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Kayotei
Kaga Onsen

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Kayotei is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Luxury Ryokans.

Nestled in the forested hills on the fringe of picturesque Yamanaka hot spring town, the Kayotei is one of Japan’s finest 'ryokan' (traditional inns). From the ‘ikebana’ flower arrangements to the warm woods and bamboo floors of the traditionally appointed rooms, everything speaks of this ryokan’s long history impressing the most discerning guests.

Though some staff don’t speak English it has long welcomed its Western visitors, which has earned it a place in the exclusive Ryokan Collection alongside the more frequented Gora Kadan. The service is impeccable as you would expect, the multi-course ‘kaiseki’ and at-table ‘shabushabu’ are served in the comfort of the rooms, and the owner personally meets with his guests to provide that personal welcome so rare in the modern world.

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