Precious Yamashiro

On one stretch of your trip
from Tokyo/Kyoto
To Yamashiro Hot Spring
with jewel-like shining appeal

Yamashiro Hot Spring is one of the most venerable hot spring resorts in Japan, the country of many hot springs, having 1,300 years of history. Beginning with a legend that a bird healed its wounded wings, its benefits became known to people around the country and they say even military commanders visited here for hot spring cure in the age of provincial wars. Since then, it has developed a rich culture as a hot spring resort which has been loved by a number of writers and artists. Today, it still attracts many overnight guests as the most prestigious hot spring resort in Hokuriku District.
Good access: within 3 hours from Tokyo/Kyoto. After enjoying sightseeing during the day in Tokyo/Kyoto, head straight to Yamashiro. In the village at the foot of mountain surrounded by seasonal nature, let your travel-worn body heal in a relaxed way with cuisine of seasonal foods from the sea and the mountains as well as the abundant quantity of hot spring water.

Tourist Spot

Yamashiro, a town with 1,300 years of history
The town where you encounter
the scenery of Japanese homeland

Soyu

The origin of the soyu at Yamashiro Onsen dates back to the Edo period (1603-1867). Hotels and shops are built around the soyu and people come there to have a good time, a scene typical in the Japan of the past.

Ko-Soyu

Ko-soyu is the reproduction of an old soyu (public bathhouse) built in the Meiji period (1868-1912) with the same floor and Kutani-yaki tiled walls as the original. People come to soak in a bath in the traditional way.

Hazuchio Gakudo

The wooden building with its high ceiling and fireplace create a cozy atmosphere. Dishes and sweets using local ingredients are served on interesting dinnerware.

Kutani-yaki Kamaato Tenjikan (Kutani-yaki kiln museum)

Visitors can see the kiln that was built in the Edo period, the oldest existing Kutani-yaki kiln. Hands-on experience using a potter’s wheel and glazing is available.

Yamashiro Around

Going further from Yamashiro, your trip to seek for encounters with the beauty and hospitality of Japan continues

Yamashiro Hot Spring will be the new base for sightseeing in Japan.
We recommend you the attractive sightseeing route that is based in Yamashiro Hot Spring and enables you to make a day tour. You will be able to enjoy a trip to experience the tradition dating from ancient times in Japan, including Kanazawa, a town of arts and crafts rich in culture of the warrior class, Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, selected as the World Heritage, and Eihei Temple, one of the most famous temples in Japan.

Kanazawa

A town retaining a culture of the warrior class that boasted their prosperity with one million koku (about five million bushels)

Tourism Ishikawa Kanazawa Tourist Information Guide

Toyama / Gifu

A Japanese field view spreads in the townscape of World Heritage villages and mountains

Tourism Information Toyama Experience Beautiful Gifu HIDA TAKAYAMA

Fukui

A village with one of the most famous temples in Japan and the biggest dinosaur land in Japan

Fukui Tourism Guide

Festival

  • Shobuyu Matsuri (Japanese iris leaf bath festival)
    Shobuyu Matsuri (Japanese iris leaf bath festival)

    Saito Daigomaku is a large outdoor Buddhist ceremony for mountain priests to pray for wish fulfillment and good health for the year. Young people start at Yakuouin Onsen-ji Temple and parade through town carrying Shobu Mikoshi (portable shrines), guided by lanterns.

    Early June: Nyuto-shiki Kigansai (bath ceremony), Nyuto-shiki (iris portable shrine)
    Early June: Yamashiro Ondo Waodori (Yamashiro dance festival)

  • Yamashiro Daidengaku (Yamashiro performing arts festival)
    Yamashiro Daidengaku (Yamashiro performing arts festival)

    People in weird costumes dynamically dance against the backdrop of bonfires accompanied by mysterious flute tune of music in the summer night. Temporary food and other stalls are set up and many events are held during the period of the festival.

    Early August

  • Hassaku Matsuri (Hassaku festival)
    Hassaku Matsuri (Hassaku festival)

    This annual festival is held at Hatori Shrine in autumn to pray for good harvests. A big “lion” parades around town doing the lion dance. At the shrine, “Urayasu no Mai” is dedicated to the shrine to pray for peace.

    Early September.

Access

Travel time is 90 minutes from Tokyo to Yamashiro Onsen by plane and 2 hours 20 minutes by train from Osaka and Nagoya. The location is convenient so, whether in Japan on business or for sightseeing, do not miss the opportunity to experience this slice of traditional Japan.

How to get to Yamashiro Onsen (japan-guide.com)

By plane

  • Tokyo (Haneda Airport) -> Komatsu Airport: 1 h
  • Narita Airport -> Komatsu Airport: 1 h 5 min
  • Komatsu Airport -> Yamashiro Onsen: 1 h 20 min by CanBus, or 30 min by taxi/rental car

By train

  • JR Tokyo Station -> JR Kanazawa Station: 2 h 30 min + 25 min express
  • JR Osaka Station -> JR Kaga Onsen Station: 2 h 20 min by Thunderbird on the Hokuriku Line

From JR Kaga Onsen Station

CANBUS are available to all locations in the area.

