Kanazawa, Japan

Beniya Mukayu

Rates from (inc tax)$615.09

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (JPY73,740.01), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Revamped ryokan


Lush Yamashiro gardens

Beniya Mukayu hotel in Kanazawa has the traditional grace of a ryokan (tatami mats, kaiseki cuisine, graceful tea ceremonies) and the design flair of a towering Tokyo apartment. There are unique touches, too: wine and coffee made just for the hotel, ceramic dishes commissioned for its restaurant and clever spa products developed by the owners.


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A glass of local wine or sake each at dinner


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Need to know


17, including seven suites.


By 11am; check-in, from 3pm.


Double rooms from $615.09 (JPY62,492), excluding tax at 18 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of JPY150.00 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next {dayrange} days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (JPY73,740.01), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Breakfast and traditional kaiseki dinners are included in the rates; WiFi is free, as are hotel transfers from JR Kaga Onsen station (let staff know your train times well in advance; the free shuttle bus is only available between 2.20pm and 6pm).


Begin each day with free yoga in the ground-floor Horin (the symbolic 'forest', where meals are also served), taught by lovely owner Sachiko. Look out for Kenya Hara’s mesmerising large-scale art work, Ho-Sun – who knew drops of water could be so hypnotic?

At the hotel

Gardens; tea house; spa; library; boutique. In rooms: TV, DVD player, CD player, minibar, kimonos, bathrobes, slippers, signature Yakushiyama bath products, spa bath.

Our favourite rooms

We’re already saving for a return stay in one of the Executive Suites, which have a serene bedroom and a bamboo-floored sitting area with a traditional tatami (straw) mat and a low table for taking tea, plus rattan chairs overlooking the garden. The eight Japanese Premier rooms offer the same authentic experience, for fewer yen: if you want to spend your nights (and days too, perhaps) on a futon, opt for a Japanese Premier Tatami Garden room, which also have a terrace, a hammock and of course, an onsen (spa bath).


There’s no pool, but every room has an open-air onsen (hot-spring bath).

Packing tips

Leave room in your suitcase for Beniya’s beautiful local pottery (used in the restaurant), fragrant bath products and gorgeous <i>yukatas</i> (casual, light kimonos), all of which are sold in the boutique.


Beniya Mukatu’s bath products were developed by the owners with the help of a prominent biochemist, using medicinal herbs and water from the local hot springs.


Over-sevens only, please.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

We can’t think of anywhere better to discover kaiseki cuisine: traditional feasts consisting of countless beautifully presented, delicate dishes. Dinner here is a 10-course affair (served on exquisitely dainty local pottery), so put aside two or three hours to explore new culinary horizons: karuma-ebi (konbu-flavoured prawn with sea urchin and avocado); flounder sashimi; local crab with amber jelly; steamed bamboo shoots, and duck meat balls served in a hot pot. Thanks to the hotel's proximity to the Sea of Japan, and the calibre of the local seafood, there's a fishy focus (please contact the property in advance if you would like to request any food preference/allergy).

At the bar

None, but there's an area by the lobby where fresh fruit juice, coffee and (sometimes) Japanese desserts are served, with choices changing seasonally.


Last orders

Meals are served at set times: breakfast at 8am, 8.30am and 9am; dinner at 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm and 7.30pm.

Room service

To order food to your room, you’ll need to be staying in the Wakamurasaki Suite, which has a long Japanese dining table and tatami mat, designed for memorable in-room banquets.


Photos Beniya Mukayu Hotel – Kanazawa – Japan
Beniya Mukayu
55-1-3 Yamashiro Onsen


Komatsu Airport (www.komatsuairport.jp/komatsusypher/www/english/) is the closest, 15km from the hotel (a half-hour drive). China Eastern Airlines and Korean Airways offer international flights; you can also get domestic flights from Tokyo and other cities with Japan Airlines and other carriers. Alternatively, fly into Kansai International Airport, three hours away by car (www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/‎).


JR Kaga Onsen is the closest station, 7km away (a 15-minute drive). It takes four hours to get here by train from Tokyo if you hop on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen train to Maibara and transfer to a JR Shirasagi limited express train to Kaga Onsen (www.jreast.co.jp/e/‎). The hotel offers free transfers from the station (just remember to tell the hotel your travel times in advance).


Kanazawa is the closest city, just under an hour's drive away. From Osaka (three-and-a-half hours by car), take the Meishin and Hokuriku Jidoshado highways. From Tokyo (a six-hour drive), take the Tomei, Meishin and Hokuriku Jidoshado highways. From Nagoya (two hours and 40 minutes by car), take the Meishin and Hokuriku Jidoshado highways.

