This itinerary attempts to list as many of the deluxe accommodations in Ishikawa Prefecture, keeping in mind that there are different standards for hotels, ryokans, minshukus, etc. The concept is that visitors can make a circle, arriving in Komatsu Airport, and departing from Kanazawa by train. Although it can be done with only one night per accommodation, the ideal itinerary would include 2-nights at each selected accommodation one chooses along the way to truly enjoy what they have to offer. This itinerary should then be combined with the city or other "sightseeing" itineraries to be found on this website to truly experience the beauty of Ishikawa Prefecture.
Major airport for Ishikawa Prefecture. Airport code is KMQ. Currently it has domestic flights to and from Fukuoka, Naha (Okinawa), Sapporo, Sendai, and Tokyo (both Haneda and Narita), and international flights to and from Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei. Komatsu is the closest airport to Fukui Prefecture as well.
Note that the Hokuriku Rail Road Company buses provide coach service from Komatsu Airport to Kanazawa Station. They normally depart the airport about 15 after domestic flights arrive. The drive takes about 40 minutes and costs JPY1,130 one way.
The Beniya Mukayu Ryokan is a distinguished member of Relais & Chateaux. Founded in 1928 in the spa town of Yamashiro, Beniya Mukayu is located on the road from the revered Kyoto to the world heritage sites of Shirakawago and Gokayama, close to Kanazawa. The hotel’s architecture elegantly emphasizes contrasts between light, shade and neutral colours. Every room has its own private open-air hot spring bath, with a wonderful view of the authentic Japanese garden. The traditional tea ceremony performed by the owner, yoga lessons given every morning, the finest Kaga style Kaiseki cuisine served on locally crafted crockery, as well as invigorating medicinal spa treatments, combine to make Beniya Mukayu a peaceful haven. It is located only a 30 minute drive from the Komatsu Airport.
Relais & Châteaux is an association of individually owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants. The group currently has about 500 members in 60 countries on five continents. Predominantly represented in Europe, the association is growing in North America, Asia and Africa. The group is known for its strict admission standards. In addition to luxurious facilities, members must have special features distinguishing them from chain hotels. Most of them are historic landmarks such as castles, manor houses, or townhouses in idyllic settings and offering exquisite haute cuisine. The experiences one has at Relais & Châteaux properties give one the feeling of total immersion in a place and its culture, allowing them to be discovered from up close with all that they have to offer. The attentiveness and sincerity of member teams give one a sense of enjoyment that comes paired with respect for every person's privacy, all through a warm and privileged relationship.
The Hotel Nikko Kanazawa is conveniently located across the street from the East Entrance to Kanazawa Station. The 30-story Hotel Nikko Kanazawa is the tallest hotel in the Hokuriku region. All guest rooms are located on or above the 17th floor, providing excellent views of the charming streets of this ancient castle town. The hotel has eight restaurants and bars, including a sushi counter on the 6th floor overlooking a Japanese garden where seasonal dishes from Kaga and the Sea of Japan are served. The hotel has a total of 254 rooms. It is considered by many as the best hotel in Kanazawa.
See their website for details.
2 Chome-15-１ Honmachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken 920-0853, Japan
In the lobby of the Kagaya Bettei Matsuno Midori ryokan is the Kado Isaburo Museum with exhibits of modern interpretations of lacquerware by local artist Kado Isaburo. Also open to the public at the ryokan is a teahouse with about 150 years of history.
The Noto no Sho Ryokan is located at the east end of Wajima City along the Sea of Japan coast. It's well maintained rooms and public areas add to one's enjoyment. All hallways feature tatami mats and each room commands a panoramic view of the Sea of Japan. Female guests are provided with a yukata (Japanese cotton kimono) of their choice. Food is served on traditional Wajima lacquer ware. It has various relaxing options for onsen baths.
The Lamp no Yado Ryokan is a deluxe, 5-star ryokan located in a site that is rated as one of the 3 most spiritual places in Japan. The story is that the inn was founded around 1790 by descendants of the survivors of the Heike clan who lost a war against the Genji at the end of the 12th century. They wanted to be hidden in a secluded area, and accomplished it beautifully. The modern iteration has only 15 rooms and normally requires reservations ten months in advance! It is the only ryokan in the "Yoshigaura Onsen" area. Only dinner and breakfast are served.
The Hyakurakuso Hotel is a very beautiful, modern and luxurious hotel located on a bluff overlooking the picturesque Tsukumo Bay (九十九湾). There are both indoor and outdoor shared baths (not hot spring baths) for women and men at Hyakurakuso, and there is also a "family bath" that guests can reserve in order to bathe privately.
The Noto Satoyama Airport is centrally located in the Noto Peninsula. As of early 2019 there were 2 daily round trip flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport via All Nippon Airways. There are several rental car companies with offices at the airport. Airport code is NTQ.