KANAZAWA TRAVEL GUIDE

Around Kanazawa

Katayamazu Onsen

Katayamazu Onsen

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On the shores of Shibayama Lagoon is Katayamazu Onsen – another of the four Kaga area hot spring towns. Unlike the other hot spring towns, Katayamazu Onsen is the only one not nestled in the mountains but rather, on clear days, has a fantastic view of the Hakusan mountain range.

(Photo credit ©石川県観光連盟)

Among the activities to enjoy in Katayamzu Onsen is visiting the public bath. The building is entirely glass, allowing for one bath to look out onto the lagoon and the other into a forest-like garden area. Overlooking the lagoon, the top floor of the public bath also has a café with a patio from which you can best see the fountain that spouts water 70-meters (230 feet) into the air every hour during the day.

If you’d rather be a bit more active, you can also walk or bike around the lagoon, checking out the many little shops with regional bites. There’s also a small pier with a shrine dedicated to a local deity that lights up every evening. For the more inquisitive types, there’s a Museum of Snow and Ice showing the works of the Japanese ice crystal scientist, Nakayama Ukichiro.

 

(Photo credit ©石川県観光連盟)

Katayamazu Onsen resorts offering day-trips:

  • Katayamazu Soyu (no official website)

Katayamazu Onsen resorts with private bath options:

A note on tattoos:  Tattoos are still generally forbidden in hot springs in this part of Japan, but if you have small ones that can easily be covered, then you’ll have no problems. Those with large, extravagant tattoos may be refused entry to the hot springs.

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Sea & Onsen Kaga