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- Founded in 718, continuing for 46 generations from 1,300 years ago, this is Hokuriku’s oldest Japanese-style hot spring ryokan.
- In the past, it has even been registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as a hot spring ryokan with the oldest history in the world.
- Those that stay at Houshi will be able to experience the traditional scenery of Japan.
- The genuine hot spring atmosphere of this quiet seasonal lodging will help to ease guests’ travel fatigue.
- To express their gratitude and happiness for guests’ stay, ryokan staff will serve guests matcha green tea and tea cakes.
- The hot spring is a clear and colorless sodium sulfate spring. The spring water is also good for drinking.
- Both the men’s and women’s large communal baths have open-air baths.
- In the open-air baths, guests can also enjoy the natural scenery as its appearance changes via the seasons and weather.
- The large communal baths are equipped with shampoo, hair rinse, conditioner, and face shaving foam.
- The men’s dressing room is equipped with hair dryers, cotton swabs, combs, skin gel, razors, hair mousse, hair tonic, hair liquid, and hair-styling water.
- The women’s dressing room is equipped with hair dryers, cotton swabs, combs, hand mirrors, shower caps, and skin care products (cleansing items, face lotion, all-in-one gels).
- The ryokan also has 2 private baths. (Reservations taken after check-in at the front desk, on a first come, first served basis. Advance reservation cannot be done by phone, email, etc.)
- Guestrooms are located in 4 connected wings that surround a Japanese garden.
- In the spacious garden, guests can enjoy the four seasons of Japan with colored leaves in the fall, winter scenery, cherry blossoms in the spring, and cool clear streams in the summer.
- For cuisine, guests can savor kaiseki course meals prepared with natural bounties from the ocean, mountains, countryside, and rivers in the Hokuriku and Kaga regions.
- Hot dishes are served while they are still hot, and cold dishes are served cold.
- From Kanazawa, it is about 30 minutes by train. From Komatsu Airport, it is about 25 minutes by car, making for a very convenient location.
- There is also a free shuttle service from Awazu Station (closest station) and Kagaonsen Station. (For details, please refer to Access Info)
Extra beds, if available, are dependent on the room you choose. Please ask the property for more details.
We had high hopes for our stay at the Houshi ryokan: our actual stay was even better than what we expected. Would recommend to anybody.
Incredible to feel history of the ryokan. Room, food, and service were impeccable. Also, very nice surprise to have the temple and forest walk next to it.
A very old ryokan and we were not expecting much as it's the oldest ryokan in Japan, however were pleasantly surprised by the warmth, genuine care for the guests and charm of this hidden gem. It's like an old inn, room was traditional Japanese with tatami
Very nice traditional ryokan. Excellent service, food and onsen.
It's just OK for a single night ryokan experience!
Staff & services are highly rated. Room allocated was a bit old. Overall a good experience staying in the Ryoken
Absolutely fantastic!!! We could taste the real traditional Japan. The service, the food, the hot springs... all exceeded positively our expectations. The family owner were lovely and we had a charmy welcome. We are a spanish couple and we think it is perf
History everywhere, but also contemporary in many ways! Top service and best Keiseki Food.Lifetime expierence!
Houshi Ryokan gets a lot of press and acclaim because of its age. I was really excited to visit and my experience was good, but I wasn't blown away. Everything was good bordering on great, but aside from staying in a special blue room, I can't say anything
Fantastic - so glad we stayed there. Such a warm welcome and great hospitality. Will recommend widely
Very nice stay - the service is impeccable, the staff is very friendly and kind and the history of the ryokan makes for a unique Japan onsen experience.
Houshi has been run by the same family for 46 generations and they know service. The staff are helpful and friendly and the current owner is a delightful man to talk with. The food, garden and baths are all superb.
Staffs at this hotel were very nice, their hospitality is exceptional!! I was impressed by them as soon as I get to the hotel, all the staffs welcome us at hotel entrance. I highly recommend this hotel >_<
Charming ryokan steeped in tradition. Service was excellent. It assigned a service staff to take care of all our need during our stay from serving dinner to arranging for transfer to the train station. It is an excellent idea to have one contact point wit
Houshi is a contemporary style ryokan with all the modern conveniences but with a sense of style, food and service that comes with nearly 1300 years of being run by the same family. Houshi is located in the center of Awazu Onsen which doesn't have its own
The decoration and the ambience is hugely marvellous. The hot spring facilities are good. The staff is very friendly and would like to visit this historic place once again.