Yamashiro Onsen, Japan
At a Glance
Stunning design using an incredible array of natural materials and textures
Fantastic spa with specially formulated treatments to indulge body and mind
Mouth watering cuisine and stunning service
Expansive guest rooms with private terraces and open air baths
Beautiful indoor and outdoor public bath
Best time to Visit
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Yamashiro is characterised by a very seasonal climate with high precipitation. The climate here in winter is much cooler than it is in Tokyo. The best time to visit Yamashiro is from April to June and September to November.
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Beniya Mukayu is located just 15 minutes from the local town but feels as if you are in the heart of the countryside. With beautiful paired back design, a light and airy feel complete with stunning spa this is truly a retreat for body and soul.
Situated just outside Yamashiro a small spa town known for its onsens and healing waters lies the beautiful Beniya Mukayu. Situated around a beautiful wild garden each of the 17 rooms have lovely peaceful views, of the garden and town of Yamashiro in the distance. The design of the property uses a unique blend of natural materials to give a stunning blend of textures and warm tones. The paired back design adds to the sense of relaxation with the uncluttered spaces providing an oasis of calm.
Each of the 17 rooms are based on the traditional Ryokan style of rooms with tatami and equipped with private terraces and enormous open air baths in which to relax. There is also the choice of western rooms that provide a fantastic mix of traditional Japanese design with the benefit of a separate bedrooms with western style beds. The suites provide even more space with large living rooms and spacious terraces on which to relax and enjoy the surrounding views.
There is one main dining room at Beniya Mukayu providing mouth watering traditional Japanese cuisine with Kaiseki dinner and Japanese or western breakfast which all looks as incredible as it tastes, with the importance of presentation playing a large role in the menu. It is not only your palate that is pampered here as the spa is fantastic and offers a number of unique treatments which have been developed especially for the Ryokan and complemented by the luxurious bath products available in each room.
Alongside the spa there are two public onsens for men and women with indoor and outdoor baths, a fully stocked library and tea house in the garden for private tea ceremonies.
Each of the 17 rooms is modelled with beautiful clean lines and a paired back design using natural materials with a variety of textures to give a warm feel. The Japanese Premier rooms offer views over the garden and have a traditional layout with tatami mats, a beautiful terrace and private open air bath. Some of the rooms even come complete with hammocks. The Western Premier Rooms provide a similar layout but with beds off the floor on platforms and the Suites provide even more room with large living room and expansive terrace overlooking the gardens and town beyond.
Dining at Beniya Mukayu is as much as art form as it is delicious with Kaiseki dinners served in the main dining room, which feels halfway between a yoga studio and ancient temple with beautiful dark woods and simple beams running throughout the room. The Kaiseki dinner consists of nine courses which are all perfectly crafted to show off Kaga cuisine and the local seasonal produce at its best.
To further the indulgence there is a fantastic spa which offers treatments focussed on improving body and mind with products created by the owners in conjunction with a bio chemist. Every morning there is also complimentary yoga and there are two public baths to enjoy.
Yamashiro is renowned for its onsens with minerals in the water famed for its health benefits and these can be enjoyed from the comfort of Beniya Mukayu. Alongside this, yoga classes can be taken every morning and there is a tea house in the garden so that a traditional tea ceremony can be experienced.
Further afield there are plenty of cultural sites to explore in Kanazawa which is an hour away by car with attractions such as the Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Castle Park and Higashi Chaya District to name a few.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
We arrived in Yamishiro onsen in a total downpour but immediately on arrival at Beniya you felt warm and welcome. The large airy lobby has a Woodstove burning in one corner and stylish furniture to slump down on. Next came freshly pressed apple juice and everything seemed suddenly better. There are three categories of rooms, western, Japanese and zen suites. Having seen them all I'd really recommend the the zen suites as they have the perfect balance of traditional Japanese style and more western features. The living area has tatami mats whilst the bedroom has wooden floors and beds raised slightly higher than the traditional dional futon. The main event is the balcony that houses your private onsen which steams away constantly.
The hotel does definitely feel more like a hotel than a ryokan. There is no language barrier and everything works in much the same way as any other spa resort that I have stayed in. It's a great option for anyone not quite ready to throw themselves 100% into a ryokan but for some it might not deliver on what they were hoping. Personally I had the most relaxing and pampering stay and couldn't fault the experience. Dinner was incredible, a 10 course tasting menu focused on snow crab. We had dressed crab, raw crab, grilled crab amongst various other delicious courses. Amazing.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
I fell completely in love with this property's design. There is such a close relationship between the building and nature with the raw concrete, woods, stones all providing a beautiful blend of textures and colours. All the public spaces are open plan leading onto each other and in the spa there is the most amazing sculpture using beads of water that I could have watched for hours! The rooms here follow suit in simple design which is so effective in providing a relaxed and meditative environment. This is truly somewhere that you can switch off 100% mesmerised by the surrounding beauty and tranquil atmosphere.
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Location & directions
Yamashiro Onsen, Japan
Beniya Mukayu is located just outside Yamashiro in the Ishikawa perfecture in west Japan. Surrounded by a beautiful wild garden, Beniya Mukayu provides a stunning retreat with easy access to a wonderful array of cultural sites.
How to get there
A 12 hour international flight to Haneda airport followed by a 50 minute flight to Komatsu. Then there is a 30 minute transfer by car.
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