13, Matsunoyama Yumoto, Tokamachi-shi, Niigata
Tamakiya is a modern-style ryokan located on the main street of Matsunoyama Onsen in Niigata Prefecture. The big draw here is the dining room which has been awarded a Michelin star and where guests are attended to by a world-class sake master and sommelier.
Local Cuisine from a Michelin-starred Kitchen
You could almost describe Tamakiya as an amazing restaurant that also has rooms attached. The chef has a top pedigree working in a leading French dining restaurant in Tokyo. The kitchen sources traditional local ingredients (and it is not uncommon for the chef himself to be out foraging) but uses them with a French-inspired twist. This fusion cuisine blending old and new, French and Japanese has been highly praised and is a real treat for any food lover.
A Masterclass in Sake or Wine Pairing
The owner of Tamakiya is a top level sake master and for the full experience you should make the most of his knowledge by ordering the tasting menu that pairs sake or wine with the different courses. The sake option is the most popular, and is not just a different glass with each course. Until you have tried this experience you may not realise just how involved the world of sake can become, and of course, the added enjoyment brought out in the food makes it all the more worthwhile.
Explore the life and culture of Yukiguni through one of the unique local experiences available.
The Ideal Marriage of Sake and Fine Dining
The sake pairing course is an amazing introduction to the fascinating world of Japanese sake. The accompaniment chosen for each dish brings out the best in the food but there are also subtle adjustments that can be made, such as the shape or material of the cup, the way it is served, or certain additions like herbs or spices, that can also enhance the flavor. The pair of sake masters that work the floor are constantly reassessing their recommendations, and even if you stay multiple nights you are guaranteed new and eye-opening experiences. This is regional fine dining at its best.
From the moment you enter Tamakiya it is obvious that a great deal of care has gone into the design and decor. The rooms have been recently renovated to continue this style throughout. As you would expect from a ryokan in Matsunoyama Onsen, the hot spring water comes from the famous source that makes this town one of the top three curative hot springs in Japan.
Stylish Modern Rooms
Since the running of Tamakiya has passed down to the next generation the whole place has been undergoing a gradual facelift and the rooms have received a stylish renovation. The choice of materials and attention to detail is impressive, and a comfortable stay awaits in the bright, modern rooms.
The Famous Curative Hot Spring Waters of Matsunoyama Onsen
Tamakiya’s water comes from the nationally renowned spring that is known for its healing properties. The ryokan has its main baths, but the rooms have also been getting private outdoor baths as part of the renovations - the perfect place to laze about and enjoy the countryside scenery as you anticipate your next meal.
A Hearty Countryside-style Japanese Breakfast
The kitchen teams for breakfast and dinner service are completely different. The dinner service is the full course French inspired cuisine while breakfast is a more traditional Japanese affair. The ingredients used are often the same but prepared in different ways which makes for an interesting comparison. It is healthy, local, and seasonal so a fantastic way to start your day. A popular part of the breakfast are the five different types of drink that come with it creating a colorful display. The breakfast is a large spread so prepare to be impressed.
Colorful yukatas are available in the lobby. It is part of the traditon of a stay in an onsen ryokan to dress in a yukata and stroll the streets in wooden sandals in the evening
Tamakiya also commission their own label sakes which are available for purchase. They bear the name of their sister bistro which is also located in Matsunoyama Onsen called Kamosu Mori.