Around Kanazawa

Yamanaka Onsen

Yamanaka Onsen

(Photo credit ©石川県観光連盟)

Nestled in a narrow valley along the Kakusenkei Gorge is perhaps the most beautiful of the four Kaga area onsen towns:  Yamanaka Onsen. Hidden away in the mountains, this little hot spring town has a lot to offer visitors.

Of course, the main thing to do when visiting a hot spring resort town is to of course to go take a relaxing soak. From the public bathhouse to a lady’s only resort, Yamanaka Onsen has a variety of places to enjoy the rejuvenating powers of the hot spring waters. Check out the list below!

Aside from bathing, visitors can take a stroll through town to enjoy the many little shops along the main street – like Gato Mikio, a Yamanaka lacquerware shop with a bit of a modern twist on a traditional craft – or wander across the Ayatori Bridge and down into the gorge to enjoy tea by the river under red umbrellas. In the evening, swing by Washu Bar Engawa [link to article] to taste delicious sake while learning about them from a sakasho – the equivalent of a sommelier but for sake!

(Photo credit ©石川県観光連盟)

There’s also the old part of town to add a bit more of a historical twist to your Yamanaka Onsen visit. Walk along the Kohrogi Bridge for to find souvenir shops, cafes, and an old samurai house turned museum (Mugen-An) at which you can also enjoy wagashi and matcha while looking out at the Kakusenkei Gorge.

Yamanaka Onsen resorts offering day-trips:

  • Yamanaka Soyu (no official website)

Yamanaka 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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