The Sumiyoshiya Ryokan is a very traditional Japanese inn that has been run by the same family for 300 years and it is the oldest such ryokan in Kanazawa. This hotel is known for its warm and friendly hospitality and some of the staff also speak English.
Though the hotel has been renovated with modern facilities, it still preserves its old world appearance and atmosphere both with its magnificent exterior and inside with tatami matted floors, shoji paper doors, and huge pine wood beams supporting the ceiling. Sumiyoshiya Ryokan is also very conveniently located for sightseeing at major local attractions like Omicho Ichiba Market and Kanazawa Castle Park.
Sumiyoshiya Ryokan has just 8 rooms and they are all Japanese in style with guests sleeping in futons on tatami matted floors. Guest rooms are supplied with yukata style nightwear, towels, toothbrushes, and hair dryers. Shampoo, conditioner, body soap and shaving razors are supplied in private bathrooms and shared bathing facilities. There are 4 types of room:
Type 1: A 17 mat room (about 28m2) with a private wash basin and toilet. This room has no bathroom.
Type 2: A 12 mat room (about 25m2) with a private bathroom and toilet.
Type 3: An 8 mat room (about 13m2) with a private bathroom and toilet.
Type 4: A 6 mat room (about 10m2) with a private wash basin and toilet, but no bathroom.
Children between the ages of 6 and 12 are charged at 70% of the adult rate. Children of 5 years old or younger can stay for free if they share a futon with an adult or for 3,000 yen if they need their own futon.
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Some rooms have private bathrooms and some do not. However, there are also two shared bathing facilities which have Japanese style communal bath tubs with showers. These two bathing facilities are separated by gender and are open from 16.00 – 23.00 and from 6.30 – 9.00.
Sumiyoshiya Ryokan serves a Japanese style breakfast and dinner which can be included in your room plan. Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room, and dinner can be served in your room. It is also possible to book a Western style breakfast but you should request this when you make a room reservation. This ryokan’s seasonal dishes are made using fresh ingredients bought daily from nearby Omicho Ichiba Market and so meals feature a lot of fresh fish and healthy local vegetables. This ryokan has an excellent reputation for its home style local cooking.
Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in guest rooms and public areas of the hotel. There is also a computer at the front desk which is freely available for guests.
This hotel also has a washing machine and dryer and a number of bicycles which guests can use for free.
Complimentary tea and coffee is available in the hotel dining room.
The owners of this ryokan are very friendly and will happily offer advice on the neighborhood attractions.
Sumiyoshiya Ryokan can be easily accessed by bus or taxi from Kanazawa Station’s east exit. A bus from Kanazawa Station takes about 5 minutes to reach the Mushashigatsuji intersection and from there it is a 4 minute walk to the ryokan. To walk from the station to the ryokan would take about 17 minutes.
Sumiyoshiya Ryokan Location Map
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.