## A premier hot spring resort overlooking Nanao Bay
Tucked back in Nanao Bay is Wakura Onsen. With over 20 onsen inns and a public bathhouse, this hot spring resort has a long history of attracting visitors from all over the world. Come enjoy the serenity of Nanao Bay as you relax in one of Wakura's premier hot springs.
In 1880, Wakura's water won third prize at a global mineral springs expo held in Germany
Wakura's springs are known for their healing abilities
Every year, over one million visitors come to this hot spring town
Wakura Onsen is accessible from Osaka and Tokyo via a 3.5-hour train ride or a bus ride from Kanazawa.
From Osaka, take the JR Thunderbird to Wakura Onsen Station. From Tokyo, take the JR Joetsu Shinkansen to Echigo-Yuzawa Station and then the JR Hakutata to Wakura Onsen Station.
To get there by bus, take the Hokutetsu-Noto highway bus, which leaves from Kanazawa Station twice a day from bus stop #1 and arrives in central Wakura Onsen. The ride takes an hour and 50 minutes.
Wakura Onsen, which was founded over 1,200 years ago, is one of the oldest hot spring resorts in the region. The large ryokan offers guests excellent baths with gorgeous views.
Even if you are visiting Wakura Onsen on a day trip, you can still enjoy the best of Wakura. The Wakura Onsen Soyu is a public bathhouse located in the center of town. The building, which was restored in 2011, is beautifully illuminated at night. To enjoy superb views of Nanao Bay, head to Yuttari Park and enjoy the free foot bath.
One fun thing to do while in Wakura Onsen is to try making your own shio-ontama, an egg cooked slowly in the hot spring's waters.
Due to its proximity to the mountains and ocean, Wakura is also renowned for its fresh, diverse dishes. Be sure to explore the local food scene.
A number of bottlenose dolphins have made a home around Noto Island in the center of Nanao Bay. This is a fairly recent development, and the island offers a range of activities for visitors to enjoy the dolphins, including swimming with them.
The island can be accessed from Wakura Onsen via the 1,050-meter-long Notojima Ohashi Bridge. Renting a bicycle in Wakura Onsen's town center and crossing the bridge is a great way to begin an adventure on Noto Island.