Yamanaka Onsen(Kaga Onsen)

Yamanaka Onsen, 1300 years of glorious history

Introduction of Hot Springs (Onsen)

Yamanaka Onsen plays a part of Kaga hot spring village where the beautiful Kourogi (Cricket) Bridge, built with all Japanese cypress wood, stands over Kakusenkei Gorge.

The rich history of 1300 years can be sensed through the places of scenic beauty and historic interest, such as Ayatori Bridge which stands out for its unique S-curved design in red-purple colors, Kurotani Bridge which is a solemn stone bridge with beautiful arch-shaped base.

Matsuo Basho, a master of Haiku (Japanese poems of seventeen syllables) and travel writer during Edo period, described Yamanaka Onsen as one of top3 hot springs in his major work “Oku no Hosomichi” (The Narrow Road to the Deep North, one of the major texts of classical Japanese literature). Yamanaka Onsen has still maintained its historical appearance from those old days.

Kikuno-yu is a public bath house where the main hot spring source was found. The bath house is built in solemn Tempyo architecture (style from 8th century, with influences from West Asia), and has been loved as a symbol of Yamanaka Osen.

Effects and characteristics of Hot Springs

Yamanaka Onsen was founded 1300 years ago. Another story states that a man found the hot spring source while following an injured white egret and seeing it bath in the hot waters.

A Haiku poet, Matsuo Basho praised this hot spring in his Haiku poem as one of best three hot springs in Japan in his work of “Oku no Hosomichi”

This hot spring water is drinkable, and considered effective on Gallstone, chronic constipation, obesity, diabetes and gout.
  • Spring Qualities

    Sulfate hot-spring
  • Efficacy

    Neuralgia Muscle stiffness


Access by public transportation.

Approx 30 min by bus from Kaga Onsen Station

Access by car

Approx 15 min from Kaga IC

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