## A lakeside resort town offering a quintessential Japanese onsen experience
The tranquil hot spring resort town of Katayamazu Onsen sits on the shores of Lake Shibayama on the Sea of Japan coast. The town boasts gorgeous views of the distant Hakusan mountain range, but it is the lake's restorative waters and striking public baths that draw visitors time and time again.
You can reach this resort town by train and then taxi or by bus.
Katayamazu Onsen is about a 15-minute taxi ride from JR Kaga Onsen Station. There are several stops at different locations in Katayamazu Onsen on the CANBUS Sea Route, which departs from JR Kaga Onsen Station.
The lake is said to change colors seven times each day
A 70-meter-high fountain in the middle of the lake sprays water 15 times a day
The hot spring waters in Katayamazu, which come directly from the lake, have a powerful thermal effect with curative properties. The town has several hot spring inns where you can stay for the night and enjoy the waters.
For many, the highlight of a visit is Katayamazu Soyu and its two public baths.
The marvelous modern architectural style of the bathhouse features floor-to-roof glass walls. The Katanoyu bath infinity pool overlooks the lake, while the Morinoyu bath is surrounded by lush greenery.
If pressed for time (or cash), consider soaking your feet in the free public footbath at Sunahase Park Alai Plaza. The footbath draws the same hot natural spring waters from the lake as the other onsen resorts.
One way to enjoy the lake is to cycle along the bicycle path by its shore.
Stop at one of the several cafes along the path, which serve dishes made with hot spring boiled eggs, coffee, sweets, and seafood. Keep an eye out for the mineral-rich souvenirs sold at many of the shops and hotels.
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