Japan’s Hokuriku region became easily accessible with the start of the new Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train in March 2015. Here you can drink the clean mineral water flowing down from the Kurobe mountain range, eat delicious seafood and vegetables, as well as try splendid skin beautification hot springs. Let me introduce you Hotel Togen, conveniently located near Kurobe Gorge Torokko Railway’s Unazuki Station!
Unazuki Onsen Station has a hot spring fountain
With the opening of Hokuriku Shinkansen, the access from Kanto region to Unazuki Onsen became very easy. The name “Unazuki” contains the kanji characters of Uji (near Kyoto) and Nara, signifying that the full moon seen here is just as beautiful as from those places.
On the photo you can see Toyama Railway’s Unazuki Onsen Station. The hot spring fountain with water coming from Kurobe Gorge’s Kuronagi Onsen is the symbol of the town.
A hot spring to relax in and detoxify your body
Hotel Togen is located just a few minutes away from Unazuki Onsen Station. Everything here is simply great – the food, the hot spring, the view. Let me first introduce the hot spring. It’s a low-alkaline thermal hot spring with transparent water in abundant quantities, and it’s very good for the skin. The mineral ions remove the keratin and the fat, the low-alkaline water gently embraces your skin, while the carbon dioxide gases detoxify your body. You can relax easily in this hot spring full of minerals.
There are granite pools, rock pools, open air pools with a panorama view, and a private pool. Many private pools are big enough just for a couple of people, but this open-air one can easily accommodate 8 people and there is even a space to lie on the granite.
On the photo you can see the panorama pool with a view to the emerald-green Kurobe River. The pool is 70-centimeter deep! You can enter all the way up to your shoulders! This bath is open 24 hours per day so feel free to go whenever you like.
Delicious seafood from Toyama Bay
Warm surface currents and cold deeper water currents meet in Toyama Bay which creates a natural fish tank with over 500 different species of sea life. It’s often called Japan’s seafood treasure.
The menu at Hotel Togen consists of freshly caught firefly squid boiled with vegetables, Toyama Bay’s gem – the white shrimp – and many other delicious seafood and mountain blessings. The dishes change according to the season – in winter the specialty is amberjack and snow crab, while in spring it’s the famous firefly squids.
Hotel Togen has a fantastic panorama view
From the Japanese-style room you can enjoy the relaxing aroma of the soft rush growing just outside the hotel. There is a sofa on the balcony from which you can watch Kurobe River and chat with friends after lunch. In fact, you can watch the natural surroundings from any room in this hotel, and that’s its greatest asset. The emerald-green Kurobe River changes its color throughout the day: in the morning it’s fresh blue, while in the afternoon it turns deeper shade of green. The changes depend on the weather and the season.
Kurobe Gorge Torokko Railway
The most famous attraction of Kurobe Gorge is the Torokko Railway train which runs for about 20 kilometers from Unazuki to Keiyakidaira. This gorge is known as one of Japan’s three best gorges. It’s also included in the list of Japan’s best 100 secluded regions. The sightseeing train winds along the mountain slopes and crosses bridges over the river. This exciting journey begins from Unazuki Station which is just a few minutes away from Hotel Togen.
Other sightseeing spots accessible from Unazuki Onsen Station
Hotel Togen offers the opportunity to enjoy delicious food, nice hot springs and a great view. Especially the hot springs will surely be appreciated by female guests for their skin beautification effect. The Kurobe Gorge Torokko Railway is just a few minutes away, while Tateyama Station, popular as the starting point of the famous Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route is an hour away. The touristic season in Kurobe begins every spring. Now that this place is accessible through the Hokuriku Shinkansen, you can easily visit it and enjoy its beauty.
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