Enjoy the relaxing vibes of Yamashiro Onsenʼs Yunogawa and Kosoyu.

What is “Yunogawa” ?

Centuries ago, hot spring towns were built up around public baths. Hot spring inns lined the streets around the public bath, and visitors looking for curative springs would go to the public bath and occasionally take walks through nature during their long stays in town. This public bath was called “soyu”, and the area of the town built up around it was known in the Hokuriku region as a “yunogawa”. Even today, the old-fashioned hot spring culture and atmosphere lives on here in Yamashiro Onsen.


An Encounter with a three-legged Crow

Some 1,300 years ago in the year 725, a famous Buddhist priest named Gyoki was on his way to the sacred Mt.Hakusan when he noticed a single crow soaking its injured wing in a pool of water to soothe the pain; this is said to have been the origin of Yamashiro Onsen. This crow is said to be the legendary three-legged crow Yatagarasu, from the myths and legends of ancient Japan.



Kosoyu (or“Old Soyu”) was built in Yamashiro’s yunogawa in 2010. The nostalgic atmosphere extends beyond the architecture, as visitors also prepare themselves for the bath in the traditional way, for a taste of Yamashiro Onsen's history and culture.


The baths at Soyu are drained and cleaned daily, before being refilled with fresh 100% hot spring water. The vaulted ceiling features large skylights, for a beautiful and refreshing atmosphere.


Enjoy one-of-a-kind sweets in this distinctive building, with its atmospheric Bengara latticework, or check out the Kutaniyaki porcelain items at Ninuriya, at this must-see spot in Yamashiro’s yunogawa.

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Home of the Revival of Kutaniyaki porcelain

Kutaniyaki porcelain are some of Japan's most famous colored ceramics. Their history stretches back more than 350 years, to the porcelain made in Kutani Village of the Kaga Domain, during Japan's feudal era. A number of famous one-of-a-kind Kutaniyaki porcelain were produced at this historic kiln. Well over a century after the Kutani Kiln shut down, the people at Yoshidaya revived Kutaniyaki porcelain, here in Yamashiro Onsen. Walking through the atmospheric hot spring townscape and enjoying the beautiful artistry of Kutaniyaki porcelain is one of the greatest pleasures that Yamashiro Onsen has to offer.


Ancient Kutani KilnExhibition Centert

Find yourself transported to centuries ago at this colossal ancient kiln. Visitors can try hands-on pottery wheel or painting experiences, making this a great destination.

Rosanjin's temporary residence

Iroha Soan Hut

For a time during the early 20th century, Rosanjin, known as the “consummate artist” lived in Yamashiro Onsen. He passionately carved shop signs in the hut's workshop, became absorbed in painting and calligraphy in the hut's study, and met with the gentlemen of Yamashiro Onsen around the hut's hearth.</br > Iroha Soan Hut continues to tell the tale of Rosanjin's personality and talents to this day.

CoCo Hands-on Kutaniyaki Gallery

Items made by young local artisans are on display and sale here. Visitors can also try painting ceramics under the careful supervision of specialists.


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Exciting events and festivals for every season.

Shobuyu Festival

● June 4: Prayer Ceremony & Nyuto-shiki Bathing Festival (Iris Mikoshi Portable Shrine)</br > ● June 5: Yamashiro Ondo Bon Dance

To pray for good health for the following year, the young adults of Yamashiro carry a mikoshi portable shrine around town, starting from Yakuoin Onsenji Temple.</br > Lanterns held up on poles lead the procession, as the iris mikoshi shrine is jostled making its way around town.</br > The festival fills the air with the smell of irises, long said to drive away evil spirits.

Yamashiro Daidengaku Festival

● Early August</br > ● Location: Special Event Venue in Front of Hattori Shrine

Daidengaku was brought to life by Mannojo Nomura, who developed a modern revival of the once-popular folk dance from the middle ages known as Dengaku.</br > These summer nights feature people in whismical costumes dancing to lively rhythms, accompanied by the sound of flutes and the warm light of bonfires.

Cherry Blossom Season

Yamashiro Onsen has a number of great places to view cherry blossoms: Ohinomiya Park, Banshoen Park, Makomogaike Lake, Kikyogaoka Plaza, and more.


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Hospitality, the secret ingredient of Yamashiro's delights.

Yamashiro is located near Hashitate Port, which is famous for the Kitamaebune trading ships that once traveled Japan. The port is also famous for its incredible seafood available all year round, delivered to Yamashiro's inns remarkably fresh. The chefs at these inns look forward to flexing their skills in November, when crab season beg ins, preparing delicious dishes that help take the edge off the region's harsh winter soon to come. The rich variety of flavors makes winter the best season of the year for seafood - food lovers have been known to visit the Hokuriku region from all over Japan in winter just for the outstanding seafood.

One of Yamashiro's most famous local sweets, Ren-no Yokan is produced at a long-established sweets shop besides the Kosoyu named Ren Eishodo. This yokan sweet bean jelly shop was established in 1819, and still makes their yokan using only three natural ingredients: azuki beans, kanten jelly, and sugar. Their mild sweetness and clean aftertaste have earned them plenty of dedicated local fans, perhaps the best sign of their quality. Yamashiro Onsen is also home to a number of other sweets shops, all with their own unique offerings - a walk around town to try them all would make a great way to spend a day. There are also plenty of places worth checking out that offer lunch and local dishes, too.

