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Reviewed 11 February 2016

The guest room is very good - no much to complain. There is no nature view from the guest room due to the restriction of the area. But from the half open-air bath there is japanese garden style view for you to look at. Also you do not need to worry about privacy. However, not that special and the bedroom was not at comfortable size. (Bedroom is too small and living room is large - but the aircondition is not adjustable independently - thus you will have one side too warm and the other side too cold.

The dinner is the climax, with no doubt. But this is what you pay for it.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled with family
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2  Thank Albey
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Reviewed 4 January 2015

Our experience at Araya Totoan was wonderful and would definitely go again. We arrived at Kagaonsen station by JR and was picked up on time by the ryokan's shuttle. Upon arrival, we were shown to our room and greeted with green tea and mochi. The room was super clean and was divided into a living/dining area, bedroom, and bathroom with outdoor onsen. The best features of this ryokan were definitely its private onsen and kaiseki dinner. There's also a nice hot spring footbath outside the ryokan that you can enjoy. Beds were super comfy and staff super nice. Highly recommend for foreigners looking for ryokan experience in the Kaga region. From check-in to check-out, everything was smooth. Only complaint would be that the wifi in our room wasn't reliable at times; wasn't a big deal since you're there to enjoy the ryokan experience and not youtube...

  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank kyu2010
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Visited in May 2011.
We have thought between somewhere like Kagaya or smaller ryokan and have decided to visit Araya Totoan. Stayed for two nights and was one of the most relaxing stay I have had.
I loved the way they did the room - clean and modern (good taste) and how spacious it was. I felt like I was escaping out from Tokyo to some secluded place - even though its facing right along the touristy street.
Food was quite amazing with their local sake. You cannot miss having sake (we are usually more of the wine people). Their reasonable local sake goes so well with their local fish. I usually do not have too much sashimi in Tokyo - so was a chance to have super fresh fish. Everything tasted super fresh.

Service was friendly and nice.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank erika-lux-miller
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

This ryokan is on the edge of Kanazawa in an area not strong on English. However the place is magnificent with hot springs piped into the ryokan, excellent japanese quisine and sufficient english in the house to ensure that the stay is hassle free. It also has a neat bar next door. This is a small inn, so dont expect international mega hotel experiences. Amen to that.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank John P
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

“Araya Totoan” written in Japanese as “あらや滔々庵” is an excellent gourmet Ryokan in Yamashiro Hot Spring village that Kitaoji Rosanjin( 1883-1959 artist, ceramicist, restaurateur, etc.) enjoyed the dinner here quite often when he was learning pottery in this village. One day he painted a legendary crow on a screen which was shown in the entrance of this Ryokan. Later he came back here and found the picture too plain and added a large sun ring behind the crow.
Yamashiro is a small village not so far from Kanazawa City nor from Komatsu airport, actually only 20 minutes drive from Kaga Inter Change of Hokuriku motorway. A legend tells that a wooden crow was cured by hot spring here 1300 years ago. In the centre a couple of large public bath in a traditional (but actually built recently) style. A little cottage where Rosanjin lived is charming and one of sightseeing attraction.
When we entered Araya the landlady and several other people sitting on the entrance floor bowed with words of welcome. Immediately we were shown to our room where we were served green tea in a beautiful pot and a small sweet cake. There were 3 large bath rooms for common use of guests. Two were quite normal but designed well giving relaxing ambience but the one in the middle was quite strange as it showed stone objects like replica of Stonehenge in a partition with glass screen instead of garden. It was dark and temperature of hot spring was low. The maid told us that it was good for meditation!
At the time of reservation on phone we were asked if dinner should be served in Rosanjin’s pottery at a premium charge. My wife naturally accepted the offer and I also did a moment later as we would have little opportunities for such extravagance. So the dinner was served mostly in pots and plates Rosanjin produced and they indeed deserved the excellence of the meals. No written menu was provided but instead they asked us what we would not like to have. So we tried to cover all we would not like such as rock oyster (we did not enjoy in Niigata the previous evening), carp, “Hamo”(Muraenesox cinereus), flog, wild birds, wild boar, venison and as such unusual diet.
I should try to explain what we had alongside photographs but must say all we had were excellent. We never had such delicious meals in our whole and long life in the world. Despite the good and heavy dinner we had in the previous evening we could finish all of them. They had a good wine list and I had Chardonnay [2004] Domaine Paul Pernot 2009 in a few glasses and also a half bottle of Chateau Beausite / Saint-Estephe 2001.While Chardonnay was quite good Saint-Estephe was evidently miss choice.
After having enjoyed bath and breakfast in the morning we checked out. When we drove our car around the public bath the maid rushed to us in the rain without umbrella and stopped us to give us a little parcel as souvenir. It was probably because we had given her a tip in addition to the service charge included in the bill. After all they were all very conscious of treating their guests at their best. We enjoyed our stay and think we should visit here again.
(The listing order of photpgraphs was distorted against my will)

Room Tip: Choose from HP photographs
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank tomoyuki-i
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