Hyakurakusou

What does Hyakurakusou look like?

Hyakurakusoun is absolutely one of the best in Ishikawa.  If you are looking for luxury modern resort ryokans with nice views, Hyakurakusou would be perfect.  Access to the property would be inconvenient from Kanazawa City, but it’s really worth staying here.  We were overwhelmed by the beauty of Tsukumo bay.  We just admired the view many times but it never got boring.  It’s indescribably beautiful.  The ambiance is cozy, tranquil, and serene.  There are 27 rooms only.  The property would be great for couples, families, small groups, or solo travelers.  If you are a solo traveler, you can book a room on weekdays only. 

Is the location easy to access?

No, traveling from Kanazawa city would be tricky.  When you visit here, you may want to get a rental car in Kanazawa city.  *If you visit in the winter season, I wouldn’t recommend driving a car because of a heavy snow.Alternatively, you can take an express bus at the number 7 bus stop from the west exit of Kanazawa Station.   Then get off at Yanagida Tensaka Bus Stop.  It takes around 144min.  It costs JPY2,380 per adult.  If this is your first visit to Ishikawa prefecture, you may be worried where you should get off so you may want to show the below Japanese sentence to a bus driver when you get on a bus.  Then you wouldn’t miss the bus stop even if you fall asleep.   A free shuttle service is available from the bus stop.  You need to book it in advance.

柳田天坂のバス停に着いたら、教えて下さい。
Please let me know when you reach “Yanagida Tensaka Bus Stop”.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a corner room with an outdoor private bath and a balcony.  This is not hot spring, though.  We fully enjoyed the private bath while viewing a magnificent bay with a beer in hand.  That’s precious time.  Some rooms wouldn’t have nice views.  If you really want to get much of an immersive “peaceful bay view” experience, you should book a suite room.   Then most of the rooms have twin beds.  If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses called futon in tatami rooms, you should avoid booking a standard Japanese room.  Check availability and pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, a Nespresso coffee machine with capsules, baked sweets, a complimentary minibar including beer and a green tea set, etc.  Also, there are many colorful yukatas in the lobby you can choose.  Then there are L’OCCITANE amenities in the bathroom.   Room service is available from 20:00 to 22:30.  The free WiFi reception was good in the property.

How about In-house Facilities?

Overall, facilities tend to be a bit worn-out, but well-maintained.  There are very unique cave indoor and outdoor communal baths using deep ocean water.  They are not hot springs, but you should try all of them.  Also, there is a wonderful private family bath with a beautiful view of Tsukumo Bay.  It costs JPY3,000 for 50min.  You need to book it in advance.  A fruit squeezer with fresh oranges is available for free in the private family bath.  That’s a great service.  All of them are open from 5:00 to 24:00.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal baths, use reserved private family bath instead.  Then the property has a place where you can fish.  We found that there were many kinds of fish swimming in that bay.  You can rent fishing rods, or you can bring yours.  Also, you can ask staff to cook fish you catch at an additional charge.  Then Hyakurakusou is not a universal design.  If you bring people with week feet, you may want to find others.  There are many steps in-house.  Wheelchairs are available for borrowing, though.  Then there is a vending machine for drinks including beer in-house, but there is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here. 

How about meals?

Local seafood for dinner and breakfast was wonderful.  All local ingredients were so fresh, high-end, and testy.  All meals are served in a private room in a dining area.  After dinner, some rice balls for a night snack were served.  Dinner starts from 18:00 or 19:30.  Breakfast starts from 7:30 to 9:00.  *Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day.  Then, as far as I know, there is no restaurant around the property.  You may want to book a room including meals. 

How about services?

This is child-friendly.  Staff provides yukatas, amenities, and meals for small children if you request.  Then they can hold your luggage before check-in and after check-out.

My impressions

Overall, Hyakurakusou has great cost performance.  The property must leave a lasting impression.  Then all staff tends to be warm, helpful, and friendly, but if you cannot find an English speaker at the reception, you might want to write on paper what you want to say.  Most of the staff would understand English sentences.  I hope you don’t mind.  Then, Hyakurakusou is very popular even though the location is inconvenient in terms of public transportation.  If you want to chill out at the property in a tranquil atmosphere, you may want to avoid staying between late April and early May, weekend in Oct and Nov, and the end of the year and New Year holiday.  The property would be crowded more than you expect.  At last, don’t forget to check a weather forecast if you want to see a stunning bay view.  That’s the most important.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Hyakurakusou from the below space.  Check availability and pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Hyakurakusou

Style Japanese-style Resort Ryokan
Guest Rating Wonderful 9.0
Estimated Price 45,000JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Call at 0768-74-1115 from domestic
Call at +81 768-74-1115 from overseas
Internet Connection Free WiFi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available  
Location Hyakurakuso’s MAP
Access 144min by bus from Kanazawa station to
Yanagida Tensaka bus stop.
Free shuttle bus from the above bus stop.
*Need to book in advance
Address and TEL 11-34 Otsusaka Noto-chō Hōsu-gun
Ishikawa 927-0552 
Tel +81 768-74-1115
Official Homepage Hyakurakuso’s HP  *Japanese Only

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.