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About Yamashiro Onsen

Town Vibes And History

What Is “Yunogawa” ?

Within the Hokuriku region, the part of town that encircles a public bath is referred to as the “yunogawa”. Back in the day, hot spring towns often grew up around public baths (known as “soyu” in the Hokuriku area), with inns built up in the immediate area surrounding the baths to accommodate visitors seeking the curative properties of the hot springs. This little architectural quirk of old hot spring towns has been preserved in Yamashiro Onsen, to allow visitors to enjoy the atmosphere and culture of the region’s hot spring towns as they were a hundred years ago.

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

In AD 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 its pain. This crow is widely believed to be the Yatagarasu, a three-legged mythical creature from ancient Japanese folklore, and this legend is said to be the origin of Yamashiro Onsen.



Kosoyu (“Old Soyu”) is an olden-style bathhouse, where visitors can enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere of old Japan while bathing the traditional way. Built in 2010, the building is an exact restoration of the Meiji Era bathhouse that formerly stood in its place.


Located across the street from the Kosoyu, the Soyu is a modern bathhouse featuring vaulted ceilings, skylights, and large baths that are drained, cleaned, and refilled daily.


Enjoy the unique atmosphere of Yamashiro Onsen with a stroll through this little street of quaint buildings decorated with Bengara latticework. Grab a bite at its dessert shop, or check out Kutani porcelain souvenirs at Ninuriya while you’re at it.

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Home Of The Revival Of Kutani-yaki Porcelain

Kutani-yaki 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 Kutani-yaki porcelain were produced at this historic kiln. Well over a century after the Kutani Kiln shut down, the people at Yoshidaya revived Kutani-yaki porcelain, here in Yamashiro Onsen. Walking through the atmospheric hot spring townscape and enjoying the beautiful artistry of Kutani-yaki porcelain is one of the greatest pleasures that Yamashiro Onsen has to offer.


Kutani-yaki Kiln Museum

Take a glimpse back in time at this colossal ancient kiln site. Hands-on pottery wheel and Kutani painting experiences are available as well.

Rosanjin's Cottage, "Iroha Soan"

For a period of time in the early 20th Century, the renowned Japanese artist Rosanjin stayed in Yamashiro Onsen, where he worked on carving shop signs for local inns, indulged in painting and calligraphy, and acquainted himself with the well-heeled and cultured “danna-shu” of the town. Rosanjin’s legacy in Yamashiro Onsen lives on till this day at Iroha Soan.

Gallery CoCo

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


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Exciting Events And Festivals Every Season

Shobuyu Festival

● June 4: Prayer Ceremony & Nyuto-shiki Bathing Festival (Iris Mikoshi Portable Shrine)

● 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.

Lanterns held up on poles lead the procession, as the iris mikoshi shrine is jostled making its way around town.

The festival fills the air with the smell of irises, long said to drive away evil spirits.

Yamashiro Daidengaku Festival

● Early August

● 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.

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.

Enjoy some of Hokuriku’s renowned seafood and fine culinary hospitality at any one of Yamashiro’s inns. Thanks to its close proximity to Hashitate, a port town that is famous for both its history and incredible seafood, sea produce is always delivered fresh to Yamashiro’s inns from Hashitate Port. Chefs at these inns always look forward to flexing their skills in November, when the crab season begins, and they can regale guests with delicious seasonal dishes to help take the edge off the region's harsh winter.

One of Yamashiro's most famous local sweets, the Ren-no Yokan, is produced at Ren Eishodo, a 200-year-old traditional sweets shop located beside the Kosoyu. Established in 1819, this shop still makes their yokan the traditional way, using only three ingredients: azuki beans, kanten jelly, and sugar. Their mild sweetness and clean aftertaste have earned them many dedicated local fans, perhaps the best sign of their quality. Yamashiro Onsen is also home to a number of other sweets shops, each with their own unique offerings, as well as a range of eateries proffering local dishes and delicious lunch sets.

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CANBUS Kaga Loop Bus

Perfect For Overnight Stays!

The 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 like!

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

● Available At: CANBUS Office (located across the road from the South Exit of JR Kagaonsen Station, Tourist Information Center Kaga Tabi Machi Net (located inside JR Kagaonsen Station)



Eiheiji Odekake-go Bus

One Round Trip Per Day

Eiheiji Temple was established approximately 700 years 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 leaving for Eiheiji Temple. Seats are available on reservation only. Deadline for ticket reservations is 6:00 p.m. the night before. Please inquire at the front desk of your accommodations should you require assistance in booking tickets.

● 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.

● Limited Express trains daily !

●24 minutes from JR Kagaonsen Station via Limited Express train

★Info on buses direct to Kanazawa

To Kanazawa Castle Park & Kenrokuen Garden

Enjoy the beauty of the seasons at Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s three finest gardens, and a beloved symbol of Kanazawa.

● 1hr 15min 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.

● 60min by direct bus

★Info on buses direct to Eiheiji Temple

★Info on the Echizen Railway

To Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

This giant dome houses an incredible selection of dinosaur fossils, specimens, 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 has a variety of ryokans to cater to guests of all kinds – from luxurious inns for those seeking more privacy and pampering to large inns for groups and casual inns without meals. Take your pick and enjoy your stay!


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How To Get To Kaga

Hokuriku Arch Pass  ★New Golden Route!★

Narita Airport → Haneda Airport → Tokyo → Nagano → Joetsu-Myoko → Toyama → Kanazawa

Valid for 7 days from date of pass activation

Operated by: JR East, JR West, & various local lines



Shirakawago Takayama Bus Tour

Kanazawa → Gokayama → Shirakawa-go → Takayama (One-Way/Round Trip)

Operated by: Hokuriku Tetsudo Bus



Limited Express “Wide View” Hida

Nagoya → Gifu → Takayama → Hida- Furukawa → Toyama

Operated by: JR West

West JR


Dragon Route Bus Pass

Chubu Airport → Nagoya → Gujo Hachiman → Takayama → Shirakawa-go → Kanazawa → Wajima

Operated by: Meitetsu Bus, various local operators

Useful Information

■Push-Type Information App For Foreign Visitors To Japan

“Safety tips”Android・iOS


■Trouble & Accident Helpline

Police Helpline: 076-225-0555
*Multilingual support available weekdays only.


■In Case Of Medical Emergencies

●Kudo Hospital (English and Chinese help available): 0761-73-3312

●Kaga City Medical Center (English help available): 0761-72-1188



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