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

Kinrande Experience
— The Tradition in Your Hands

At Kinzan Kutaniyaki kiln
2.5 hours (including lunch & transfer time, one way 30 min by taxi)
¥16,500 per person

Gold and colour: learn how to master them in creating unique Kutaniyaki porcelain at one of the kilns that has excelled in this art, Kinzangama Kiln, founded and run by the Yoshita family since 1906. Meet the artists and artisans that design and realize stunning tableware, look at their techniques and learn how to apply gold leaf to colourful Kutaniyaki porcelain objects using professional tools. Let traditional techniques and patterns fuel your creativity while making your own piece, and feel the tradition being alive in your hands.

The price for the international guests includes a special brochure in English.

Tea Ceremony
— Welcome by the Ryokan Owner

At Beniya Mukayu
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.

Chashaku (tea spoon) Making Experience
— Craft a Unique Tool for Enriching Your Tea Time

At Beniya Mukayu
1.5 hours
16,500 yen / per person

The bamboo Chashaku used in Japanese tea ceremony was originally whittled down by the tea masters themselves for each meeting that is to be considered as Ichigo-Ichie, ‘once-in-a-lifetime’.
With bamboo materials such as rough-curved one for Chashaku and one for Tomo-Dutsu ‘small container for Chashaku’, first decide the shape of your Chashaku. Adjust its essential parts such as Kaisaki ‘paddle for scooping’ and Kiridome ‘bottom edge’ using a small knife according to your taste. Finally, write the name of Chashaku and the author’s name in ink with writing brush. Please enjoy making tea with your own Chashaku, combining it with other tea things of your choice.

Flower Appreciation and Arrangement
— Mukayu’s Aesthetics and Zen

At Beniya Mukayu
1 hour
13,200 yen / per person

We share an enjoyable time to cherish nature and seasonal flowers. In the front garden, the approach, and the mountain garden of Beniya Mukayu, you will see a variety of plants in their natural state: buds, blossoms, and fruits. Take a stroll with our landlady or staff members to find your favorite plants. Pick your favorite ones, take them back, and arrange them in a vase with your own hands. Our style is rooted in Japanese tea ceremony; the flowers are arranged as naturally as if they were in the field. The flowers you arranged will be placed in your room for you to enjoy.

Hakusan Medicinal Herbal Ball Making Experience
— Your Handmade Wellness

At Beniya Mukayu
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

At Beniya Mukayu
1 hour
¥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 (, 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.

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.

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

◎ Excluding transportation fee

◎ Advance reservation (7 days) required

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

◎ Tours start at 10:00~

◎ Duration 1.0 – 5 hours