A small but lovable onsen town, Kaga makes most of its money from tourists coming to enjoy the region’s naturally occurring hot springs. Surrounded by beautiful nature, Kaga is a brilliant place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It is part of Ishikawa prefecture, an underappreciated part of Japan. This hidden gem is a taste of real Japan. There are no megacities or international trade buildings like in Tokyo, but there are traditional Japanese communities keeping the old ways alive. These ryokan in Ishikawa are great for anyone wanting an authentic Japanese experience.
Yamanaka Onsen Yissho Yamanaka greets new guest with a traditional Japanese kaiseki multi-course dinner featuring local dishes. These are served every evening and are always a new experience as there are lots of small dishes to try, each made that day with fresh local ingredients. For breakfast, guest can choose from either a western-style menu or a Japanese menu. The culture doesn’t stop with the food though. The local area has classes and events covering kimono, geisha and taiko drumming, many of which happen at the hotel. You can also soak in the outdoor onsen bath. This is a big part of Japanese culture as people have been bathing in the hot springs for thousands of years.
The onsen waters at Yunokuni Tensyo all come from natural hot spring in the area. One onsen has an artificial waterfall. There are 18 types of baths in total. There are indoor and outdoor baths, medicine baths, hot baths, cold baths, and many many more. Each one is said to be therapeutic in a different way. After the onsen guests are offered traditional Japanese snacks such as slowly roasted sweet potatoes or eggs cooked in the hot spring water. After this wonderful bathing experience, you can return to your Japanese-style room. The floors in the rooms are a special zen type of floor, meaning they are wooden panels. These are said to be more calming. There is plenty to see and do in the area and the staff is always on hand to help you plan your stay.
Address: 19-49-1 Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga-shi, Ishikawa Prefecture
Access: [To JR Kagaonsen Station] - From JR Kyoto Station: About 100 min via limited express train. - From Kanazawa Station: 25 min via limited express train. From Kagaonsen Station (JR Hokuriku Line): Take a bus bound for Yamanaka Onsen/Kayano to the Yamashiro Onsen Higashi-guchi bus stop (10 min). It is 1 min on foot from there. [About Transport Service] *Reservation not required (as of Mar. 4, 2017). Departs from JR Kagaonsen Station, bound for Yunokuni Tensyo 14:15 / 14:45 / 15:15 / 15:45 / 16:15 / 16:45 / 17:15 / 17:45 / 18:15 *Additional trips in summer (July 15 - Aug. 27): 11:00 / 12:00 / 13:00 Departs from Yunokuni Tensyo, bound for JR Kagaonsen Station 8:45 / 9:45 / 10:45 / 13:45 Departs from Yunokuni Tensyo, bound for Yunokuni no Mori 9:15 / 10:15 Departs from Yunokuni no Mori, bound for Yunokuni Tensyo 13:30 *As buses depart on schedule, please leave plenty of time to reach the boarding location.
Something that Japanese people have loved for generation is soaking in a warm Onsen. The hot spring waters are pumped into the baths here so that you to can get that authentic Japanese experience. The rooms are also authentically Japanese. They have straw tatami mats on the floors and shoji paper screen on the windows. The beds are classic Japanese futons that can be placed anywhere in the room. These rooms are for guests who want the most Japanese experience possible, there are also western rooms available with European-style beds. The Ryokan also has a serene garden that guests can stroll through, as well as a library. The ryokan has a peaceful atmosphere that is guaranteed to help you unwind.
Address: 55-1-3 Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga-shi, Ishikawa Prefecture
Access: From Kagaonsen Station (JR Hokuriku Line): 10 min by car. By car: 6 km from Hokuriku Expressway Katayamazu / Kaga IC.
The Araya Totoan Ryokan Onsen is a fantastic place to stay with a long history. The place was built over 800 years ago and has kept its rustic charm ever since. Here you can experience a taste of the real, original Japan. Guests have a choice between indoor and outdoor baths. The outdoor onsen has spectacular views, whilst the indoor is beautifully maintained and protected from any weather or outside elements.
Address: 18-119 Ko, Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga-shi, Ishikawa Prefecture
Access: From Kagaonsen Station (JR Hokuriku Line): Take the bus bound for Yamanaka Onsen and get off at Yamashiro Higashiguchi (about 15 minutes). About 5 minutes on foot from there. By car: Exit the Hokuriku Expressway at Kaga IC and continue along Route 8 for about 15 minutes (6 km). Head towards Yamashiro Onsen Soyu.
