A good place to rejuvenate your tired body is at
Araya Totoan in the city of Kaga. This city was
developed by the Maeda family and is a famous
tourist area with amazing temples and hot
springs. If you looking for a great natural
spring bathing, then look no further. The idea
of stepping across a footbridge to sip sake in a
villa that once served as a weekend retreat for
a member of the Imperial family is something
that you would not want to miss. Before
entering, you must slowly bow beneath a fabric noren curtain to enter the long corridor which
is gently lit with beautiful paper lanterns.
Arisugawa-Sanso, the former Imperial families'
house located in the woods, is now a charming
candlelit bar perfect for a weekend get-away.
This is one of the best traditional ryokan in
The serene Araya
Totoan was first set up by Genemon Araya who was
the caretaker of the thermal waters of Yamashiro
for the Lord Maeda clan in the mid-1600s.
Presently, Takayuki Nagai is in charge of the
role. If you ever witness the waters here, you
will find out why the waters here in the Kaga
area of Ishikawa Perfecture is favored by the
nobility. These thermal waters are remarkable
for their soft touch and their soothing nature.
Onsen tamago which are eggs boiled in these
waters has since become a national delicacy.
Visitors coming here for a great spa bathing
will never be disappointed. Seen here at Araya
Totoan are two communal hot spring baths in
nature and another two communal indoor onsen. There are twenty
rooms here which are all equipped with private
bathrooms and private hot spring baths are found
in five of the rooms. The Ochin-no-Ma room with
its Photo: Araya Totoan in
trademark Kaga red walls and Sukiya design
is an example of the refined living spaces at
this onsen resort.
The Kaga Onsen area which
includes Yamashiro Onsen as well as Yamanaka
Onsen and Awazu Onsen, is well known for its
production of colorful kutani-yaki pottery. The
works of one of Japan's famous potter, Rosanjin
Kitaoji, are showcased in the lobby of Araya
Totoan. Besides an incredible spa experience,
tourists will be impressed by the presentation
of cuisine at the Araya Totoan since most of the
food here are served on the famous kutani-yaki
plates and the hushed intimacy of the rooms here
simply add to you staying pleasure.
Located at :
81 (0)761 77 0010