Kinjohro

What does Kinjohro look like?

This is like a samurai residence.  Once you enter the property, you may feel like you are a SAMURAI.  It made us feel like we were traveling into the Edo period.  If you are a connoisseur of Japan, this is one of the best in Kanazawa.  Absolutely this is a top-notch ryokan in Kanazawa.  Everything, such as architecture, interior, furniture, decorations, and traditional small garden, etc., is authentic.  We were excited to explore in-house.  There are 6 rooms only.  We didn’t see other guests during our stay.  Absolutely the ryokan completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest.  On the other hand, if this is your first time staying at ryokans, this wouldn’t be.  Probably you may feel overpriced when you check out.  Kinjohro would be great for couples, small groups, family, business persons, or solo travelers.  The ambiance is serene, tranquil, and relaxed.  Check availability and pricing for Kinjohro on Booking.com or Agoda

Is the location easy to access?

The location is a 10min-drive from Kanazawa Station.  It costs around 1,500JPY by TAXI.  It takes around 30min on foot.  A free shuttle service is not available.  It would be a bit inconvenient from the station, but Kanazawa castle park, Kenroku-en, and Nagamachi Samurai district, etc. are within walking distance from the property.  The location would be great to walk around Kanazawa city.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend booking rooms called Tsuki no Ma or Yuki no Ma.  These rooms have views of traditional small gardens and Japanese cypress wood bathtubs.  When we chilled out at the room while viewing a charming and quaint garden, we felt the luxury and authenticity at once.  Also, the Japanese cypress bathtub has a wonderful fragrance.  We relaxed while soaking in the bath after a long day out.  This is not hot spring, though.   The décor is excellent Japan minimalistic.  If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses called futon in tatami rooms, you should book a room with twin beds on tatami mats.  There are 3 rooms with twin beds. 

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, a complimentary mini-bar including Japanese sake and beer, and a Japanese tea set.  There are BVLGARI amenities in the bathroom.  The free WiFi reception was good.  Room service is not available.

How about In-house Facilities?

There is no communal bath, no lounge, or no bar in-house.  Then Kinjohro is almost universal design.  There is a lift.  A wheelchair is 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 entrance.  Then there is no vending machine for drinks, but there is a convenience store nearby.

How about meals?

Kaga kaiseki food experience was just divine.  Kinjohro is one of the well-known auberge ryokans in Kanazawa.  The food tends to be very authentic.  It may be challenging for the western palate, but it’s worth trying it if you stay at Kinjohro.  *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.  Alternatively, you can go out for meals as there are many restaurants around Kanazawa Station. 

How about the staff?

The staff tends to be patchy.  If you expect 5-star hotel service, this is not.  They are welcoming, but be mindful and respectful of the Japanese traditions here as it’s a very traditional ryokan.  Then if you cannot find English speakers, you might want to write on paper what you want to say.  Most of the young staff would understand English sentences.  I hope you don’t mind.

My impressions

Overall, the price range would be high, but the experience was pure Japan and should definitely be tried.  Then the best season to stay at Kinjohro would be in spring or fall.  There are many wonderful spots around Kinjohro.  You can fully enjoy taking a walk while viewing beautiful landscapes in Kanazawa City.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  *They can hold your luggage before check-in and after check-out.  Check availability and pricing for Kinjohro on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Kinjohro

Style Authentic Ryokan
Check-in and out time
16:00/11:00
Estimated Price 100,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
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Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Kinjohro’s MAP
Access 10min by TAXI from Kanazawa Station
Address and TEL 2-2-23 Hashibachō Kanazawa-shi
Ishikawa 920-0911 
Tel +81 76-221-8188
Official Homepage Kinjohro’s HP

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