Including its public baths, Awazu Onsen's most interesting attractions are the beautiful temple complex of Natadera and the craft village Yunokunimori, showcasing the various local crafts of Ishikawa. The village is also home to the world's oldest hotel still in operation, Hoshi Ryokan, founded in A.D. 718.
Access Awazu Onsen by train then by bus or taxi.
Awazu Onsen is a 35-minute bus ride from Kaga Onsen Station on the CANBUS, which also stops at Natadera Temple. There are 1-3 departures per hour.
From Awazu Station on the JR Hokuriku line, a bus or a taxi brings you to the center of town in ten minutes.
Outside of Awazu Onsen's center is Natadera Temple, founded in A.D. 717 and head temple of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. Immerse yourself in the contemplative surroundings with a visit through the expansive temple grounds. A walk around the temple and up stone steps past the jagged rock formations and meditation caves takes about half an hour.
If you have a bit of time and want to get to know all of the different types of crafts unique to Kaga Onsen and Ishikawa Prefecture, pay a visit to the Yunokuninomori craft village. Set in the middle of the forest outside of Awazu Onsen, each house in the village is dedicated to a specific craft, from traditional Japanese paper making, pottery, kaga yuzen silk design and gold leaf.
Awazu Onsen can be combined with explorations of Kaga Onsen's nearby villages Yamashiro Onsen and Yamanaka Onsen, a short bus ride away.