River Retreat Garaku

Toyama, Central Honshu Mountains, Japan

At a Glance

  • A tranquil, calm property, enjoying stunning river views and an emphasis on art, architecture, culture, cuisine and relaxation

  • The 25 rooms are stylish and serene, balancing Japanese design with modern amenities and picturesque views

  • A vast range of communal spaces offer everything from a private karaoke room to hot spring baths, a library to an art walk

  • Dining is a pleasure, with delicious Japanese and Japanese-French dishes using local and seasonal ingredients

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This area is best visited in Spring and Autumn. Enjoy the colours of fall from September to November but avoid December, January and February if your not skiing as it is often cold and sees more rainfall. June and July are also rather wet but warm.

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This architect-designed boutique hotel enjoys a scenic setting on the banks of the Jinzu River in Toyama and is filled with contemporary art, Japanese and French restaurants, traditional tea rooms, a library, and a spa with hot spring baths

This sleek, contemporary property boasts just 25 rooms and sits along the scenic Jinzu River, with each room offering river views. Designed by Hiroshi Naito, the property is elegant and modern, contrasting wood and natural materials with concrete and clean lines to create a serene, calming welcome. Pieces of art are dotted throughout, including a picturesque ‘Art Walk’ along the Jinzu Gorge and the beautiful views of the river and hills beyond are framed at every opportunity by soaring glass walls.

The majority of the Standard, Deluxe and Suites enjoy riverside views with private balconies from which to soak in the panorama of the river and the hills beyond. The light, bright rooms use natural materials and neutral colours to create restful escapes while the floor-to-ceiling windows frame the view. The Standard rooms have an ensuite toilet and basin but no bath or shower, while the Deluxe and Suites enjoy a variety of bath types, including some with Jacuzzis, wooden Japanese baths or hot spring baths.

With innovative Japanese cuisine at Rakumi and Japanese-French fusion at Tresonnier, dining at River Retreat is elevated to a fine art. Local Toyama ingredients are crafted into elegant dishes with surrounds to match, accompanied by an extensive menu of Sake. The serene spa features indoor and outdoor hot spring baths with a view of the Jinzu Gorge, while a jacuzzi, sauna and outdoor bath offer further relaxation.

River Retreat Garaku is a place to indulge and unwind, soaking in the hot spring baths or admiring the art and the mesmerising views. A range of areas, from the library to the bar, the spa to the private karaoke room offer space to escape, spend time with friends and family, or enjoy your own company. Scenic walks through the surrounding countryside and visits to nearby Toyama showcase the beauty and cultural heritage of the region.

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  • Sake & Art Experience

    You will visit Risaburou for a sake cup carving experience, before continuing for an art walk along the Jinzu Gorge for a sublime walk along the riverside with artworks by contemporary artists.

Holiday Ideas

  • Authentic Rural Japan

    Nagano, Toyama, Kanazawa, Takayama & Nagoya

    from £3400 pp inc flights & transfers for 6 nights

    • Curated selection of boutique hotels and ryokan retreats
    • Explore the extraordinary samurai and geisha districts in Kanazawa
    • Visit the historic cities of Takayama and UNESCO protected Shirakawago in the scenic Kiso Valley

Location & directions

Toyama, Central Honshu Mountains, Japan

River Retreat Garaku can be reached by car from Toyama Airport in around 20-minutes, or from JR Toyama station in around 30-minutes.

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