Meaning ‘the waters of Noto’, the clue to this ryokan’s success is in the title. Nearly a century ago, the founder noticed the high pH of the hot spring waters in the area, and it has been the draw for Japanese guests ever since. Besides being the ultimate detox, some of the baths offer panoramic views of this beautiful coastline. Rooms are sparsely furnished in the traditional style but refined and elegant, some with ocean views from private balconies and ‘rotenburo’ baths. It is a haven of old Japan charm with service levels to match, without a splash of neon or noise of the television to interrupt the tranquillity.