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56-2 Kasuga, Toyama 939-2224 Toyama Prefecture
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#2 of 71 hotels in Toyama
we've been awarded "four red pavilion, the best comfort hotel" by the Michelin Guide 2016 Toyama • Ishikawa. River Retreat Garaku is a luxury boutique hotel situated on the Jinzu ("Path of the Gods") River in the forested foothills of the Northern Japan Alps. In this sublime setting outside central Toyama City you are enveloped in the unique Japanese aesthetic of nature and art, all within a modern architectural masterpiece. Ever present views of the timeless hills and river are brought through dramatic windows into the lobby, restaurants and guest rooms, which are filled with stunning sight lines, quiet spaces and exquisite art. The spring fed baths, cedar tubs, and colors of traditional Japan are paired with more than 300 pieces of contemporary Japanese art from the owner's extraordinary collection. With only 25 very spacious rooms and suites, each with a different decor, large common spaces, multiple onsen (spa) and aromatherapy facilities, and two exceptional restaurants with traditional Japanese and French/Japanese fusion cuisines, Garaku emphasizes personal attention, relaxation and privacy. L'evo or Evolution is the new nouvelle cuisine French/Japanese fusion restaurant at Garaku where the world class seafood of Toyama Bay and local mountain vegetables are brilliantly combined for a total culinary and aesthetic experience. At Garaku's Japanese restaurant Rakumi ("Enjoy the Taste") you can experience the best of washoku, the traditional Japanese cuisine UNESCO has designated a world cultural asset. Here the chef blends Kanto (Tokyo) and Kansai (Osaka) styles in delectable presentations of elegant simplicity where every ingredient can be savored. Whether you are looking for a memorable experience away from the pressures of the city, want to avoid the rule bound atmosphere of a traditional ryokan or want a romantic getaway, Garaku invites you to come, be pampered, and relax. Imagine visiting the amazing home of a serious art collector where your every wish is granted. This is Garaku. Garaku is conveniently located 20 minutes from the Toyama Airport, 30 minutes from the Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) at Toyama Station, or one hour from Kanazawa Station.
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56-2 Kasuga, Toyama 939-2224 Toyama Prefecture
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David T wrote a review Feb 2020
Tokyo, Japan9 contributions4 helpful votes
Built along a narrow reservoir is a quiet hotel-style inn. Architecture is unfinished concrete exterior/interior (like Ando Tadao style). Lots of original art, including many top Japanese artists. Unbelievable stereo in the lobby lounge... Nice onsen indoor/outdoor communal Japanese bath. Spa with heated rock bed. Choice from Japanese or French dining, both highly rated in the region. Quiet area. A nice place to relax for adults. Will likely visit again when in the Toyama area.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
john c wrote a review Oct 2019
Singapore, Singapore1328 contributions122 helpful votes
Very relaxing quiet place. Ideal to just, sit, eat and view and do nothing. Surrounded by greenery and cosy ambience. Building from outside is rather grey and concrete feeling. But inside the atmosphere is nice. Didn’t see guests until breakfast next day and few families with young children. Mostly ladies here for quiet visit. Good food and service.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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S4542YGvisitor wrote a review Jan 2019
156 contributions89 helpful votes
Located outer-skirt of Toyama city, this hotel is sitting along side a quiet river of The Jinzu. Not a convenient place for train travelers, so better go by car (taxi, rent-a-car, etc.). Some rooms have private bath-tubs (some have hot spring in it), in addition to the big hot spring bath facilities. There are some restaurants inside: French, Japanese, and a cafe (with a souvenir shop). Beautiful in winter especially when covered by snow. Not very reasonable, but if you can, choose this hotel for a luxurious 2-day experience.
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Happyholidays wrote a review Nov 2018
Toronto, Canada114 contributions59 helpful votes
We’ve stayed at a number of onsen hotels and ryokans over the years and this is one of the best. We had a small incident with our rental car and the staff went above and beyond their call of duty to help us resolve it. One gets used to high service standards in Japan but the staff here takes it to another level. The hotel design is excellent and well thought out. The only reason why I wouldn’t say it is “the best“ is that their Japanese restaurant serves modern Japanese style meals. (We didn’t try the French restaurant.) By modern Japanese style, I mean the food is beautifully presented with some fusion/creative twists. It’s a matter of personal taste but we like traditional Japanese dinners at ryokans with a lot of fresh seafood and nabe/shabu shabu meat dishes. Japanese style breakfast was amazing though. Overall, nothing to fault River Retreat Garaku. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again if I’m in the region.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from matsumiyafumihiro, 支配人 at River Retreat Garaku
Responded 5 Nov 2018
Dear Holidaymoody san Thank you for staying River Retreat Garaku. And we also appreciate to you posting your feedback and review. We were surprised at the accident, but I was relieved that you were not injured. Also,thank you for your comments on Japanese restaurant. I will show your comments to the chef and discuss. We hope that you will be continue to stay at our hotel when you will be visit Japan again. Thank you. Sincerely,
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CarpLampsons wrote a review Aug 2018
Carpinteria, California16 contributions
A clean, modern hotel, with beautiful amenities, this is a true retreat. Nestled on the river, it is far from town - so dont expect to venture too far from the property. The restaurants are both supremely delicious, yet approachable. This is the kind of place you can hole up in for a few days and let go of your cares.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: A true retreat, peaceful and luxurious
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Response from リバーリトリート雅楽倶, 支配人 at River Retreat Garaku
Responded 4 Sep 2018
Dear CarpLampsons san Thank you for staying River Retreat Garaku. And we also appreciate to you posting your feedback and review. We will use your feedback to make future stays even more enjoyable and comfortable. We hope that you will be continue to stay at our hotel when you will be visit Japan again. Thank you. Sincerely,
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Frequently Asked Questions about River Retreat Garaku
Which popular attractions are close to River Retreat Garaku?
Nearby attractions include Joko-ji Temple (0.5 km) and Sasazu Bridge (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at River Retreat Garaku?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at River Retreat Garaku?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at River Retreat Garaku?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at River Retreat Garaku?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to River Retreat Garaku?
Conveniently located restaurants include Levo, Rakumi, and Cafe Riviere.
Are there opportunities to exercise at River Retreat Garaku?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at River Retreat Garaku?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does River Retreat Garaku offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to River Retreat Garaku?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Toyama Castle (14.7 km), Toyama Gokoku Shrine (14.3 km), and Ruins of Yasuda Castle History Square (13.8 km).
Does River Retreat Garaku have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.