CANBUS Pamphlet (PDF) CANBUS Timetable (PDF)

Access Access

Kaga Loop Bus "CANBUS"

CANBUS Route
CANBUS

The bus makes a tour of sightseeing spots in the Kaga Onsen-kyo area, starting from JR Kagaonsen Station.
The bus also connects to Komatsu Airport (5 round trips a day) and Yamanaka Onsen.

CANBUS Pamphlet (PDF) CANBUS Timetable (PDF)

Mountain RouteVia Yamashiro Onsen / Yamanaka Onsen

Bus Stop No.Name of the bus stop / Bus No.
1JR Kaga Onsen Station / Abio City Kaga
12Okashijo Kagahan, Kagahan Bunkamura
2Kutani Bitoen
3Yamashiro Onsen Kikyogaoka Yamanaka
Yamanaka
1
Yamanaka Urushi-za
(Yamanaka Lacquerware Traditional Industry Hall)
2Yamanaka Onsen Kiku no Yu / Yamanaka-za
4Banshoen-dori Street/Iroha Soan Hut
5Yamashiro Onsen: Soyu/Kosoyu
6Yamashiro Onsen: East Exit
6aAncient Kutani Kiln Exhibition Center
7Natadera Temple
8Yunokuni no Mori
9Motorcar Museum of Japan
11Kaga Yumenoyu/Hakomiya
1JR Kaga Onsen Station / Abio City Kaga

Sea RouteVia Daishoji, Katayamazu Onsen

Bus Stop No.Name of the bus stop / Bus No.
1JR Kaga Onsen Station / Abio City Kaga
13aKutani Mangetsu
(ceramics workshops, national treasure exhibition)
13JR Daishoji Station/Kaga City Hall
14Yamanoshita Temples / Kutaniyaki Art Museum
15Boats, Kyuya and Choryu-tei / Kaga City Hospital
16Tsukiusagi no Sato
16aYoshizaki Gobo Rennyo Shonin Memorial Hall,
Echizen Kaga Kenkyo no Yakata
16bTakenoura-kan
17Kamoike Observation Center
18Kaga Fruit Land(Bus transfers available here.)
20Kitamaebune Ship Owner Residence - Zorokuen
21Kitamaebune Ship Museum
22Hashitate Fishing Port
23Amagozen Cape
24Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice
25Katayamazu Onsen: West Exit
26Katayamazu Onsen:Yunomoto Park
26aKatayamazu Onsen: Soyu
27Katayamazu Onsen: First Ward
28Dainichi-zakari Sake Brewery Museum
29Iburihashi (Sabo Misho)
1JR Kaga Onsen Station / Abio City Kaga

Komatsu Airport LineVia Katayamazu Onsen

Bus Stop No.Name of the bus stop / Bus No.
1JR Kaga Onsen Station/Abio City Kaga
27Katayamazu Onsen: First Ward
26aKatayamazu Onsen: Soyu
26Katayamazu Onsen:Yunomoto Park
25Katayamazu Onsen: West Exit
24Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice
Komatsu
1
Komatsu Airport
24Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice
25Katayamazu Onsen: West Exit
26Katayamazu Onsen:Yunomoto Park
26aKatayamazu Onsen: Soyu
27Katayamazu Onsen: First Ward
1JR Kaga Onsen Station/Abio City Kaga

For Yamanaka

Bus Stop No.Name of the bus stop / Bus No.
1JR Kaga Onsen Station/Abio City Kaga
6Yamashiro Onsen: East Exit
5Yamashiro Onsen: Soyu/Kosoyu
4Banshoen-dori Street/Iroha Soan Hut
3Yamashiro Onsen Kikyogaoka
Yamanaka
1
Yamanaka Urushi-za
(Yamanaka Lacquerware Traditional Industry Hall)
Yamanaka
2
Yamanaka Onsen Kiku no Yu / Yamanaka-za
4Banshoen-dori Street/Iroha Soan Hut
5Yamashiro Onsen: Soyu/Kosoyu
6Yamashiro Onsen: East Exit
1JR Kaga Onsen Station/Abio City Kaga

Kaga Yunosato Express Bus

An express bus service operated between Yamashiro Onsen and Kanazawa. From Kanazawa, a nonstop bus service for Gokayama/Shirakawa-go and Takayama is available.

Kaga Yunosato Express Bus Route
Yamashiro Onsen Kanazawa Station Gokayama Shirakawa-go Takayama
Yamashiro Onsen
West Exit
Yamashiro Onsen Yamashiro Onsen
East Exit
West Exit East Exit
9:33 9:34 9:35 10:30 arr. 10:50 dep. - 12:05 13:05
10:03 10:04 10:05 11:30
12:45 13:45 * 14:10
13:15 - 14:30 15:30
14:40 15:40 * 16:05
16:00 - 17:15 18:10
Takayama Shirakawa-go Gokayama Kanazawa Station Yamashiro Onsen
East Exit West Exit Yamashiro Onsen
East Exit
Yamashiro Onsen Yamashiro Onsen
West Exit
7:50 8:40 - 10:05
11:25 12:15 - 13:40 arr.
14:00 dep.
14:57 14:58 15:00
- 15:00 16:25 16:26 16:27
  • You are to make a transfer at Kanazawa Station.
  • Reservation is required for a bus ride between Kanazawa and Takayama.
  • The bus stops only between April and November.
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