Hanamurasaki is very proud of its chefs who have managed to create a Japanese-French fusion menu. ‘a la carte kaiseki’ style meals are open to all guests and allow you to sample various different flavors. The Ryokan is well positioned, with a wealth of activities nearby. You can visit the traditional artists and shops of Yuge Kaido Street, as well as the picturesque Kakusenkei Gorge, and the Eiheiji Temple and Dinosaur Museum. All of these are within an hour drive. There are three types of room all of which have a view of the valley of Kakusenkei Gorge. You can choose from a Japanese or western style. The most luxurious rooms come with a semi open-air hot spring bath, sauna, kitchen, and living room, so guests can relax in comfort. There is also a shared onsen bath that any quests are welcome to.
Address: 1-Ho17-1 Higashi-machi, Yamanaka Onsen, Kaga-shi, Ishikawa Prefecture
Access: [Pick-up Service] Free round-trip shuttle bus service available to and from Kagaonsen Station (JR Hokuriku Main Line). Hanamurasaki to/from Kagaonsen Station (one-way 15 minutes) *Reservation required by 1 day before use (1) By JR [To Kagaonsen Station] From Kanazawa Station: about 25 min via limited express train. From Kyoto Station: about 100 min via limited express train. From Osaka Station: about 150 min via limited express train. From Nagoya Station: about 150 min via limited express train. From Tokyo Station: about 150 min via Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kanazawa. Transfer to the limited express train at Kanazawa Station, about 25 min from there. From Komatsu Airport: about 10 min by bus to JR Komatsu Station. Transfer to the JR line train at Komatsu Station, about 10 min from there. (2) By Plane From Haneda Airport: about 1 hr to Komatsu Airport. 1. About 40 min by taxi from Komatsu Airport. 2. About 10 min by bus from Komatsu Airport to JR Komatsu Station. Transfer to the JR line train at Komatsu Station, about 10 min from there to Kagaonsen Station. (3) By Car From Kanazawa area: about 30 min via Komatsu IC on the expressway. From Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya areas: about 20 min via Kaga IC on the expressway.
This is a ryokan for all seasons. In the winter months, you can relax in the onsen, either a private one attached to your room or the general hotel one. There is nothing like feeling the refreshing cold breeze as you are cocooned in the warmth of a hot spring. For the summer months, guests have access to the ryokan swimming pool where they can take a few laps in order to cool off. The staff are always ready and waiting to deliver high-quality Japanese food up to your room. The rooms are classically Japanese in their furnishing and beautifully maintained. Guest are given the chance to participate in traditional Japanese pastimes such as private Karaoke rooms, taiko drums, and relaxing massages.
Hatori Ryokan Onsen sports a traditional Japanese aesthetic. The building is beautifully designed and the rooms are the perfect representation of modern Japan. The floors are lined with tatami mats, yet there are huge comfy beds and flat-screen TVs. Massages and spa treatments are available at Aesthetic Salon Hanashobu. Here you can unwind and just be yourself in the serene, peaceful environment. Afterward, why not take a dip in the outdoor onsen. You can relax in the warm and comfortably bathe whilst looking up at the stars. Dinner at the ryokan is served in an Izayaka style. This is like a Japanese pub, where you are encouraged to order lots of small dishes to go with your drinks.
Tachibana Shikitei offers guest massive Japanese-style rooms. You can choose between European-style beds or Asian futons, both extremely comfortable and high quality. The most opulent rooms have an open-air bath attached. Here you can have a romantic and relaxing soak with whoever you want in total privacy. The restaurant serves traditional Japanese-Kaiseki-style meals. These are delicious and carefully prepared, but what sets them apart from other places is their desserts. Japanese-style desserts are a whole new spectrum of tastes compared to western desserts. They cant take some getting used to but if you are open to new experience these cakes, ice creams, and other sweets can be deliciously addictive.
The staff of Kohan-no-Yado Morimoto is always on hand to help you have the most pleasant stay possible. There is even a shuttle bus to and from JR Kaga Onsen Train Station so that you can get to the hotel without any trouble. The rooms are styled after traditional Japanese ryokan. You can choose from both indoor and outdoor onsen that can be booked if you want a more private experience.
Address: Katayamazu Onsen 63-1
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Kaga is a slice of authentic Japanese culture in the middle of the country. It is very connected to the roots of Japanese culture and offers many relaxing onsens. Any of these fine establishments will give you an amazing onsen experience.