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Celebrated Meiji Era novelist Izumi Kyōka sets his stage in the long-established ryokan outside of Hokuriku Kanazawa

We feel there are important distinctions to separate Kanazawa Tatsunokuchi Onsen Matsusaki and the Hokuriku Kaga Onsen located in the suburbs of Kanazawa (Yamashiro, Yamanaka, Katayamazu and Awazu Onsens) and Wakura hot spring in Noto Peninsula. Matsusaki is characterized by its long traditions of elegence, understatement and natural wonder. Matsusaki in the Edo Period serves as the setting for Meiji era writer Izumi Kyoka's novel. More recently, the onsen has undergone two major reforms with the addition of the large bathhouse by the new building, new open-air baths, and enhanced facilities such as the addition of open-air baths to some rooms. Matsusaki is also the closest hot spring to Komatsu Airport, providing convenient access to tourist destinations in Kanazawa, Tokyo, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Okinawa. The source of the onsen is under the garden; a smooth-type hot spring which is most effective for the promotion of good health.


Established in 7th Year Tempō (1836 A.D.)

In the 8th century Nara era, the monk Taicho climbed Mount Haku and established a shrine. He also opened Tatsunokuchi hot spring. Since then it has been visited by countless individuals for the healing of their wounds. Although the source ceased to flow for a time (when it was buried in the flood of Tedorigawa during the Muromachi era) the founder of our inn Jin Shirō re-escavated the source in the late Edo Period, in 1836. The history of Tatsunokuchi onsen would begin again. It may be curious to note that records state that prior to checking-in, guests intending to stay at Matsusaki would routinely change into their best clothes right in front of the inn, to be in accordance with its strict rules of propriety. Over the years we have continued to receive many honored guests from near and far.


The ryokan of Izumi Kyōka’s novels

Kyoka Izumi is known as a representive Meiji era novelist. Born in Kanazawa, Kyoka lost his mother at an early age and was frequently taken in by his beloved aunt in Tatsunokuchi hot spring. He observed the haunting elegance and the highly polished female sensibilities of the geikos working there. Kyoka wrote “Umi no Naru Toki” (The Time the Sea Rang), set in Matsusaki Ryokan, while staying there. It can be said that his experiences in the inn gave spark to the novelist in the young man. Please do see Kyoka’s own prized ink well and a haiku written by the author’s hand in this ryokan.


The beauty of the Japanese landscape gardens and the Pine Springs Pond “Shōsenko” is woven in the changing of the four seasons

We are the keepers of a lush garden to help us welcome our guests to the inn. A passageway leads arriving visitors over the pond we call Shōsenko, where Nature’s welcome party plays. Koi (Japanese carp) swim in languid circles while white heron, egret, chirping kingfishers and migratory birds rest their wings on the tree-lined banks. The cherry blossoms in spring, in summer the ka ren (water lily) and lotus flowers bloom. In autumn, the beauty of the changing leaves is followed by the serene quiet of winter’s snow cover. Please feel free to take a walk here after your bath in in the cool of the evening, or before or after breakfast.