Cultural Basecamp


Kaga-shi, Japan

Prices From: $490 per person

This luxury ryokan is located in the small hot springs village of Yamanaka in Ishikawa prefecture. The village remains much the same as it has for many years, seemingly untouched by time. The inn is surrounded by majestic trees and lovingly nurtured gardens encircled by thickly forested hills. A stroll through Kayotei is one of discovery, for original painted screens, fine works of pottery, and antique tansu adorn the hallways and spaces of this inn.

Kayotei's ten suite rooms are arranged in the traditional sukiya style of a tea ceremony pavilion. Guests wear no slippers in this ryokan; the walkways are tatami, as one would in the home of a relative or close friend. These are the rare and subtle differences that make time spent in Kayotei such a warm and welcoming experience.

Ever since the 8th century Kayotei's onsen springs have been renowned for their soothing and curative properties. The baths are pure luxury, as befitting such special waters. Kayotei's main bath is surrounded by towering glass walls which seem to draw the pristine forested hills inside. The baths are always open, and with only ten guest rooms at this ryokan this experience may well be all your own.


Region: Asia - North and East

20-Ho, 1-chome, Higashi-machi, Yamanaka Onsen


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General Information

Check-in: Noon
Check-out: Noon

2 hours by train from Kyoto, or a 1 hour flight from Tokyo's Haneda airport.

Cancellation Policies

One week before arrival date, 20% charge
One day before, 50% charge
Day of reservation, 100% charge