6 Best Hotels in Kanazawa, The Japan Alps and the North Chubu Coast

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

$$$ | 2--15--1 Hon-machi, Kanazawa, 920-0853, Japan

This 30-story hotel's exotic lobby is more reminiscent of Singapore than Japan, with tropical plants, cherry-oak slatted doors, and colonial-style furniture. A winding staircase curls around a bubbling pond in the middle of the lobby and leads to a brasserie called Garden House, which serves wonderful coffee and cake. The colorful top-floor lounge, Le Grand Chariot, has panoramic views over Kanazawa, French cuisine, and soft piano music. Guest rooms begin at the 17th floor, and the Western-style ones are decorated with creamy pastels and blond-wood furnishings and have striking views of the sea, city, or mountains. An underground passageway connects the hotel to the JR Station.

Pros

  • Near the train station
  • Spacious rooms
  • Great views

Cons

  • It's a long walk to Kata-machi's sights and nightlife
  • Better value dining options elsewhere
  • Too conservative for some
2--15--1 Hon-machi, Kanazawa, 920-0853, Japan
076-234–1111
hotel Details
254 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hyatt Centric Kanazawa

$$$ | 1--5--2 Hirooka, Kanazawa, 920-0031, Japan

Opened next to Kanazawa Station in 2020, the Hyatt Centric delivers stylish rooms and common areas, but with deliberately trimmed back facilities in an attempt to keep fees down. The rooms and suites are all spacious, combining natural tones and natural lighting with the occasional bold motif and modern amenities. There's a chic rooftop bar, plus a cafe and grill that serves a Western-style buffet breakfast. Unlike some of Kanazawa's older accommodation, the Centric also has an accessible room available. Next door, you'll find another new property, Hyatt House, better geared toward longer stays and families.

Pros

  • Friendly, multilingual staff
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Fresh, fashionable design and vibe

Cons

  • Station area is removed from the main sights and nightlife
  • Minimal facilities, by design, which won't appeal to everyone
  • Not geared towards families
1--5--2 Hirooka, Kanazawa, 920-0031, Japan
076-256--1234
hotel Details
253 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Kanazawa New Grand Hotel

$$$$ | 4--1 Minami-cho, Kanazawa, 920-0864, Japan

Stepping into this hotel's sleek black-and-cream marble lobby is a refreshing break from the dreary concrete of the city's main drag. From the lounge and restaurant you get a great view of Oyama Shrine, especially at sunset. The spacious rooms, though far from new, are done in white-and-beige tones, and have sofas. Japanese-style rooms are slightly larger, but furnishings are spare. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from the train station, if you head down Eki-mae-dori and take a right on Hikoso-odori.

Pros

  • Lovely views
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant serves excellent French cuisine

Cons

  • Few interesting places in the immediate vicinity
  • Rooms could use an update, especially given the price
  • Can be busy with weddings
4--1 Minami-cho, Kanazawa, 920-0864, Japan
076-233–1311
hotel Details
104 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Nakayasu Ryokan

$$ | 1--10--31 Owari-cho, Kanazawa, 920-0902, Japan

Just north of Kenroku Garden, this family-run ryokan dates from 1920, going out of their way to welcome foreign travelers and providing sound travel advice on Kanazawa and the surrounding region. Paying a few thousand yen extra for breakfast and dinner is good value; the in-house chef buys fresh local ingredients daily from the market, and you can choose between Japanese and Western breakfasts. The rooms are simple but spotlessly clean, and (as well as most rooms having private baths) there are big communal baths ideal for a long soak.

Pros

  • Dinner and breakfast use local ingredients
  • Spotless rooms
  • Free bicycles

Cons

  • Some rooms have shared baths
  • Tired-looking lobby
  • Few amenities and facilities
1--10--31 Owari-cho, Kanazawa, 920-0902, Japan
076-2321--3128
hotel Details
21 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Ryokan Asadaya

$$$$ | 23 Jikken-machi, Kanazawa, 920-0906, Japan

Established during the Meiji Restoration (1867), this small ryokan is the most lavish lodging in Kanazawa, and guests come from all over Japan as much for the food (breakfast and dinner are included in the rate) as for the stay. The interior blends traditional elegance with innovative designs—a perfect metaphor for the age of Japan's transition into modernity. Antique furnishings and exquisite scrolls and paintings appear throughout the inn. Superb regional Kaga cuisine is served in your room or in the restaurant.

Pros

  • Historic property
  • Elegant furnishings
  • Great meals

Cons

  • Extraordinarily expensive
  • A bit far from downtown
  • No credit cards accepted despite the high cost
23 Jikken-machi, Kanazawa, 920-0906, Japan
076-232–2228
hotel Details
5 rooms
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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Yogetsu

$ | 1-13-22 Higashiyama, Kanazawa, 920-0831, Japan

In a century-old geisha house in the Eastern Pleasure Quarter, Yogetsu is a small, stylish minshuku. The owner is a welcoming hostess and keeps a neat shared bath. The guest rooms are small and sparsely furnished, but rustic exposed beams add character. Only the second-floor rooms are air-conditioned. A traditional Japanese-style breakfast is included, but the owner is happy to adapt to Western tastes.

Pros

  • Quiet location
  • Charming atmosphere
  • Lovely owner

Cons

  • Fewer amenities than major hotels
  • Not much English spoken
  • Shared bathing facilities
1-13-22 Higashiyama, Kanazawa, 920-0831, Japan
076-252–0497
hotel Details
5 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, No credit cards

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