Kanazawa’s number one attraction, ranked by the Japanese as one of the top three gardens in Japan, is a must-see for any visitor to Kanazawa.
Sai No Niwa
Housed in a modern building 15 - 20 minutes away from the station on foot, the Sai No Niwa Hotel offers Western and semi-Western rooms with en suite bathrooms and a range of modern amenities, including TVs, wifi access and individual temperature controls. On-site facilities include a restaurant serving a buffet breakfast (with helpful cards for those with allergies), gym, large communal bath with views of the pristine gardens, a tea lounge and bicycle hire, which is a good way of exploring the area and accessing public transport for sightseeing.
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The rooms are all very minimalist in their design, using Japanese efficiency to maximize space through sliding doors and sleek furniture. The light woods used add to the airiness of the rooms too. All the deluxe rooms have raised tatami floors that can act as rest space or for those needing to accommodate more guests, for futon.
The hotel offers a shuttle bus to and from Kanazawa station (West Exit) every 40 minutes from 9am-9pm (from 7am from hotel). This is also helpful for traveling to the station from the hotel for sightseeing.
Food and drink
The Sai No Niwa Hotel serves breakfast only. The buffet serves both Japanese and Western dishes with selection of made to order entrees also available.
Facilities and activities
The public baths, using water from Mount Hakusan, all have garden views in keeping with the name of the property, Niwa, to mean garden. There is a small fitness center for the active or lounge and library areas for the more sedate, again all overlooking the gardens. You can of course cogitate and contemplate in said gardens or make use of the rental bikes to head around town.
Despite being a little away from the main area of town, the principal plus point are the serene and tranquil gardens. A complimentary shuttle bus makes getting to town easy enough.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.