Beniya Mukayu, A Hot Spring Ryokan
Located near a 1300-year-old hot spring town, Beniya Mukayu, the Japanese-style inn is surrounded by abundant nature. With its 'omotenashi' service and location, you will feel rejuvenated and relaxed after your trip.
Published October 13th 2018 on the former blog
When traveling to Japan most people often visit the big urban areas such as Tokyo and Kyoto, but you haven’t really seen Japan if you haven’t gone to the country side. Over 80% of Japan consists of mountains and woods and the beautiful 17 room Beniya Mukayu is located in the midst of them. The architect planned many of their spaces to include as much of the surrounding landscape as possible.
The interior merges traditional and contemporary design beautifully. Each room comes with a beautiful balcony and it’s own personal out door hot spring bath.
The cuisine is carefully crafted and the menu adjusted to use as much of the local, seasonal ingredients as possible. The food comes served in regional Kutani pottery or Yamanaka and Wajima lacquerware all hand crafted.
Their identity was designed by my design hero Kenya Hara, famous for his designs on MUJI. His products can be found in the rooms, the shop and in the spa.
Find out more about the luxury inn on Beniya Mukayu’s official website.
Beniya Mukayu is located in Kaga Prefecture which is about an hour away from Kanazawa, an area known for it’s good Sushi during cold seasons, craftsmanship and the 21st century museum by Sanaa. Also about an hour away is the small village Shirakawa-go, a Unesco World Heritage.
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STORIES BEHIND THE PIECES
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Hiromichi Nakade, Maker of Oryoki Bowls
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