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“Quaint Japanese Onsen Town”
Review of Yamanaka Onsen

Yamanaka Onsen
Ranked #2 of 12 Spas & Wellness in Kaga
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 5 September 2015

I've been here multiple times, in the fall and winter. This is an amazing fall or winter retreat, perfect to refresh yourself over a weekend. In the fall, the autumn leaves are beautiful. The town itself is quaint, and has a very Japanese feel to it. In the town, there are free outdoor foot baths that you can soak your feet in (but bring your own towel).

In the fall, I highly recommend walking through the park down to the river. There are picnic tables, if you want to bring your own meal.

5  Thank Jocelyn E
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Reviewed 6 August 2015

Even though the temprature reached 35 or more, Kakusenkei green path way is comfortable for walking time. Just to pay about 500 hundred Japanese yen and people could enjoy the green tea or dessert under the red seat. Don't like Kyoto, fewer people here and much peace time I got.

Thank YuWeixing
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Reviewed 2 March 2015

A short 20 min ride on the Shinkansen brought us from Kanazawa to Kaga Onsen, which is actually a collection of four hot spring towns, namely Yamashiro Onsen, Yamanaka Onsen, Awazu Onsen and Katayamazu Onsen. We decided on Yamanaka Onsen for of course, the onsen, and Kakusenkei Gorge. We took a connecting bus from Kaga Onsen to Yamanaka Onsen. (Pick up a useful walking map at Kaga Onsen tourist information!) Most people alighted at the Yamashiro Onsen which is on the way. For a Saturday, the streets at Yamanaka Onsen were… pretty empty.

The Kakusenkei Gorge was pretty nice to walk by. Gushing waters, various stone steps and surfaces, mini waterfalls, tall thin trees. Took about 40 min to walk from Ayatori Bridge to Korogi Bridge.

The Kikunoyu onsen is separated into male and female (2 different buildings). This onsen was very… crowded! It’s like the whole town is here xD No outdoor bath or special facilities, just a rectangular pool. But I enjoyed it because it’s hot enough :D So hot that I turned red! Prefer this to the Shin-Hirayu ones.

Near the bus terminal, we also had sake leeds and onsen tamago ice cream~ which were both surprisingly good!

4  Thank chemislove
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Reviewed 2 December 2014

Hands-down the best onsen town I have ever visited. It is easily accessible by public transport: just catch a train to Kagaonsen from Kanazawa and get one of the shuttle buses that frequently depart from the train station. The bus will take 30 minutes from Kagaonsen Station. It will drop you off in the middle of Yamanaka which is truly a glorious town. From the main bus terminal, turn left and walk up the hill towards the mountains. In five minutes you will reach the centre of the town. It has a feeling of "old Japan" to it with various artisan and crafts stores, traditional cuisine and music filling the air. Then as you approach the mountain/hiking trails there's the Gorge itself which provides breathtaking scenery especially in Autumn. I could even see the hot spring steam coming off the trees! There are many bath houses scattered throughout the town, it can be daunting as a foreigner to locate them as the maps are in Japanese, but the main bath house is in the centre of the town and is hard to miss. There are also ryokans and hotels closer to the Gorge that allow visitors to bathe without being an overnight guest. I went to the onsen of a hotel that was at the end of the road, closest to the mountain/Gorge. The bathing experience was highly enjoyable and offered an outdoor bath directly overlooking the river. I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants a memorable experience of Japan.

16  Thank Jenn J
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

We popped out of Kanazawa city and headed west to Yamanaka Onsen (hot spring). The walk along the river took about and a half. It was nice to feel the cool breeze of the water flowing and be surrounded with greenery. There is so much to see in the way of small waterfalls, a raised tatami tea/sweet shop right on the river and footbridges. Like another reviewer said, it is a best kept secret. I had been to Kanazawa about half a dozen times, but had yet to go there. Next time we will stay at one of the lovely hot spring hotels. It is not wheelchair friendly, mind you. It is a good day trip from Kanazawa and a good way to burn off some of the calories from Kanazawa's awesome food. Enjoy!

3  Thank Canmaninjapan
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