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Canbus Kaga Loop Buses

Perfect for Overnight Stays in Yamashiro !

Canbus Kaga Loop Buses start at JR Kagaonsen Station and travel to a number of locations throughout Kaga and beyond on three routes: the Mountain Route, the Sea Route, and the Komatsu Airport Route. Get on and off at any stop you'd like !

● Day Pass Prices: 1-day Pass: ¥1,100 / 2-day Pass: ¥1,300 Kids 6‒12: Half price / Kids under 6: Free

● Available for Sale at: The Canbus Office, onboard Canbus buses, and Kaga Tabi Machi Net (located inside JR Kagaonsen Station)



Eiheiji Odekake-go Bus

One Round Trip per Day

Eiheiji Temple was established centuries ago in the adjacent prefecture of Fukui as a training temple for Soto Zen Buddhism. The Eiheiji Odekake Bus stops at three bus stops in Yamashiro before arriving at Eiheiji Temple. Seats are available under reservatio only, so please makesure to reserve and purchase your ticket by 6:00 p.m. the night before at the front desk of your accommodations.

● Fare: One way ¥900



A convenient hub to access the Hokuriku area.

Yamashiro Onsen is located right in the middle of many exciting places, with Kenrokuen Garden, Eiheiji Temple, Shirakawa-go Village, and more accessible as day trips. Yamashiro Onsen is the perfect hot spring hub for the Hokuriku region.

※Note: Times listed are estimates, and may vary depending on traffic conditions.

To Kanazawa Station

Just 24 minutes from JR Kagaonsen Station via Limited Express train. The Hokuriku Shinkansen was opened in March 2015, offering convenient access from the Tokyo metropolitan and Kanto areas.

● 35 Limited Express trains daily !</br > ●24 minutes from JR Kagaonsen Station via Limited Express train

★Info on buses direct to Kanazawa

To Kanazawa Castle Park & Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen is considered one of Japan's three finest gardens, and is a beloved symbol of Kanazawa. Enjoy its natural beauty through all four seasons, with scenery created by expert gardeners.

● 1hr.,15 min. by direct bus

★Info on buses direct to Kanazawa

To Shirakawa-go & Gokayama Villages

These thatched-roof houses, built in a style known as gassho-zukuri, have been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These precious historic houses are still in use as homes and can be found only in Gokayama and Shirakawa-go.

●1hr.,45min. - Kagaonsen Sta. to Kanazawa Sta., then take a bus from Kanazawa Sta.

★Info on highway buses to Shirakawa-go Village and Takayama


To Hida Takayama

Irrigation channels run below rows of latticed bay windows, along roads lined with machiya townhouses and entrance curtains at long-established shops. Enjoy a stroll around town with a Hida beef croquette or some grilled Hida beef on a skewer.

●2hr.,45min. - Kagaonsen Sta. to Kanazawa Sta., then take a bus from Kanazawa Sta.

★Info on highway buses to Shirakawa-go Village and Takayama

To Eiheiji Temple

Zen training is practiced by the many monks of this solemn temple, in accordance with the strict rituals established by Dogen 750 years ago.

● 60 min. - by direct bus

★Info on buses direct to Eiheiji Temple

★Info on the Echizen Railway

To Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

This giant domed building houses an incredible selection of dinosaur skeleton replicas, fossils, specimens, life-size dioramas, reconstructions and more, making it the perfect destination for dinosaur lovers of all ages.

● 1hr.,10min. - by car

★Info on Kaga-Echizen Guide Taxi service

★Info on Keifuku Buses

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Places to Stay

Yamashiro Onsen is home to various types of ryokans to accommodate guests of kinds: luxurious inns popular for those travelling alone, large inns for groups, and casual inns without meals. Choose to your style and enjoy your stay !


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How to get Yamashiro, Kaga

Hokuriku Arch Pass  ★New Golden Route!★

Narita Airport-Haneda Airport-Tokyo-Nagano-Joetsumyoko-Toyama-Kanazawa-Fukui-Kyoto-Osaka-Kansai Airport</br > Available for 7 days only</br > Operation:JR EAST,JR WEST and other.



Shirakawago Takayama Bus Tour

Kanazawa-Gokayama-Shirakawago-Takayama(One way/Round trip)</br > Operation:Hokuriku Tetsudo Bus



The Ltd Exp. (WideView)Hida

Nagoya-Gifu-Takayama-Hidafurukawa-Toyama</br > Operation: JR WEST

West JR


The Dragon Route Bus Pass

Chubu Airport-Nagoya-Gujohachiman-Takayama-Shirakawago-Kanazawa-Wajima</br > Operation:Meitetsu Bus and other


■Push-type information app for foreign visitors to Japan

“Safety tips”Android・iOS


■Trouble & accident counter

Police Help Line : 076-225-0555</br > Multilingual support / Weekday


■Medical institution(Kaga-city area)

●Kudo Hospita(l English and Chinese available) : 0761-73-3312</br > ●Kaga-city Medical Cente(English available) : 0761-72-1188



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