Discover local Japan
with our Unique Experiences.

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.

List of Experiences

Hakusan Medicinal Herbal Ball Making Experience
— Your Handmade Wellness

1.5 hours
¥13,200 per person

With the assistance of the therapists of our Spa Entei you will learn how to make your own herbal balls using medicinal herbs native to the Mt. Hakusan. You will be able to choose your favorite ones from a selection of wild seasonal herbs, wrap them in cotton cloth and steam them in hot spring water from Yamashiro Onsen. After enjoying a refreshing cup of herbal tea of the therapists’ choice, you will be given some tips on how to use the steamed ball for massage on your own. You can take your herbal ball with you for the use back at home.

Tea Ceremony by the Ryokan Owner

20 min
¥1,100 per person

Japanese culture is highlighted through the tea ceremony. At Beniya Mukayu the tea ceremony is offered to the guests by the owner himself, Mr. Nakamichi. Enjoy the bowl of tea and the conversations with the owner.

※Due to countermeasures against the new coronavirus infection, the event is now temporarily suspended.

Hakusan Medicinal Herbal Ball Making Experience
— Your Handmade Wellness

1.5 hours
¥13,200 per person

With the assistance of the therapists of our Spa Entei you will learn how to make your own herbal balls using medicinal herbs native to the Mt. Hakusan. You will be able to choose your favorite ones from a selection of wild seasonal herbs, wrap them in cotton cloth and steam them in hot spring water from Yamashiro Onsen. After enjoying a refreshing cup of herbal tea of the therapists’ choice, you will be given some tips on how to use the steamed ball for massage on your own. You can take your herbal ball with you for the use back at home.

Moss Terrarium Making Experience
— Your Jar-sized Garden

1 hours
¥13,200 per person

The Japanese people seem to have a unique sense of beauty, in which moss itself is recognized as an object of appreciation. Moss has been written in poetry since the period of the oldest anthology ‘Manyo-Shu’(~759 A.D.) and is now even a part of the national anthem. In the mountain garden of Beniya Mukayu, green mosses are esteemed highly and regarded as being important as the hundreds-years-old pine trees and the seasonal flowers. In this workshop, you will put mosses in a jar and make your own small garden. You can choose your favorite ones from a variety of mosses to plant. The jar we use is Sonnenglas Mini (https://sonnenglas.net/), which is gently lit by a small LED light. Take your moss terrarium home with you and place it anywhere in the room you think fit. Our staff will also advise you on its maintenance.

※There would be a plant quarantine at airport both in Japan and in your country.

Japanese Natural Lacquer URUSHI Experience
— Discover the Traditional Art

3 hours ~
¥22,000 per person

Urushi lacquer is made using natural extracted sap and it has been used and appreciated since ancient times. You will paint a Japanese traditional fan Uchiwa with colorful urushi paints using a paintbrush, you will be guided by Yukiko Futakuchi and Yuki Mori who studied under Tomizo Saratani that is a world renowned urushi artist. Create your own original fan and bring it as a memory of Japanese culture.

※During this experience you will use urushi lacquer that naturally contains urushiol. Please be aware that in some cases urushiol may cause an allergic skin rash on contact.

Kimono Wearing Experience
— Dress like a Japanese

2 hours
¥18,700 per person

Kimono is the traditional clothing of Japanese people. In modern day Japan, it is worn during special occasions such as weddings, tea ceremonies and formal traditional events. Here at Beniya Mukayu, join a local kimono shop owner who will instruct you in the essentials of Japanese “kimono” dressing, how it should be worn and how to use it in an authentic Japanese style before choosing a beautiful Kimono of your choice. The kimono shop owner will take pictures of you in some iconic places in Yamashiro Onsen: a nice memory to take home.

About Booking

Beniya Mukayu’s English speaking staff can guide activities on site or take you to a local unique experience & access to discover the real Japan by family spirit. For full terms and conditions regarding the tours please contact us by mail.

beniya@mukayu.com

◎ Tours available for at least 2 night stay guests (min. 2 people)

◎ Prices start from ¥11,000

◎ Excluding transportation fee(Japanese sales tax included)

◎ Advance reservation (7 days) required

◎ Cancellation 1 day prior 30% charged, on the day 50% charged

◎ Tours start at 11:30

◎ Duration 1.5 – 5 hours