“An empty room will be filled with light because of its emptiness.” These are the words of the famous Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi, who lived 2,300 years ago. His words signify that a mind entirely free of everything exists in a place of nothing ─ a place belonging to nowhere.
“MUKAYU” is also a word from Zhuangzi, meaning “non-existence”, “non-purpose” or “the natural state as it is”, which he uses in an essay as “MUKAYU country”.
In “MUKAYU country”, the values of people are overturned. Things considered useless are instead regarded as possessing great value.Take for example a large tree standing beside a road.
Because the tree is bent and twisted, it is of no use for timber and so is left uncut. And because it has grown so tall, it is able to give pleasant shade to weary travelers on the road.
Consider the time that remains as empty space in a busy schedule book. It is in fact time filled with freedom, because it is empty. It is the peace of mind found in the shade of a large tree that had initially appeared useless. Such are the thoughts and feelings that reside in the name of this inn, “MUKAYU”.
Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama | Architect
Beniya Mukayu has 16 spacious rooms with serene and peaceful atmosphere. All the rooms are facing to the private Japanese garden where the trees are enjoying their freedom to stretch out.
The windows of every guest room are widely open towards the garden to invite nature to pour inside. The guests are encouraged to tune themselves into the rhythms of nature.
All the rooms feature a private open-air hot spring bath overlooking the garden, allowing a soak in onsen at any time you like and as long as you want.
Japanese Premier Tatami Garden View
Every Japanese Premier Tatami Garden View room has a bamboo veranda that leads to the wooden outdoor balcony with clear views into an authentic Japanese garden.
An authentically arranged Japanese rooms focus on the interaction with nature. Traditional materials such as tatami flooring, Japanese paper, bamboo and clay are carefully layered and transformed into a more contemporary design.
Western Premier Garden View
Pure Western luxury overlooking the authentic Japanese moss garden below. Featuring a balcony with skylight and hammock, comfortable sofa for relaxing and private open-air hot spring bath composing into a private retreat experience.
Zen Style Executive Suite
These luxury suites offer the best of both styles of authentic Japanese style room and cozy Western style bedroom, facing to the natural garden where the trees such as pine, mountain sakura, weeping sakura, maples, camellias and other trees spread their branches.
Wakamurasaki Suite is a 110 square meters of unrivalled space with a view of cherry blossom in spring, vibrant greens in Summer, colored leaves in Autumn and falling snow in Winter.
Featuring floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that can be opened widely into the garden, you may admire the mountain cherry that is over 100 years old right in front of you with cherry blossom petals in the spring and colored leaves in the autumn fluttering into the suite.
Byakuroku Terrace Suite
Byakuroku Terrace Suite features a secluded private open-air hot spring bath and a large wooden terrace stretching in hand-reaching distance into the natural garden.
It is the perfect place to escape from everyday life while cleansing and rejuvenating your mind. The study inserted in between the bath and terrace is a space for creative imagination or meditative thought coming from a refreshed mind.
Beniya Mukayu is perched on the hillside of Yakushiyama-Healing Buddha’s Mountain regarded as a sacred place of Hakusan Mountain worship. There used to be a historic Yakuoin Temple where monks studied Buddhist scriptures.
At the same time, it was a sacred place for healing, where the monks cured people by providing hot spring baths and preparing medicinal herbs.
In accordance with the history, we provide the Library to study or read books, the big communal bath to enjoy hot spring, a serene space named Horin like temple and Spa Entei to offer modernized healing treatment using hot spring water and medicinal herbs.
A hot spring inn situated peacefully at the end of a narrow slope continued from Yamashiro Onsen Town. Guests are welcomed at the entrance by abundant greenery and lead to the lobby that embraces the beautiful contrasts of light-and-shade then reaching the private natural Japanese garden.
Private Natural Japanese Garden
The sacred 300-year-old Akamatsu Red Pine tree is the symbol tree of the natural garden. Large trees such as mountain cherry trees, weeping cherry trees, maple trees, camellia trees and many others spread their branches freely, reflecting to the audiences the passage of the seasons.
One of the pleasures of the garden walk is admiring the variety of mosses at your feet. There is also a tea room “Eirakuan” related to Eiraku Wazen.
