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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

Wakura Onsen 和倉温泉

## 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.

Don't Miss

  • Soaking in one of Wakura's world-famous hot springs
  • Catching a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins from Noto Island
  • Trying a local dish with ingredients fresh from the surrounding sea and mountains

Quick Facts

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

How to Get There

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.

One of Ishikawa's leading hot spring destinations

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.

So hot you should boil some eggs

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.

Meet the dolphins around Noto Island

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.

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