid out like a traditional tea pavilion.
- Sinking into the blissful waters of the on-site hot baths, while gazing out at the forest beyond.
- The inn’s dedication to traditional Japanese design philosophy – with fine pottery, hand-painted screens and antique tansu dotted throughout its interiors.
An abiding love for Japanese custom and heritage sits at the very heart of the Kayotei – from its beautiful tatami floored walkways to its elegant sukiya suites and antique tansu cabinets. This traditional ryokan inn foregrounds luxury and relaxation, offering a sleek take on historic Japanese hospitality rituals. It is located in the dense woodland of Yamanaka village in the Ishikawa prefecture – now officially part of Kaga town, this area remains pristine and intact, seemingly untouched by the sands of time and the tides of mass globalisation.
The Kayotei is surrounded by thickly forested hillside, whose vibrant colours continually mellow and deepen with the changing seasons. The village itself is traditional and charming – keep an eye out for rice paddies, ancient cedar trees and wooden houses dating from the Meiji era on your way to your destination. This peaceful setting is an essential element of a traditional ryokan, providing space for visitors to reflect and soak it all in – quite literally when it comes to the inn’s hot spring baths, with their spellbinding view of the enveloping forest.
As is customary with ryokan, breakfast and supper are included daily at the Kayotei. The evening meal is a multicourse kaiseki dinner, which features local and organic ingredients. The inn is passionate about Japanese artisanship in all its forms, placing a focus on the skills of local craftspeople such as woodworkers, soy sauce brewers, seaweed harvesters and paper makers – tours to nearby saki breweries and art studios are easily arranged by the Kayotei’s helpful staff.