"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

We love

  • 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.

Top Secret

Traditional Japanese onsen (thermal baths) are the perfect choice for an off-season getaway – the more rain and mist outside, the better it feels to soak in their luxuriously steamy, mineral-rich natural waters.

Origins

The owner tore down a big hotel to build the Kayotei in the 1970s, reimagining it as a peaceful 10-room ryokan instead. The Kayotei is part of the Ryokan Collection – the world’s first-ever consortium of traditional Japanese inns and boutique luxury hotels.

The Review

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.

Location

The Kayotei

  • Address: Ho-20, 1chome, Higashi, Yamanaka Hot springs, Kaga-city, Ishikawa Pref., Japan 922-0114
  • Travel info: The Kayotei is located around 40 minutes by taxi or private car from Komatsu Airport (private cars can be booked through the Kayotei). It is around three hours on the shinkansen bullet train from Toyko Station, changing at Kanazawa.

Key Features

  • Hotspring

  • Stunning Views

  • Bar

  • Restaurant