The Best Hotels to Book in Kanazawa, Japan

Stay close to Kanazawas Kenroku-en Garden, one of the most beautiful in all of Japan
Stay close to Kanazawa's Kenroku-en Garden, one of the most beautiful in all of Japan | © Xavier Dealbert / Alamy Stock Photo
Joe Bindloss

Historic Kanazawa is a firm rival to Kyoto with its collection of jewel-like temples, castles and Japanese gardens, with refreshingly small crowds when you hit the sights. The city’s rich history and bright and vivid present are best exemplified by the legendary Ōmichō market, which has been crammed with traders since at least the Edo period. Places to stay range from nostalgic ryokans to gleaming design hotels. Opt for one of the top picks below, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Yuzuya Ryokan Kanazawa Ryokusone

Ryokan

Spacious room interior at Yuzuya Ryokan Kanazawa Ryokusone, with two single beds in the background, and a sofa, coffee table and two floor chairs in the foreground
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Enveloped by a rare patch of woodland still clinging on in the heart of the city, this deeply dignified traditional inn feels like an escape across the centuries. Tatami rooms open onto forest views, and every bedroom has a unique feel, thanks to antique furniture, painted paper screens and traditional fabrics. Add fine Hokuriku cuisine and an on-site teahouse, and it’s the quintessential ryokan experience.

2. The square hotel KANAZAWA

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Exterior view of the modern Square Hotel KANAZAWA from across the street, with trees out front
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The philosophy of this downtown hotel is to function as a modern village square, connecting guests with locals and the city. That means excellent concierge services, delicious local food and smart, restrained rooms themed around the traditions of Kaga Yuzen silk dyeing. Each room is decorated in one of the Kaga Gosai, the five traditional colours that decorate Kanazawa kimonos. It’s a modern creation but unmistakably Japanese, down to the traditional bathhouse, and right in the thick of things near the castle.

3. Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa

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Impressive, spacious, modern interior of the foyer at Mitsui Garden Hotel Kanazawa, with high ceilings, wall murals and wood panels
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Kanazawa’s landmark Kanazawa-jō Castle and Kenroku-en Garden are just a few minutes’ amble from this dynamic, modern hotel on Kanazawa’s main strip. It’s smartly designed, with mood-setting lighting, shimmering fabrics and mural-style headboards, plus swankier concept rooms inspired by Kanazawa landmarks. Modern artworks fill the futuristic lobby, there’s a bathhouse – of course – and the restaurant looks out onto an atrium garden.

4. Agora Kanazawa

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Modern, stylish seating area interior at KKR Hotel Kanazawa, filled with armchairs, cushioned benches and side tables
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Close to the Sai River, within walking distance of the parklands flanking Kanazawa-jō Castle, Agora Kanazawa blends sleek modernity with traditional ryokan motifs. The minimalist, modernist rooms have reinvented shōji screens, zaisu chairs (with no legs) and mattresses on raised platforms, but there are also Western-style rooms for the uninitiated. It’s very understated, very elegant, and there’s an enticing bathhouse and spa and a carmine-red restaurant inspired by traditional teahouse design.

5. KKR Hotel Kanazawa

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Modern exterior of KKR Hotel Kanazawa viewed from across the road, with bushes and trees in the foreground
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So close to Kanazawa-jō Castle you can almost hear the arrows swoosh overhead, KKR Hotel Kanazawa is a sculptural concrete monument, full of airy public spaces and compact rooms that come in international and Japanese styles. It’s the location that steals the show here; you’re just minutes from the downtown sights, some of which can be seen from the bedroom windows.

6. Kanazawa Capsule Hotel Musashimachi

Capsule Hotel

Hallway of capsule Hotel Nikko Kanazawa, lined with two rows of sleeping pods – the top row is reached by modern metal ladders
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Space isn’t everything – staying at the Kanazawa Capsule Hotel Musashimachi feels a bit like travelling into space, with beds in modernist pods set in futuristic arrays, like suspended animation bays for interstellar travel. Bathroom facilities are shared, but they have to be – the capsule rooms have just enough space for a mattress, TV, a shelf and a coat hanger. It’s very central, and certainly an experience that guests remember.

7. Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

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Simple room interior at Hotel Nikko Kanazawa, with a double bed and TV in the foreground, and an armchair and small desk by the large window in the background
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The Nikko brand is associated with high standards of service, and that’s certainly the case at this soaring hotel tower, almost on top of the train station but a little further from the sights. The high-rise setting means great city views, and the bedrooms have restrained colours, soft sheets and roasted green tea alongside filter coffee. There are multiple restaurants covering diverse cuisines; several take full advantage of those stunning city vistas.

8. Sararaso

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Wood-clad, three-storey exterior of the modern Sararaso hotel, with large windows and balconies
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Sarasaro is a very different hotel experience to anything else on offer in Kanazawa. Set in a low-rise, wood-clad building beside the Sai River, this low-key hotel feels like a suburban home; it’s calm, quiet and unpretentious. Rooms are compact, but there are perks: the owner, a former cook, prepares a full Japanese breakfast, and the old town is an easy bus ride from a stop just seconds from the front door.

9. Henn na Hotel Kanazawa Korimbo

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Simple room interior at Henn na Hotel Kanazawa Korinbo, with two twin beds, a wall-mounted TV and small desk in the foreground
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The robot velociraptors behind reception are the first sign that Henn na Hotel Kanazawa Korimbo is not your average hotel. This offbeat concept hotel near the castle has a thing for technology, with touchscreen consoles in the rooms, vending machines in the lobby and robot-controlled check-in and check-out. Against this backdrop, the friendly restaurant serving homemade soba noodles is a surprisingly human touch.

Don’t miss our insider guide on what to see and do while in Kanazawa, or our itinerary for 48 hours in this underrated city.

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