With friends or family in tow, let’s go
visit a spa town in southern Ishikawa
to share an amazing experience!
As onsen ranking used to be popular in Japan during the Edo period, people are always enthusiastic over hot springs. Especially, many partakers are particular about the effects they can receive from the chemical properties of the water.
Furthermore, spa t
Ko-Sohyu (public bathhouse)
in Yamashiro Onsen
Kohrogibashi bridge in autumn, Yamanaka Onsen
Ayatori-bashi bridge with snow in Yamanaka-Onsen
The new Machiyu public bathhouse in Katayamazu Onsen
Joanna trying an footbat at Katayamazu Onsen
The second oldest ryokan
in the world, Awazu-Onsen Hoshi
Ha ving meals in your room is onsen style!
You should check out some other onsen food as well!
The purpose for going to an onsen is mainly to kick off your shoes and relax. When you get back from your first soaking in the evening, then “tadaa!”, dinner will already have been serve
Onsen tamago (special boiled egg) at Yamashiro Onsen
Onsen Manju (Yamanaka Onsen Nyah-Nyah Manju)
The one and only Katayamazu Burger!
Release yourself from the everyday stresses of life for a while! You’ll get more energy that way.
Be lazy when you are in a spa town, like we say, “Age-zen Sue-zen.” It means that during holidays you shouldn’t have to lift a finger. The housekeepers will work for you! Of course there are a variety of ryokan in a spa town, ranging from high-class five star classics to more hostel-like budget options. At some affordable ryokan, there might not be a personal housekeeper and you might have to have meals in a shared dining room with other guests. So please be aware of what service you receive when you book your reservation! And for you day-trippers out there, one can visit any of the spa towns from Kanazawa proper quite easily if desired. However, it is said that one will never know the true experience of a spa town without staying over.
YAMASHIRO ONSEN Spa Town
Head office: 3-70, Hokubu, Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga City
Phone 0761-77-1144 / Fax 0761-77-2109
www.yamashiro-spa.or.jp (Japanese / English / Traditional Chinese / Simplified Chinese / Korean)
YAMANAKA ONSEN Spa Town
Head office: Bunka Kaikan bldg., To-5-1, Nishi-Katsuragi-machi, Yamanaka Onsen, Kaga City
Phone 0761-78-0330 / Fax 0761-78-0332
www.yamanaka-spa.or.jp (Japanese / English / Traditional Chinese / Simplified Chinese / Korean)
KATAYAMAZU ONSEN Spa Town
Head office: Tsu-71, Katayamazu-machi, Kaga City
Phone 0761-74-1123 / Fax 0761-74-1083
www.katayamazu-spa.or.jp (Japanese / English / Traditional Chinese / Simplified Chinese / Korean)
AWAZU ONSEN Spa Town
Head office: Ho-59-9, Inokuchi-machi, Komatsu City
Phone 0761-65-1834 / Fax 0761-65-2235
No clothing or bathing suits please!
You are not allowed to wear clothes or a bathing suit in the communal bath, only your birthday suit!
The tub is not a swimming pool!
Please do not jump or dive into the tub! You are not allowed to swim in the tub either (when in Rome).
No bathing when you are drunk!
Let’s see…inebriated for a long period of time in steaming hot water? No explanation necessary, I think!
Please rinse off your body before taking the dip!
An onsen is a communal bath, so obviously everyone tries to keep it that way.
You had better do your hair up!
This is also for keeping the water clean. No one wants to see hair floating like seaweed in the communal bath!
Even wearing towels is not permitted!
All of you shy types will just have to muster up the gumption! Remember, most pools are segregated by gender these days!