Yamashiro Onsen 山代温泉
Traditional bathhouses, history and Kutani earthenware
Inland from Kaga Onsen Station in Ishikawa Prefecture is the quaint village of Yamashiro Onsen, boasting historical bathhouses at the town center.
- The oldest kutani kiln in the world
- A visit to the Meiji era Kosoyu bathouse
How to Get There
Yamashiro Onsen is located in Ishikawa Prefecture , and can be accessed by train plus the CANBUS, the tour bus in Kaga city area.
Yamashiro Onsen is a 15-minute bus ride from Kaga Onsen Station on the Kaga area CANBUS.
Immerse yourself in bathing culture
At the center of town is the atmospheric Yunogawa district, where you will find the bathhouses Kosoyu and Yamashiro Soyu. Kosoyu is a reproduction of a Meiji era (1868-1912) public bathhouse, decorated with kutaniyaki tiles, and on the second floor there is a bright relaxation area. Yamashiro Soyu is also adorned with the decorative tiles, and the baths are made from local stone.
Try your hand at pottery
At the Ancient Kutani Kiln Exhibition Center, you can see the ruins of the oldest Kutani bank kiln in the world. It was the site of the Yoshidaya kiln which operated during the late Meiji era. Learn about the fascinating history of kutani ware and try your hand at creating your own unique piece using an old-fashioned kick wheel.
Enjoy an elegant meal
There are also plenty of restaurants in the town to choose from, serving local specialties such as soba noodles, organic local produce, and a variety of Japanese sweets, presented on colorful Kutani ware dishes.
More bathhouses to dip into nearby
If you're not staying overnight at one of Yamashiro's traditional Japanese inns, the resort town of Yamanaka Onsen is just next door, offering even more opportunities to try the local bathhouses and further delve into the world of Japanese crafts.