The anterior area is a space full of light with white in fundamental theme, allowing one to appreciate trees and flowers in the garden. In the rear is a black-toned calm space with bookshelves fitting for a quiet study session.
You can find the books written by authors related to this area alongside art books, botanical illustrations and so on.
Communal Hot Spring Baths
The Indoor and outdoor communal hot spring baths with a hot sauna are available for all guests, separated between gentlemen and ladies.
Boasting more than 1300 years history, the source of renowned Yamashiro-Onsen contains high concentration of Calcium, Sodium and Sulfate that not only improves blood circulation and soothes fatigue by thermal effects, but also to help improve physical and dermatology condition with rich minerals.
Moreover, it increases the skin’s elasticity, giving the skin a silky and smooth texture.
“Kaiseki Horin” is a fine dining with a forest of 25 pillars overlooking the natural garden and the spacious terrace. The “Rin” in the word “Horin” means “together” which signifies it as a place where people come together and sense new things. Dinner and breakfast are served here. Yoga session is also available in the morning.
Spa Entei and Tsukubai “Ho-sun”
Entei has a large round pond with a sculpture “Tsukubai Ho-sun” designed by Kenya Hara (Published in 2005 at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Relocated in 2006 at Beniya Mukayu).
Here we have the “Spa Entei” which is inspired by Yakushiyama “Healing Buddha’s Mountain”, a healing spot with more than a thousand-year history in which the monks in the temples cured people using hot springs and medicinal herbs. In homage to this heritage, we have conceived our signature Yakushiyama treatment encouraging peace and serenity in both physical and spiritual way.
‘Kaiseki Horin’ is a fine dining with the spacious terrace, overlooking the natural garden where red pines, quinces, wild cherries, camelias, maples and other trees grow freely, you can on good occasions enjoy an aperitif on the terrace.
Our chef Hiroaki Kaku chooses the finest ingredients with great care from a wide range of food products from our region. Savor the tastes of our fresh seasonal courses crafted by our chef for the guests’ delight.
The distinctive feature of Kaga City from the point of view of natural environment is that the two rivers (Daisyouji River and Iburibashi River) run from the source into the Sea only through Kaga city without touching any other cities.
The rivers flow from the Mt. Dainichi which is 1368m above sea level. As the distance between the source and estuaries are short, Kaga city contains various ecosystems (forests, primeval forests, semi-primary forests, lakes, rivers, wetlands, paddy fields, etc.).
Various ecosystems lead to biodiversity proved by the fact that 11 species of raptors (often used as biodiversity indicators) are found within Kaga City, which accounts to 70% of birds of prey species observed throughout the country.
The various ecosystems and biodiversity lead also to a variety of fresh ingredients from the mountain, lakes and the Sea of Japan.
Spring quality: Calcium, Sodium, Sulfate Hot
Spring Water. Guests begin their treatments after soaking in hot spring water to enhance the treatment effects.We also offer a hot spring-footbath after the treatments with curative herbs from Hakusan Mountain and inidually selected medicinal herbs.
Hot spring water has benefits such as body warming, hydrostatic pressure, buoyancy and pharmacological.“Warming effect” brings the heat to the body, and improves the blood/lymphatic circulation and metabolism.
Moreover, body wastes or toxins can be removed. “Hydrostatic pressure” causes blood vessels to contract, and sluggish circulation around the foot can be eased by pushing up the blood.
The rate of breathing and the cardiopulmonary function will be also increased by pressing the diaphragm and lungs. “Buoyancy effect” alleviates the pressure in the muscles and joints, and the body will be released from tension.
Regarding “pharmacological” the spring quality is Calcium, Sodium, Sulfate Hot Spring, known as “Spring water for beautiful skin”. It is believed to be effective for neuralgia, muscle pains/aches, joint pains, stiff shoulders, fluid retention in the joints, bruise, sprain, chronic digestive diseases, hemorrhoids, sensitivity to cold, convalescence stage, fatigue recovery and health improvement.
