920-0165 Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Fukatanimachi chi 95, Japan – Great location - show map
Boasting a 200-year history, Motoyu Ishiya features classic architecture, an original Noh stage and a garden. Surrounded by tranquil mountains, it offers luxurious Japanese accommodations with outdoor and indoor hot-spring baths. Free WiFi is available at the lobby, and guests can shop at the souvenir store on site.
Rooms have a tatami (woven-straw) floor and low furniture. Some offer beds, while other rooms come with traditional futon bedding. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. Yukata robes are provided.
Twice a year, Ishiya Motoyu hosts a genuine Noh play on their stage. The inn also houses drinks vending machines and free parking.
Guests here can indulge on seasonal Japanese dishes featuring colorful Kaga vegetables and fresh seafood gathered from Nanao Bay each morning. The meal also includes local delicacies like Jibuni, a hot pot dish featuring duck and flavorful stock.
Motoyu Ishiya is around a 20-minute drive from Kanazawa Castle’s Ishikawa gate, Higashi-Chaya Town and Omi-cho Market. Morimoto Train Station is a 7-minute drive or taxi ride.
This property is a ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn. Learn more
- What's a ryokan?
- A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn. They usually feature bathhouses, multicourse dinners, communal spaces where guests can relax, and rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon mats. Like hotels, a range of ryokans (from budget to luxury) is available. What originated centuries ago as a free rest house for long-distance travelers has evolved into a popular destination for relaxation surrounded by therapeutic mineral springs.
- What are the big differences between a ryokan and a hotel?
- Unlike a hotel, where the guest room is just a place to turn in for the night, a ryokan is more than just a place to sleep. In Japan, many travelers journey long distances to relax in a hot spring bath and feast on a traditional multicourse dinner – staying in a ryokan is an experience in and of itself. These ryokans typically have Japanese-style rooms with woven-straw floors and futon beds (no Western beds and carpeting). You should also remove your shoes at the entrance of the room, or before you enter it. Modern ryokans might serve buffet-style meals in a dining area, while more traditional ryokans tend to serve in-room dinners. Some ryokan rooms have a private bathroom, and others might just have a shared bathroom.
- What's a kaiseki meal?
- Kaiseki is the culinary highlight at a ryokan, embodying beautifully presented dishes that delight both the palate and the eyes. Every one of the 10 to 15 dishes that make up the multicourse Japanese dinner is prepared in a way that highlights the unique textures, colors, and flavors of featured seasonal ingredients and local specialties. Most commonly served at special restaurants and ryokans, a traditional kaiseki dinner usually consists of bite-size appetizers, fresh sashimi (raw fish, like sushi), soup, grilled fish or meat, a hot-pot dish, rice with miso soup, and a small dessert.
- What's a yukata?
- A yukata is a casual summer kimono or robe, typically made of light cotton. Many ryokans provide guests with yukata robes during their stay. In some areas, it's common to see guests strolling through the neighborhood in their yukatas. The loose-fitting garment is perfect for sleeping and relaxing in.
- How should I wear a yukata?
- First, put your arms through the sleeves like you would with a robe. Take the right side of the yukata and wrap it across your body. Then, take the left side and wrap it over the right, making sure that the robe is level at your ankles. Pinning the yukata closed on the right side, wrap the sash around your waist a couple of times and then tie a bow. Generally, the bow is tied around the waist for women, and the hips for men.
- What's a Japanese hot spring (onsen)?
- Onsen (literally "hot spring") is a term often used to refer to both the mineral-rich hot springs and the bathing facilities that house them. Whether the bath is public or private, gender-segregated or mixed, indoor or outdoor, soaking and unwinding in the soothing geothermal waters at an onsen is a millennia-old custom deeply embedded in Japanese culture.
- What's standard bathing etiquette?
- At a bathhouse—onsen or not—guests are expected to remove all clothing in their respective changing rooms before entering the bathing area. As a common courtesy, once inside the bathing area, guests should wash and rinse their bodies thoroughly before quietly stepping into the hot water. Whether you relax in solitude or converse softly with others is up to you, but guests should always be mindful of others. Wash towels are often used to cover one’s private areas while walking around. However, note that you should not put towels in the water.
- Why are tattoos not allowed?
- While tattoos have become more popular among Japan's youth, many Japanese people still associate them with outlaws and organized crime. Nowadays, not all businesses ban customers with tattoos, but you might still be refused admission to bathhouses and swimming pools. Small tattoos can be covered up using waterproof bandaids, but keep in mind that each property has the final say on what’s acceptable.
Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.9 for a two-person trip.
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- Is there a vegetarian meal option?Sorry. The hotel does not serve vegetarian cuisine.Answered on September 12, 2022
Most popular amenities
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.
The entrance to the property is closed between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Children & Beds
Children of all ages are welcome.
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Crib and extra bed policies
Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.
No age restriction
There's no age requirement for check-in
Motoyu Ishiya accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
Smoking is not allowed.
Pets are not allowed.
The fine print
The property has a strict curfew at 23:00. Guests cannot enter or leave the property after this time.
Guests with a tattoo may not be permitted to enter public bathing areas and other public facilities.
Hot-spring opening times: 06:00 – 09:00 and 11:00 – 23:00
For the schedule and tickets of the twice-yearly Noh play, please contact the property directly. Contact details can be found in the booking confirmation.
For guests traveling with children, please inform their number and ages to the property at the time of booking. Children’s rates apply.
<On-site Dining Information>
-To eat dinner at the property, a reservation must be made at least 2 days in advance.
-You must check in by 19:00 to eat dinner at the property. Guests who check in after this time may not be served dinner, and no refund will be given.
-Starting times for dinner are 18:00, 18:30 and 19:00.
-Guests with a breakfast-included plan must check in by 21:00.
<Public Transportation Information>
- Guests can take JR bus from Kanazawa Station free of charge if the guests have JR Japan Rail Pass
- Get off at Rukaya Motoyu Mae bus stop
Guests must check in by 7:00 PM to eat dinner at this property. Guests who check in after this time may not be served dinner, and no refund will be given.
An accommodation tax per person, per night is not included in the price and must be paid at the property.
FAQs about Motoyu Ishiya
The prices at Motoyu Ishiya may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.
Motoyu Ishiya is 5 miles from the center of Kanazawa.
Room options at Motoyu Ishiya include:
Yes, Motoyu Ishiya is popular with guests booking family stays.
Guests staying at Motoyu Ishiya can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.0).
Breakfast option(s) include:
Check-in at Motoyu Ishiya is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.
Motoyu Ishiya offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):
- Hot spring bath
- Public Bath
- Neck massage