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Yorozu Enraku

Yorozu Enraku

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A French restaurant with sophisticated Japanese touches, Yonemura offers creative French dishes with carefully selected ingredients procured locally – vegetables, beef and fish from the Sea of Seto. The chef’s innovative cooking styles free from conventional cooking methods turn every dish into his own styles so as to suit the four seasons. Make sure you allow plenty of time to enjoy your dining experience at Yonemura as each course is served slowing one by one like a typical Japnese kaiseki dinner. Feel a traditional ambience of Kyoto in its interiors designed in the “machiya” style.



Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan from 794 to 1868 or for more than ten centuries. Today, Kyoto is a treasure house of historical and religious traditions and the birthplace of the traditional arts and crafts. It is famous for its 2.000 temples and shrines including the often photographed Kinkakuji, the three-story golden pavilion covered in gold leaf. Nijo Castle was originally built in 1603 which was used as temporary residence of government Kiyomizu Temple was established in 778 and reconstructed in 1633.

Saiho-ji Temple


Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994, the tranquil Saiho-ji Temple is renowned for its large and lush moss garden, which blankets the varied terrain with its multiplicity of moss spreading underneath the trees. The effect is beautiful and rather otherworldly. Although you are required to reserve your visit ahead of time, TRJ can facilitate the whole reservation process.

What is remarkable about the moss garden is that it was never planned to be covered in moss. When Muso Kokushi, a famous landscape architect, refurbished the garden in 1339, the moss naturally grew, with no help from external forces. The fact that this garden’s beauty was only half planned by a man makes it genuinely sublime.


The central garden revolves around a pond in the shape of the Chinese character for heart. The moment you walk in, you will be welcomed by over 120 species of moss flowing over the ground in a soft, cool blanket of green. The temple is said to be at its best just after rain.



Beniya-mukayu invites you to enjoy the simple interior and exterior design of their property. Pass the time in your own way and appreciate the space while you are there.

The architect Sei Takeyama brought a sophisticated urban design to Yamashiro Onsen, one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Japan. Each guest room basks in sunlight during the day, and features a garden with a little tearoom where you can relax and be served tea. The simple modern design and warm hospitality will make you feel right at home.

Great emphasis is placed on various types of spa treatments including aroma-therapy massages and oil body treatments, which are not readily available in other hot spring resorts in Ishikawa Prefecture. The healing properties of the hot spring increase the effectiveness of these treatments.

The Kayotei

The inn’s 10 sukiya suites are arranged in the traditional style of a tea ceremony pavilion. With the sukiya style at its most discreet and understated elegance, the Kayotei offers exquisite intimate spaces influenced by the West in a nature setting known for inspiring the pearls of a haiku poet.

The Kayotei inn is set at the beginning of a lovely walking trail following the perimeter of Kakusen Gorge, about a half-hour south of Kanazawa. Along the path is a thatched arbor dedicated to Haiku poet Basho Matsuo, who wrote of these trees and skies and waters in the 1600s.

Yamanaka Onsen is a hot spring town located far west of Tokyo and nearly on the Sea of Japan.The Buddhist priest Gyoki first discovered Yamanaka’s hot spring waters over a thousand years ago. In the 1970s, after years of consideration and study with an architect, craftsman, and a chef, the Kayotei inn was opened.