Yakushiyama and Entei Spa
The Yamashiro hot spring has been nurtured in a close relationship with “Hakusan (White Mountain),” a sacred mountain in the area. In the Heian period (about 1,000 years ago), the five Hakusan temples were completed, which came to play a central role in people’s beliefs in Hakusan.
The Yakuoin Onsenji temple in Yamashiro thrived as the main temple among the five Hakusan Temples. The area around Yakuoin Onsenji used to be called “Yakushiyama (Healing Buddha’s Mountain)” for its high spirituality, which was a place for training and learning for Buddhist monks, and at the same time, a place for healing, where the monks cured people by providing hot spring baths and preparing medicinal herbs.
Beniya Mukayu is a hot-spring hotel quietly standing on a hill of this sacred Yakushiyama, where the main hall of Yakuouin Onsenji was once located.
At our “Entei spa”, we provide “Yakushiyama treatment” and other treatments for mental and physical health care using hot spring water and medicinal herbs, inheriting the spirit of traditional Yakushiyama hot spring and herbal remedies provided by local monks.
Yamashiro Hotspring and Yakushiyama
— Healing Buddha’s Mountain
The Yamashiro hot spring has been nurtured in a close relationship with “Hakusan (White Mountain),” a sacred mountain in the area. In the Heian period (about 1,000 years ago), the Hakusan Five Temples were completed, which came to play central roles in people’s beliefs in Hakusan.
The Five Temples were placed at equal distances, and beyond them, people would admire Gozengamine, the highest peak of Hakusan. Yakuoin Onsenji, the principal one among the Five Temples, used to have several hundred branch temples.
It is historically known that the area around Yakuoin Onsenji used to be called “Yakushiyama (Healing Buddha’s Mountain)” for its high spirituality, which was a place for training and learning for Buddhist monks, and at the same time, a place for healing, where the monks cured people by providing hot spring baths and preparing medicinal herbs.
Beniya Mukayu is a hot-spring hotel quietly standing on a hill of this sacred Yakushiyama, on the site where the main hall of Yakuoin Onsenji was once located. At our “Entei” spa, we provide Yakushiyama treatments, which are premium mental and physical health care services using hot spring water and medicinal herbs, inheriting the spirit of traditional Yakushiyama hot spring and herbal remedies provided by local monks.
Furthermore, we wanted to commit to developing Mukayu’s original amenity items that reflect the spirit of Yakushiyama, and in collaboration with Dr. Yoon Soung Choi, a prominent bio-chemist with great skill, we have accomplished the Yakushiyama amenity line.
It contains minerals of the Yamashiro hot spring and various kinds of carefully selected natural ingredients. This is the amenity line of best quality we present with our whole heart.
Philosophy of Yakushiyama Amenities
For keeping healthy and beautiful conditions of hair, scalp and skin, it is vital to enhance the power of skin itself by activating its nearly one trillion indigenous bacteria (beneficial bacteria) and cells.
For this purpose, Yakushiyama avoided any synthesized ingredients that may reduce skin’s power and cause negative effects on it, and at the same time, generously and lavishly added, to the utmost, natural ingredients that give positive effects on cells.
Natural ingredients hold marvelous power, and good combinations of two or more ingredients can multiply their effects. For analyzing such natural mechanisms from a complex point of view and raising the power of integration, leading-edge biotechnology is fully utilized so that the maximum effects shall be induced.
The Yakushiyama Amenity is a skin-care line, in which, natural ingredients and cutting-edge technology are amalgamated.
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Our town Yamashiro Onsen was written as “山背温泉” in the old days, meaning ‘a land of rushing hot springs backed by the mountain.’ This Mountain refers to the sacred Mt. Hakusan.
The clear water from Mt. Hakusan forms a wealthy natural environment that nurtures the ancient beech forests alongside various animals and plants.
Those living here with the natural treasury inherit “food”, “crafts” and “culture” for generations; rice, sake, soy sauce, agriculture, fishery, Kutani potterly, Yamanaka lacquer, Japanese paper and so on…
These support the daily lives of local people and at the same time Beniya Mukayu’s hospitality. We have prepared a variety of experiences unique to Beniya Mukayu, in which you might get to know more about people’s livelihood with nature in the area of Kaga.