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.

  • Niina / Staff

    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 would like to support children in Asia with Masaki and Maru, and would also like to make a guesthouse where our guests feel they want to come back again. I am often told that I am a laid-back type of person, but I will do many kinds of activities proactively at Pongyi. I would like a lot of people to enjoy traditional Japanese culture here. I am looking forward to seeing you at Pongyi!