What kind of onsen ryokan is Kagaya?

This is like a large history museum.  Kagaya is a typical luxury onsen ryokan in Wakura Onsen in Ishikawa prefecture.  There are so many traditional decorations in the public area, such as paintings, local craftworks, and sculptures, etc.  We were excited to explore around here.  If this is your first stay at ryokans, Kagaya would be perfect.  The ambiance is lively, cozy, and serene.  When we entered the property, a Japanese harp live performance was playing in the lobby.  This property would be great for family, couples, or groups, but not solo travelers.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, the location is near Wakuraonsen Station.  Free shuttle service is available from the station between 12:00 and 18:30.  You need to book it in advance.  It takes around 60min by express train from Kanazawa Station to Wakura onsen Station.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with private hot springs or views of Noto Bay.  The décor is Japan-minimalist but truly relaxing.   On the other hand, I wouldn’t recommend rooms in Noto Hongin and Noto Kyakuden building as facilities tend to be worn-out.  The housekeeping was excellent, though.  Then if you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you should stay in rooms with twin beds on tatami mats.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, Japanese sweets, and a green tea set, etc.  Then free WiFi reception was good in the property.  Room service is not available.

How about In-house Facilities?

Kagaya offers extensive facilities.  You wouldn’t need to go out until check-out time.  There is a variety of communal hot springs on 2F.  The spring quality wouldn’t be special, though.  They are open from 5:00 to 25:00.  There is no private family one in-house.  *Please note that if you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the public bathing area, so you may want to book a room with a private hot spring in Noto Nagisatei building.   Then the property is a perfect universal design.  There are some rooms in Noto Nagisatei building for wheelchair users.  Wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift.   Then, don’t forget to visit the bar on 2F after dinner.  That’s a great ambiance.  Also, there are many souvenir shops on 1F.  Many guests enjoy hanging out around there.  Then, there are some vending machines for drinks, ice cream, and cigarettes, etc.  There is a convenience store nearby too.
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How about services?

Kagaya is child-friendly.  Staff can offer chairs, yukatas, baby strollers, baby baths, and step-stools for small children if you request in advance.  Then after dinner, you should go to see a Japanese drum performance in the lobby from 20:15.  Also, the morning market is held every day from 6:30 AM.  If you are keen on local products, you should take a look.  Then, if you have time, join an art tour of the property organized by the hotel staff.  It’s complimentary.

How about meals?

The seafood kaiseki experience was wonderful.  All local ingredients were so fresh, exquisite, and tasty.  Dinner starts from 18:00 to 19:00.  Breakfast starts from 7:00 to 9:00.  If you book a room in Setsugekka, Hamarikyu, or Noto Nagisatei building, all meals are served in your room.  If you book a room in Noto Hongin or Noto Kyakuden building, all meals are served in a dining area.  The menu in dining areas and meals served in guest rooms is different.  The latter would be much sophisticated.  Then you can order baby food at an additional charge of JPY1,000 for dinner and breakfast.  You need to inform the staff of it by 3 days before if you want to order.  Also, 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 it on that day.  Alternatively, you can go out for meals.  There are some local restaurants around here.  Local papa mama shops are closing early.  You may want to book a table in advance.

My impressions

All staff tends to be professional, sophisticated, and elegant.  We did appreciate their excellent service.   Overall, the price range would be reasonable.  If you fully enjoy onsen ryokans, Kagaya would be amazing.  At last, Kagaya is popular all year round.  If you want to chill out at the property in a tranquil atmosphere, you may want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekend in Oct and Nov, and the end of the year and New Year holiday.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Kagaya from the below space.  Check availability and pricing for Kagaya on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Kagaya

Style Typical Onsen Ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 65,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact Call at 0767-62-4111 from domestic
Call at +81 767-62-4111 from overseas
8:00 – 20:00  JST
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 Kagaya’s MAP
Access 60min by train from Kanazawa Station
to Wakuraonsen station.
Free shuttle bus from Wakuraonsen station
Address and TEL 26-0175 Ishikawa Nanao-shi Wakuramachi Yobe 80
Tel +81 767-62-4111
Official Homepage Kagaya’s HP

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