A lagoon that changes color seven times a day. Centuries-old hot springs discovered 1,300 years ago.
Kaga-onsen-kyo is a hot spring village located at the southern end of the Kanazawa Plain that surrounds Kaga in southern Ishikawa. This district has four hot springs (Yamashiro, Awazu, Yamanaka, and Katayamazu), and is called "Okuzashiki of Kansai," a hot spring to be enjoyed by the people of the Kansai area.
The Yamashiro-onsen Hot Spring is believed to have been discovered about 1,300 years ago. It is noted for the Yu-no-kuruwa quarter, where long-established inns characterized by red latticework gather around a gorgeous public bathhouse, "Soyu Yokuden." Another old hot spring, Awazu, is a popular sightseeing spot with its Yunokuni-no-Mori, or a forest of hot springs, where visitors can enjoy Kutani-yaki pottery, Wajima lacquerware, Kaga-Yuzen printed silk, gold leaf craftwork, and many other traditional arts and crafts of Ishikawa.
The Yamanaka-onsen Hot Spring is encircled by the Mizunashi-gawa River, Mt. Yakushi-yama, and Mt. Higashi-yama. The Katayamazu-onsen Hot Spring stretches along the Shibayama-gata Lagoon, which changes color seven times a day, and offers a panoramic view of the Haku-san Mountain Range on fine days. Both hot springs receive a ceaseless flow of visitors who seek these wonderful scenic sites. Yamanaka is also known for Yamanaka lacquerware and its unique culture.
From Tokyo :
[Air] 1h from Haneda to Komatsu Airport.
[Rail] 1h 35 min from Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa by JR Jo'etsu Shinkansen Line. 2h 25 min from the station to Kanazawa Station by JR Hokuetsu Kyuko Line (limited express), and 30 min from Kanazawa to Kaga-onsen Station by JR Hokuriku Line (limited express).
*In spring of 2015, the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train line will reach Kanazawa. It will be able to run between Tokyo and Kanazawa about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
From Osaka :
[Rail] 2h 20 min to Kaga-onsen Station by JR Hokuriku Line (limited express)