About Pongyi

"Pongyi" means "Buddhist monk" in the Myanmar language. This name derives from the owner Masaki's Buddhist monk previous experience in Myanmar, "May all people be filled full of Joy of life." This is the word of his holiness Gayuna Sundima Cealo, the high priest to whom Masaki look up as his mentor. We are bearing this words in mind and trying to be "I am that I am, and do what we can do for the others." Pongyi is not a non-profit organization (NPO), but we are working almost like a volunteer. We are donating 100 yen to aid children in Asia and another 100yen to other support activities from each accommodation fee. Furthermore, the income of the events we often hold are donated. We hope you will find inspiration by having touched 'peace' , 'awareness', 'meeting' ,'information' etc., even if only slightly , it will become your further energy of life from tomorrow. There are no luxurious amenities like in a first-class hotel, but we sincerely hope that you feel and relaxed at home.

A trusted place to stay

Thanks to many people from all over the world, Pongyi has featured in a lot of media and website rankings as a comfortable place to stay. We would like to treasure every meeting and encourage people from all over the world connect and share their culture in a pleasant environment.

Media & Website rankings

  • 2018.11.17

    【TV】Masaki, the owner of Pongyi, was introduced in TV program ” Shin Furusato Hito to Hito” by Ishikawa TV.

  • 2018.11.03

    【Radio】Masaki, the owner of Pongyi, was introduced in Radio program ” Happy Smile of Misuzu Yamamoto” by FM Ishikawa.

  • 2018.11.09

    【TV】We were featured in the TV program “Ashitamohare Jinsei recipe” by NHK E TV.

  • 2018.06.01

    【TripAdvisor】We have received TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 for 5 years in a row.

  • 2018.01.30

    【TV】We were featured in the TV show “Super J channel” of Asahi broadcasting corp.

  • 2017.08.15

    【Lonely Planet】We have been listed in “Lonely Planet Japan 15.”


  • Masaki / Representative

    I have lived in Brazil and Paraguay in South America before. My personality from other people is said to be relaxed and continental. I had a Buddhist monk experience in Myanmar although it was a short period. It was a very valuable experience for me, so I made the word of monk in Myanmarese 'Pongyi' the name of this guesthouse. Pongyi helps children in Asia. At Pongyi we take pleasure if our guests can return home well rested and treasure their stay at our guesthouse. I look forward to seeing you all in Kanazawa.

  • Nina / Landlady

    Hello! I'm Nina. I was born and raised in Ishikawa prefecture. I really wanted to do something for people, that's why I came to Pongyi. I started working at Pongyi from 2017 and was assigned to a landlady (manager) of Pongyi on 2019.
    In Pongyi, I can meet many guests from all over the world. Everything is new and interesting, so I feel so fulfilled every day.
    Pongy is completely different from the modern and stylish guesthouses which are popular in Japan now. Our house was built about 140 years ago. The structure of the house is very small on account of Japanese people being shorter in olden times. Tall people often hit their forehead because of the low ceilings and The stairs are very steep. However, I love the warm and peaceful atmosphere of this house money can’t buy.
    I am glad to be able to work here, and feel really happy to make a comfortable place to stay for our guests. The donation from each accommodation fee makes some children in Asia happy. I would like to expand this happy circle more.
    The time I spend with our guests is precious and I will welcome a lot of guests at Pongyi. I am still inexperienced, but I will do my best. I am looking forward to seeing you here.
    Thank you very much !