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OMO5 KANAZAWA KATAMACHI BY HOSHINO RESORTS OPENED ON MAY 20 2022 (Japan)

Katamachi is the culinary heart of Kanazawa, a former castle town famed for its wealth of artistic pursuits from tea culture to porcelain, lacquerware, and textile traditions.

OMO5 KANAZAWA KATAMACHI BY HOSHINO RESORTS OPENED ON MAY 20 2022 (Japan)

Katamachi is the culinary heart of Kanazawa, a former castle town famed for its wealth of artistic pursuits from tea culture to porcelain, lacquerware, and textile traditions.

Category: Asia Pacific - Japan - Industry economy - Hotel opening
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2022-05-23


Entrance of hotel, inside the “OMO House” room type

Entrance of hotel, inside the “OMO House” room type
Photo credit © Hoshino Resorts

Gourmet flair shines here, and Katamachi chefs vie for premium ingredients in everything from street food to kaiseki.

Gourmet grazing and lively nightlife

Located near the sea and mountains, Kanazawa offers a wide variety of high-quality ingredients available as staple dishes such as sushi and oden*, as well as in the form of Italian, Chinese, and French cuisine.

In addition, crafts such as Kutani ware and Yamanaka lacquerware, Japanese confectionery, and tea ceremonies have been part of a culture that developed around food since the Edo period and are still part of our daily lives.

In particular, Katamachi, where our hotel is located, is known as the best gourmet town in the Hokuriku region with thousands of restaurants and is loved by a wide range of people, including gourmet connoisseurs, industry professionals, and Kanazawa citizens.

Walk around the quaint back alleys and get in touch with the history of the food culture rich in ingredients or spend your mealtime at must-go restaurants, recommended through our local guide activities.

*Oden: Japanese one-pot dish with various ingredients such as fish cakes, daikon radish, boiled eggs, konjac, etc in broth.

Depending on the region as well as the restaurant, there are variations in the flavor and types of ingredients used. Kanazawa is well known for its oden, which uses soy sauce in the broth.

OMO brand specialty, the Go-KINJO services to enjoy the city to the fullest

OMO considers the city centered around the hotel to be part of the resort and hopes for guests to go out into the city as much as possible.

OMO Rangers will support guests’ trips by sharing knowledge through the Go-KINJO, neighborhood, Map, and our local guide tours of nearby attractions.

OMO Base

The OMO Base, or the travelers’ fun lounge, is a public space that consists of the front desk, OMO Café, library, and the Go-KINJO Map. One of the many ways to use this lounge is to have conversations with friends while enjoying sweets, relax by reading a book, or lounge after dinner with a drink in one hand.

From classic tourist destinations to nearby stores and restaurants, our neighborhood map, the Go-KINJO Map will show guests the numerous possibilities and options within the area.

The stores, restaurants, and sights are all places that our staff has actually been to, sharing only the best of the city.

It is full of information only gourmet connoisseurs, industry professionals, and Kanazawa citizens may be familiar with, making the walk around Kanazawa more fun.

In addition, guests can learn about the cultural heritage building that has been loved by the people of Katamachi for a long time, Kutani ware which is designated as a national traditional craft, a long-established store of Kanazawa lacquerware, and other spots that are essential when talking about food of Katamachi.

Local Guide Activities: Tour to savor Katamachi

A guided tour with jam-packed information to enjoy the gourmet town of Katamachi. The tour consists of learning about the roots of Katamachi’s food culture and the link between food and traditional crafts. During the tour, participants can stop by the stores to interact with the staff.

For example, at a Japanese confectionery store that has been loved by the people of Katamachi for a long time, details of the products and the untold stories behind the scenes are shared and a small confectionery, specifically for this tour, can be enjoyed. Also, items of interest can be bought on the spot so it is recommended for scouting souvenirs.

Restaurants recommended by our OMO Rangers will be visited so that the actual atmosphere of a potential place for dinner can be checked out!

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Price: Complimentary
Capacity: 10 people
Reservation: Required in advance
Others: Purchases from any store require a fee.

Indoor Local Guide Activities: Japanese confectionery workshop

Rakugan is a type of Japanese confectionery characterized by its patterns stamped on its surface and texture, where at first, it is like sugar candy but as it enters the mouth, it turns into a powdery sugar delight!

Nama-rakugan, or “raw” rakugan, is softer compared to ordinary rakugan, and is a traditional confectionery since the Edo period.

We developed this activity in collaboration with Rakugan Moroeya, a long-established Japanese confectionery store in Kanazawa, as an experience of not only eating but also making by hand.

With the guidance of our OMO Ranger, guests can make their own nama-rakugan and decorate the surface using our original stencils. Enjoy this special confectionery workshop and savor your creation with a cup of tea in hand!

