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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Relaxation

Yamanaka Onsen 山中温泉

A hot spring haven in the foothills of Mt. Hakusan

Yamanaka Onsen is set in the mountainous area of Kaga Onsen, situated along a beautiful gorge. Experience the area's lauded hot springs, lacquerware, and woodturning.

Don't Miss

  • Walking along nature paths
  • Trying your hand at woodturning
  • A bath at the renowned Kikunoyu

How to Get There

Yamanaka Onsen is in Ishikawa Prefecture and can be accessed by train to Kaga Onsen Station, followed by CANBUS, the area's tour bus.

The Kaga area CANBUS starts from JR Kaga Onsen Station and makes stops in Yamanaka Onsen on the mountain course, taking around 40 minutes.

Hailed by the haiku poet Basho

The famous haiku poet, Matsuo Basho, spent time in Yamanaka Onsen and applauded the hot springs as some of the best in Japan. He even wrote a haiku about it. At the Kikunoyu bathhouse, which stands in the plaza at the center of town, you can experience these mineral-rich healing waters first-hand as they warm the body and soul. It has two separate buildings, one for women and one for men.

Kikunoyu

A stroll along the gorge

A walk along the forest trail by the beautiful Kakusenkei gorge is one of the highlights of a visit to Yamanaka. Stop at the riverside cafes serving traditional Japanese sweets, and enjoy the forested surroundings. Traditional and modern bridges cross the gorge, all of which you can admire from the path.

Woodturning and lacquerware

There are numerous galleries displaying the crafts of the area, in particular, Yamanaka lacquerware, which has a 400-year history. The region is abundant in chestnut and keyaki trees, which are used to make gorgeous plates and bowls. The main feature of Yamanaka lacquerware is the technique of carving the wood on a lathe and the way it highlights the natural beauty of the wood grain. You can try your hand at woodturning at Yamanaka's Mokume and make your own beautiful bowl to take home with you.

Rest your head

The downtown Yamanaka area has several traditional ryokan, or Japanese inns, and is a great base for exploring the villages of Kaga Onsen. Known for their excellent service and beautiful meals, a stay at a ryokan is a quintessentially Japanese experience.

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