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Saturday, 23 June 2007

The Kayotei: A Japanese Ryokan - Page 4

Written by Scott Haas
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Before I set foot inside a ryokan, the Japanese version of a country inn, I pictured what we have here in New England: Rustic, low-key, old-fashioned, creaking floorboards, pleasant and garrulous hosts, simple fare of roasted, overcooked meats, and incredibly stodgy, faux upscale service. I should have known better.

INTRAVEL: Who designed the property? What else has that person designed?

MK: Mainly I designed the Kayotei with the help of an architect friend. A Mr. Takahashi from Akita prefecture, who is also a carpenter, and I discussed every detail. He has designed some traditional Japanese houses for famous writers in Japan.

INTRAVEL: What gastronomical aspects fit into the property?Kayotei

MK: We aim to provide 100% organic ingredients, including fish from the Sea of Japan as well as local vegetables, eggs, and edible wild plants (we pick them).


INTRAVEL: Anything else?

MK: We want our guests to soak in the hot springs and relax.

If you’re interested in staying at the Kayotei, contact them at:



Ho-20-1 Higashi-machi, Yamanaka
Enuma, Ishikawa 922-0114
Tel. 0761-78-1410
Fax. 0761-78-1121
Bookings can be made through:

For more info about ryokans:


© Scott Haas

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