Location: This hot spring inn is located in one of Japan's most picturesque areas, within a short distance of tourist sites such as Hida-Takayama and Mount Hakusan.
History: Beniya Muyaku is located in the old temple town of Kaga, a popular tourist destination with many temples and hot springs.
Service: The owners of this boutique ryokan provide warm, personalized service to each guest.
Quaint Yamashiro Onsen, about an hour from Kanazawa, is a place famed for hot springs dating back 1,300 years, and nowhere is this history better experienced than at Beniya Mukayu, a traditional ryokan whose Zen-like quality ensures a uniquely memorable experience. Each of the ryokan’s 17 rooms has the minimalist feel of a traditional ryokan, as well as a private open-air bath overlooking a well-manicured Japanese garden. A stay at Beniya Mukayu is a holistic experience; from tea ceremonies with the ryokan’s owner to yoga sessions with his wife, your stay can be a cultivated lesson in Japan’s many methods of relaxation. Other highlights include a spa with medicinal and traditional treatments, as well as traditional kaiseki dining. From Kanazawa, Beniya Mukayu is a one-hour drive or a 30-minute express train ride followed by a 15-minute car ride.
The 17 rooms at Beniya Mukayu promote tranquility and calm with Zen-inspired minimalist decor in neutral tones. Both Western and Japanese rooms are offered, all with outdoor terrace, private open-air bath and green forest views. There’s also a large suite with Japanese living room and Western bedroom.
Located on the first floor of the garden wing, these 700- to 750-square-foot rooms are in traditional Japanese tatami style. Guests sleep on futons on the floor which are rolled away during the daytime and replaced by cushion seating and a low table. The terrace offers green views and is fitted with a hammock and an outdoor tub. Complimentary WiFi is provided.
This spacious second-floor suites offer 1,184-square-feet of space, with private terrace that looks out to maple and cherry trees. The suite features a twin bedroom, wide bamboo balcony, open air tub and a Japanese room with floor seating and low urushi lacquerware table.
These second-floor rooms offer 645-square- feet of space, with raised futon bedding and blonde timber floors. Private terraces have a hot tub and green garden views, plus a skylight providing natural light. Complimentary WiFi is provided.
Measuring 860-970-square-feet, these suites are located on the 2nd to 4th floors and offer views of the gardens and Yamashiro town. Suites feature a western-style bedroom with raised futon bedding, a separate tatami mat living area with low seating and a covered terrace and outdoor bathtub. Complimentary WiFi is provided.
Guided yoga sessions are provided every morning in the Horin indoor/outdoor space. Offering views of the surrounding greenery and sunset, it is the perfect retreat for quiet relaxation and meditation.
A selection of communal men's and women's indoor and outdoor springs are available. The springs are alkaline, helping alleviate ailments such as body pain and rheumatism and offer relaxing forest views.
Medicinal herbal treatments are available in the spa using custom created herbal balls, lotions and scented oils to promote wellness and balance. Mud masks, reflexology, massage and full body treatments are also offered. The spa includes an indoor Zen garden called entei, featuring a circular pool with a never ending flow of spring water.
Mukayu's home brand spa and beauty products and a selection of locally made ceramics and artworks can be purchased in the onsite store.
Every day guests can join a tea ceremony in the tea house in the woods, led by the owner of the ryokan. Matcha tea is served in a traditional Japanese ceremonial fashion.
The entrance lobby doubles as a bar and cafe, where a great range of local teas, juices and Mukayu brand gourmet coffees are served. Plum liqueur, French wines, beer, ice cream and Japanese desserts are also available here.
Traditional kaiseki meals are served on delicate locally crafted ceramics, themed around the changing seasons. In winter, guests can expect hotpots and warm soups in the warmer months, crab, oysters, light broths and raw vegetables are featured. Local sake and rice wine are also served. A light dinner and sushi dinner are available for those with dietary restrictions.