What kind of onsen ryokan is Araya Totoan?
This is like an incredible Samurai residence. I’ve stayed at many ryokans, but Araya Totoan was exceptional. If you are a connoisseur of Japan, this is one of the best places to stay. The ryokan has a long history. We were so excited to explore the property. Once we entered the gate, we felt that we were being pulled into old-Japan. Everything, such as architecture, interior, decorations, and traditional gardens, etc., is incomparable. Words cannot describe this place. On the other hand, if this is your first time staying at ryokans, I wouldn’t recommend it as you may feel overpriced when you check out. The ambiance is serene, sophisticated, and elegant. Araya Totoan has a very mysterious and sacred atmosphere. This property would be great for couples, families, small groups, or solo travelers. There are 18 rooms only. Absolutely the ryokan completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest.
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Is the location easy to access?
Yes, it would be easy from Kagaonsen Station. It takes 15min by car. A free shuttle service is available from the station. You need to book it in advance. It takes around 30min from Kanazawa Station to Kagaonsen Station.
Rooms I would recommend?
If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a room with an outdoor private hot spring. The room is spacious, user-friendly, and charming. The view from the outdoor private bath is like a painting. It’s like you’re in another world. This is breathtakingly beautiful. The private hot spring is a quaint design expressing unique Japanese sensitivity. Overall, facilities tend to be the latest. I guess that the owner often makes an investment in equipment. Then, if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you may want to book a room with western twin beds on tatami mats.
How about toiletries & in-room amenities?
All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, a green tea set, Japanese sweets, yukatas, and skincare products. The Free Wi-Fi reception was good on the property. Room service is not available. Complimentary beer is available near the communal hot spring area in the evening.
How about In-house Facilities?
There are wonderful large communal indoor and outdoor hot springs. The spring quality is amazing, very thick, smooth, and moist. All of them are open from 14:00-10:30 the following morning. If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the communal bathing area. There is no private family hot spring. You may want to book a room with a private one. Then Araya Totoan is not a universal design. There are some steps. Wheelchairs are available for borrowing, though. If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the entrance. Also, you may want to book a room with a private hot spring as you wouldn’t need to move around once you enter your room. Then I didn’t see vending machines on-site, but there is a convenience store nearby.
How about meals?
Then Kaga kaiseki food experience was top-notch. It may be a little challenging for the western palate, but it’s well worth trying. We were impressed by each dish. All meals are served in a private room. If you bring small children, they are served in your room. After dinner, don’t forget to visit the bar in the annex called Arisugawasou even if you don’t drink. It’s well worth a visit. The ambiance is surprisingly amazing for adults. They have a large selection of wine and Japanese sake. Also, I noticed that non-alcoholic beverages were available. It’s open from 20:30-23:00. Then, as far as I know, there are some local izakaya restaurants near the property. If you go out for meals, you may want to book a table in advance as most of the local papa-mama shops would be closing early.
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How about services?
This is child-friendly. Staff provides meals, tableware, and yukatas for small children if you request in advance. Then they can hold your luggage before check-in and after check-out. Also, the staff arranges flowers and cakes to celebrate an anniversary at additional charges if you request in advance.
This is absolutely top-notch. If you want to get much of an immersive pure Japan, it’s well worth it. All staff is professional, elegant, and sophisticated. We were overwhelmed by the beauty of their hospitality. If you expect 5-star hotel service, you should stay here. We would definitely stay here again. Have a nice trip! Welcome to receive any questions about Araya Totoan from the below space. Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Agoda
Info about Araya Totoan
|Style||Authentic Onsen Ryokan|
|Check-in and out time
|Estimated Price||100,000JPY for 2 adults per room|
|Internet Connection||Free WiFi in the ryokan|
|Facility Information||Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Valet parking is available
|Location||Araya Totoan’s MAP|
|Access||Free shuttle bus from KagaOnsen station
|Address and TEL||+81
|Official Homepage||Araya Totoan’s HP|
*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.