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Retreat to a ryokan

A holiday in a ryokan in Japan's Ishikawa Prefecture offers lots to do and eat

Published on Jul 27, 2014 11:54 AM

The buzz in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto is hard to resist but sometimes, packed trains, the fast pace of life and crowds can get a little much. Retreat, as I did in the midst of a holiday in Tokyo, and head to Ishikawa Prefecture, to a ryokan in Yamashiro Onsen. Its tranquillity is the perfect antidote to big city living.


The welcome from Beniya Mukayu starts even before I leave Singapore.

Right after booking a room there online, I receive an e-mail asking if I will need transport to the ryokan and back to the airport.

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Background story

“For the first time in a long time, I feel no urge to look at my mobile phone, to update or check Facebook, to reply to e-mail, to do anything except sit there and be in the present.”

Getting there

The city of Komatsu is about an hour's flight from Tokyo's Haneda airport. From the airport, take the Super Express bus to Kanazawa Station, about one hour away. From there, take a train to Kaga Onsen station, where the ryokan's free shuttle awaits.


Beniya Mukayu

55-1-3 Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga, Ishikawa, tel: 81-76-177-1340, e-mail: beniya@mukayu.com, go to www.mukayu.com. Rooms start at about $800 a night, with dinner and breakfast included.

Sushidokoro Mekumi

Shimobayashi 4-48, Nonoichi City, Ishikawa, tel: 81-76-246-7781

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, tel: 81-76-220-2800, go to www.kanazawa21.jp

Yamato Soysauce & Miso Co

4-E-170 Oonomachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, tel: 81-76-268-1248, go to www.yamato-soysauce-miso.com