True to its name, Unazuki Onsen offers hot spring bathing and hospitality year round and is also the first stop on the Kurobe Gorge Railway.
It is accessible by train.
From Tokyo, catch the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Kurobe Unazuki Onsen (not to be confused with the similarly named Unazuki Onsen Station). This segment of your journey takes about 150 minutes and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass. Then, take the Toyama Chiho Railway to your destination (25 minutes but not covered by Japan Rail Pass).
From Kyoto or Osaka, take the JR Thunderbird limited express to Kanazawa, then transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen and head to Kurobe Unazuki Onsen Station (see above). Allow about three hours for the journey.
The hot spring produces 3,000 tons of water per day
Unazuki local beer is brewed using water from the Kurobe River
A mere 25 minutes from a shinkansen station, Unazuki Onsen is easily accessible to travellers with Japan Rail Pass. It’s worth visiting, either as a stop-off on the Kurobe Gorge Railway or as a destination in its own right. In addition to the charming mountainside setting, Unazuki Onsen benefits from a network of hot spring bathing facilities and a beer hall serving local craft brews.
Some foreign visitors to Japan quail at the prospect of public bathing, whether out of shyness or uncertainty about etiquette. Once you’ve developed a taste for it, though, there’s no turning back. Why not check in to one of Unazuki’s many hotels and learn the ropes? Any long-term resident will tell you it’s a vital part of the Japan experience.
You can visit Unazuki Onsen year round.
The Kurobe Gorge Railway runs from mid-April to the end of November, with autumn being the undisputed peak tourist season.