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Reviewed February 3, 2019

Hanamurasaki ticks off most of the boxes when it comes to a top-tier luxury onsen ryokan. It's located in Yamanaka town (the best of the 3 in the Kaga area) near the famous Kakusensei footpath, it has polished and attentive service, and the food, especially during the Zuwai-gani (local Snow Crab) season, extraordinary food. The main drawback is that meals are not served in your own room, which is unlike some of the nicer ryokans like Gora Kadan (in Hakone.)

We booked the top room at Hanamurasai - #101, the Comfort Suite Haru, which is 170 square meters of spaciousness. The living room is huge, with large couch and a dining table (which is strange, given they don't serve meals in the rooms.) The separate bedroom is on the small side, by comparison. Comfort Suite Haru has a bathroom, shower, a sauna and a private onsen bath. What it doesn't have is any views, nor is there a private garden (since it's on an upper floor, and I'm not sure if rooms on the ground floor have gardens in any case.) It's a very nice room to laze away, but I wouldn't consider it an idyllic experience.

The highlight - and the main reason anyone would come here - is the food... especially the regional specialty during the Winter - Zuwai-gani (Snow Crab.) It blows away any other crab, and enjoyed it in a variety of ways, including sashimi style, which is the best. The crab was sweet and savory, with wonderfully firm texture. The breakfast spread is equally impressive. There was a LOT of food in both meals, but because it's light, non-oily and healthy, we never felt bloated afterwards.

One issue regarding dinner - they have a crazy extensive menu (both in English and Japanese), and it's very difficult to decide what to have. To further complicate matters, many of the food items are not familiar to most people (including Japanese), so ordering seems a bit like a crapshoot. What puzzled us was the omission of Crab sashimi from the menu itself. Enjoying Zuwai-gani sashimi is one of the world's culinary delights, and most fine establishments offer it when in season. In Hanamurasaki's case, we had to speak directly to the food & beverage manager to request that they serve it. His reply - "I guess we can do that." I strongly suggest that they provide it as an integral part of the Winter dinner menu.

The public (for the ryokan guests) onsen bath is open-air and very nice, and not unlike those found in other properties. It's definitely worth experiencing during one's stay, even if you have an onsen bath in your room.

Hanamurasaki was hosted to a very high standard. All of the ryokan staff were gracious and unwavering in their desire to ensure a great stay at both Hanamurasaki as well as the local area.

We had a great time here, but it wasn't perfect. If the private in-room onsen bath had a view (or at least was open-air), ordering dinner was not so complicated, Zuwai-gani sashimi was at least on the menu and meals were served in our suite, we would consider Hanamurasaki one of the elite ryokans in all of Japan. As it stands, it is "merely" one of the top choices in the Hokuriku region.

Date of stay: December 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2019

Hanamurasaki was close to a number of scenic spots and all rooms enjoyed a good view. Our room was cozy, very spacious and comfortable. In addition the bedroom, another small room was attached to the room where we enjoyed cigar and red wine there. The hotel appeared to be a traditional Japanese hotel, but with a modern touch so that customers would not find it old or outdated. The staff were able to communicate well in English. They paid attention to the needs of the customers and brought them what they needed without being asked. I believe this hotel must be one of the best in the area.

Date of stay: December 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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Thank LuLuCNL
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

From the moment we checked in until we left, our stay was wonderful! We were welcomed by the warm and friendly staff and made to feel like we were the only ones there; of course we weren't but it was a good feeling. The onsen was amazing, and I was fortunate enough to have it all to myself for a good twenty minutes. The luxury toiletries and the tea setup in the room made our stay that extra special.
If you have the chef's dinner, please note that some of the foods are definitely not for a Western palate but be adventurous!

Room tip: Higher floors have the best views.
Date of stay: September 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank K S
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Reviewed May 18, 2018 via mobile

Hanamurasaki is a nice hotel in Kaga onsen town. It’s bigger than I expected but when you’re staying there, you don’t feel it’s as big as it is.

The room is very spacious and there is a permanent “lounge” area so you don’t have to sit on the tatami in the afternoons if you prefer not to.

The dinner and breakfast kaiseiki that comes with the package is astounding. They really put so much effort on each dish that you just feel obliged to eat them all... not that they’re not nice. On the contrary, they’re very nice (mostly). The ambience at the dining area is also very nice.

While staying here, you should try to experience the onsen. It’s not fully outdoor - it’s at the terrace - but it’s still nice. It will probably be quite an experience in winter.

Service is very professional and they try their best to accommodate guests.

In terms of location, it’s at the start of the pathway that leads to other interesting places along the river.

If you’re in Kaga, Hanamurasaki is a Japanese Hotel you’d want to consider.

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 4, 2018

This is a truely ryokan experience. After i got off from the train station there are someone (sorry forgot the name) waiting with the hotel sign and ready to pick you up with a smile. The staff are all professional and kind. The food are very good and fresh. However i think eating in the restaurant is better than in the room. The public bath are clean and nice even it's not large but perfect for the size of the hotel. There are also a free plum jelly.
WIFI is super fast:)

Date of stay: April 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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