Nestled between sushi bars and antique shops on a vibrant street in Kanazawa’s Higashiyama district, the modest exterior of Maki No Oto stands out for its simplicity and humility. Inside this family-run ryokan, the minimalist design creates a sense of tranquillity that marks a contrast with the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Furthermore, with just four guest rooms, a feeling of exclusivity adds to the serenity that pervades the space.
The Nishi and Yuzen guest rooms offer modern Japanese interiors, with pared-down design subtly accented by artworks and fine furnishings. The western-inspired Higashi and Kagayaki rooms deliver familiar comforts with large sofas and queen-sized beds. All guest rooms boast large windows giving onto little gardens. Beyond the comfort of your room, the Wakon Restaurant’s menu features delicious traditional Japanese haute cuisine, served Kappo-style, with the chef preparing meals at a counter in front of diners. For lighter bites, sample a selection of the hotel’s homemade chocolates at the Café - be sure to try their signature flavour, dried persimmon soaked in rum.
While Maki No Oto has everything to provide you with the ideal stay, there is a great deal to discover beyond its walls. History lovers will delight in a visit to Kanazawa castle, while the Kenrokuen Gardens offer an exemplary display of the quintessential Japanese garden. To truly immerse yourself in this vibrant city, sample delicious local seafood at the Omicho Market or stroll through the buzzing Higashi Chaya District, admiring its traditional teahouses and fascinating geisha performances. Kanazawa’s cultural side also begs to be discovered, with the serene D.T. Suzuki Museum giving an insight into the Buddhist philosopher’s life, while the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art showcases a fine collection of modern Japanese and international artworks. Back at the ryokan, the region's artistic heritage is reflected in an intriguing selection of pieces including works from upcoming local painters, glassworks, pottery and even premium umbrellas.
Those looking to be in the heart of the action
Culture and history enthusiasts
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Feast on Japanese haute cuisine at the Wacon restaurant
Indulge in a soothing bath with serene garden views
Enjoy traditionally served macha tea and hand-crafted chocolates at the café
Admire the selection of local artworks at the Edge Gallery
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Indulge your senses at the colourful Omicho Market
Discover the fascinating history of the region with a visit to Kanazawa Castle
Uncover the city’s creative side with a visit to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
Watch a traditional tea ceremony or geisha performance in the Higashi Chaya district
Wind down with a relaxing walk around the beautiful Kenrokuen Gardens
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