Yamashiro Onsen, Japan
At a Glance
One of the few, truly authentic Ryokan experiences. You will really feel like you are getting a Japanese experience
The private outdoor hot springs are a truly relaxing way to unwind
The surrounding town is very much off-the-beaten track and is great for exploring
Enjoy a vast array of beautifully presented and exquisite traditional dishes during your Kaisaki dinner
Enjoy the unique and renowned Japanese hospitality here and try your hand at Japanese
There aren't any convenience stores near the property so be sure to pick up snacks from a store beforehand in case the food isn't to your liking.Rikki Poynton
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Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Araya Totoan or take a look at our itineraries to Kanazawa and the Kiso Valley
Set in the quaint Yamashiro Hot Spring village and surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, Araya Totoan is a perfect retreat for those looking for an authentic, off the beaten track experience. As you pull into the old town you will really feel like you have entered another world which remains unspoiled by tourism. Originally built in 1639, the property itself has been in the same family for more than 18 generations and if you are lucky, you will meet the current owner yourself.
Despite its remote location, Araya Totoan offers tasteful and luxurious accommodation with each room boasting its own private hot spring and terrace complete with reflection garden and even a wine bar where you'll find a wide collection of international wines, whiskey and of course, Sake. The beds are traditional Japanese futons set up on the floor, but which are surprisingly comfortable.
The property has a no shoes policy throughout and guests are encouraged to wear the traditional kimonos known as yukatas supplied by Araya Totoan. Dinner is served in the typical, Kaisaki way with several courses served over the period of 1-2 hours or more. The food is definitely a highlight during your stay at the Ryokan and is beautifully presented to a Michelin standard. Enjoy the most incredible sashimi, sushi, Wagyu beef, vegetables and tofu all served in tiny bowls, one after the another. This feast of gastronomic delights goes down especially well with a glass of sake or two.
If relaxing in the hot spring and dining aren't enough, take a stroll through the narrow streets of this tiny town and explore the local life. Just behind the property is path leading through a complex of shrines and temples, and up to the top of the hill from where you can catch an amazing view of the whole area.
There are no specific facilities for children but families are welcome. Please be aware that the food can be unfamiliar for very young children and it is difficult to cater for those with strict dietary requirements.
The Ryokan boasts onsite onsens, both private and public, in room dining, beautiful gardens and a wine bar offering a selection of whiskeys, sake and wine.
The Ryokan experience is all about relaxing, enjoying the hot spring waters and dining on the most exquisite array of weird and wonderful dishes. Outside, guests can take leisurely walks around the town exploring the local area and up into the hills.
Location & Directions
Yamashiro Onsen, Japan
Located in the small hot-spring town on Kaga Onsen just outside Kanazawa, you will really feel like you have arrived in Japan. Set in the hills, enjoy walks around the town or climb to the top of a hill for the most amazing views.
When to go
Yamashiroonsen is characterized 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 Yamashiroonsen is from April to June and September to November.