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Price: 1,000 JPY
Capacity: 8 people
Reservation: Required in advance

Indoor Local Guide Activities: Tea Tasting Experience

In collaboration with Nodaya Tea store, a nearby long-established tea house, tea tasting of bocha (roasted tea using tea stems) can be experienced.

It is an activity to compare the different kinds of bocha while listening to the explanations on the history of tea in Kanazawa, how to pair bocha with dishes, and how to make delicious tea.

Hojicha is roasted green tea, where tea leaves are most commonly used. In Ishikawa Prefecture, hojicha made using the stems of tea is more common and it is called “bocha” or “bancha.”

The idea of the season is deeply rooted in Japan and for food, having an ingredient during its best season (at its most flavorful or nutritious state) is ideal.

Usually, hojicha is made with second or third season tea leaves, however in Kanazawa, which is said to be the birthplace of hojicha, first season (or “new tea” season) tea leaves are frequently used.

This makes hojicha from Kanazawa to be more fragrant and flavorful. The aromas and taste of tea can be enjoyed with a cup of freshly brewed tea.

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm (hosted 5 times in total, 20 minutes each)
Price: Complimentary
Reservation: Not required

Food & Beverages

Breakfast

For breakfast, the OMO Café serves a breakfast menu where guests can choose their main dish and help themselves to sides such as salads and yogurt.

The main dishes are 5 kinds of risotto and Croque monsieur. One of our recommendations is the risotto of bocha and wheat gluten, which are both familiar foods since the Edo period.

A highly aromatic risotto in which rice is wrapped in yuba (bean curd skin), and broth using boiled bocha and plenty of dashi (Japanese style broth) is poured over. Deep-fried wheat gluten with a sprinkle of rice crackers adds texture to this delightful breakfast.

Time: 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Price: 1,600 JPY
Reservation: Not required

Cafe

After breakfast, the OMO Cafe is available for use as a cafe until night. Using ingredients familiar in Kanazawa, both Japanese and Western-style dishes can be enjoyed.

For example, “Bocha Anmitsu” will be served at the cafe. Anmitsu is a classic Japanese dessert with fruits, red bean paste and black sugar syrup over agar jelly.

OMO5 Kanazawa Katamachi gave it a twist where the agar jelly is made using bocha and the dessert will be finished with bocha syrup. Local craft beer will also be available so make sure to drop by for both a tea time and a bar night!

Time: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Reservation: Not required

Guest Rooms

With a total of 101 rooms, there are 6 room types of varying sizes so that the perfect one can be chosen for the type of journey guests choose. For example, in the OMO House, guests can stay like locals, where a kitchen is furnished in the guest room.

Freshly made or hot food can be enjoyed where ingredients from the nearby fish market or vegetable store can be cooked or takeout food can be microwaved.

A maximum of 5 people can stay in this room type for a stay with friends or family. Other room types include the superior room with a large sofa and two washbasins for a comfortable stay, and the double room with a working desk that provides a work-friendly environment.

About OMO5 Kanazawa Katamachi by Hoshino Resorts

  • Address: 1-4-23 Katamachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0981
  • Room Rate: Starts from 14,000 JPY per night (tax included)
  • Number of Rooms: 101
  • Number of Floors: 1F to 6F
  • Facilities: Guest rooms, OMO Base (front desk, OMO Cafe, lounge, library, shop)
  • Directions: Approximately 10 minutes by bus from Kanazawa Station (4 minutes by walk from Kourinbo bus stop)

About OMO Brand

City tourism hotel to discover the wonders of the city OMO is a city tourism hotel in a convenient city-center location, perfect for exploring the deep, urban culture.

We consider the city centered around the hotel to be part of our resort, offering a variety of options to see, eat and shop. With the cooperation of the local community, city-lovers can get an insight into culture through our original tours and maps; sharing locals’ all-time favorites to hidden gems only with you!

What is an OMO number?

The number after “OMO” in the name of the property represents the breadth of our services to meet a variety of travel needs. With this number, guests can choose an OMO hotel that is best suited for a particular trip.

Every trip may differ depending on its purpose and the way time is spent will change accordingly, so find your best OMO, which is your number 1 supporter of city tourism.

With a total of 101 rooms, there are 6 room types of varying sizes so that the perfect one can be chosen for the type of journey guests choose

With a total of 101 rooms, there are 6 room types of varying sizes so that the perfect one can be chosen for the type of journey guests choose
Photo credit © Hoshino Resorts




Local guide activities: Tour to savor Katamachi and Japanese confectionery workshop
Photo credit © Hoshino Resorts



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