Worth getting out of bed for

The little town of Yamashiro is 1,300 years old, and is famous for its hot springs and its Kutani-yaki porcelain, which you can stock up on in town; put your yukarta on and go exploring. Kanazawa is 40 minutes away (a 15-minute drive to the airport, and a 25-minute train ride from there). It’s definitely worth the trip: it’s one of the few Japanese cities that weren’t bombed during WWII and has some of the best–preserved samarai (Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District) and geisha (Higashi Chaya District) districts in the whole country. Kanazawa’s most famous sites include the ruins of Kanazawa Castle (+81 76 234 3800) and Kenroku-en Garden (+81 76 234 3800 ), one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens. Don't miss the futuristic 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (+81 76 220 2800; www.kanazawa21.jp‎) at 1-2-1 Hirosaka, designed by Sanaa's renowned architects, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa.


Local restaurants

Try the excellent soba noodles at little Yamase (+81 76 176 0357) at Yamashiro Onsen. It draws a loyal lunchtime crowd. Yamasan (+81 76 221 0055; www.yamasan-susi.com) is a sushi restaurant set right in Kanazawa's food market, so you’re guaranteed the freshest daily produce. For more succulent sashimi, try Kame Sushi (+81 76 176 0556; www.kamesushi.com), a short stroll from the hotel at Ishikawa Kaga Yamashiro Onsen.


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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this serene hotel in Japan and unpacked their yukartas and Japanese pottery, a full account of their luxury Yamashiro break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Beniya Mukayu in Kanazawa…

This is a hotel of quiet pleasures. It doesn’t shout or scream; it whispers. The hotel's highlights are physical and holistic – hot-spring baths, morning yoga and seafood feasts – but your mind will feel the effects, too. From the graceful tea ceremony performed in the garden’s tea house as a welcome gesture by the owner, to the fragrant incense burning in rooms and the natural light streaming through the windows, expect to feel thoroughly zen throughout. Even if you're not used to bedding down on a futon, you'll sleep deliciously here – thanks in part to the aromatherapy oils guests are invited to choose each night to be diffused in their room: pick from Relaxing (orange bergamot); Cool Down (tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus) and Night Night (lavender, ylang ylang and sandalwood). 

To be honest, we can’t put it better than the quietly contemplative words of Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama, the architect behind Beniya. In relation to the project, he wrote: ''Consider the time that rests as empty space in a busy schedule book. It is in fact time filled with freedom because it is empty. It is the peace of mind found in the shade of a large tree which had initially appeared useless. Such are the thoughts and feelings that reside in the name of this inn 'Mukayu''...


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Beniya Mukayu’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Wonderful place. 10/10


Stayed on 20 Jul 2016

We loved

The beautiful and authentic Japanese design and services. The Japanese food was world class. The shrines and gardens nearby were charming and historic. 10/10

Don’t expect

A western style hotel with western food and nightlife


Stayed on 9 May 2016

We loved

The personal touches, yoga each morning, the welcome tea ceremony and the amazing food. Kanazawa, about an hour away, is a delightful town well worth a visit.

Don’t expect

Lots of action or a lively bar.


Stayed on 17 Apr 2016

We loved

The general atmosphere of calm, the beautiful room with a view of the garden (we had a Zen executive room on the second floor) and the wonderful service and excellent food all make this a special place to stay. If you are looking for a small simple local sushi place in Kanazawa close to Kanazawa Castle, try Kourin Sushi for a quick lunch pit stop. Great sushi, mainly locals there (always a good sign) and friendly staff. Also has free wifi.

Don’t expect

To be in Kanazawa. You are actually about a 30 minute train journey away, but the complimentary shuttle service to and from the train station makes the journey into Kanaza pain-free. Also the wine in the restaurant is certainly on the pricey-side and mostly half bottles.


Stayed on 5 Apr 2016

We loved

The dinner experience was incredible, the Onsen, the balcony, the tea ceremony, the art installation, the warm, friendly staff. It was truly perfect.


Stayed on 3 Apr 2016

We loved

The calm, minimalistic Japanese design, the rooms (we stayed in the Japanese style Tatami room), the cuisine (the dinner was exceptional, beautifully presented and delicious, the best meals we had on our trip). Visit Kanazawa, the hotel arranged for a car and superb local guide.

Don’t expect

Night life


Stayed on 28 Mar 2016

We loved

The food, the service, and the serenity.


Stayed on 28 Dec 2015

We loved

The ambiance, kaiseki meal, and private outdoor onsen were lovely touches. The Yatsushiyama products they make in-house are an absolute delight and I highly recommend indulging in all of the goods. The hotel staff are especially attentive and they have excellent amenities in rooms, with green and brown tea and snacks that they bring in throughout the day.

Don’t expect

While the spa was interesting, I didn't love my treatment but I'm sure people who want an experience would enjoy it.


Stayed on 3 Sep 2015

We loved

the staff, the calmness of the hotel. The private onsen. Food was delicious but 2 nights with 9 courses every night got a bit much. If you don't like a specific type of food, then tell them and they will accommodate you.


Stayed on 3 Apr 2015

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