Whilst there are plenty of historic attractions in Kanazawa, the city itself is quite modern. If you are seeking a spot that is quieter and less touristy, Yuwaku Onsen (湯涌温泉) that is 60 minutes away by bus from Kanazawa’s city centre can be a great choice. The hot spring town that has a history as long as 1,300 years is surrounded by rich nature and a different type of traditional atmosphere to the tea house districts in Kanazawa. It is also where the anime – Hanasaku Iroha (花咲くいろは) that was broadcasted in 2011 was modelled on!Read more
Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) at northern Hyōgo Prefecture has become more and more popular among tourists both locally and overseas. And it won’t be hard to understand the reason at all once you have seen the Michelin two-star rated scenery from Mt. Daishi (大師山) and the other historical and cultural charms of the hot spring resort that has prospered for more than 1,300 years!Read more
For anyone out there who wants to be at the summit of a mountain the lazy way but doesn’t want to splurge on some fancy transportation mode (i.e., a gondola lift), check out Mt. Akita-Komagatake (秋田駒ヶ岳) in Akita prefecture! Although you have to hike a bit longer than Mt. Iwaki in Aomori prefecture, it only takes a bus trip from JR Tazawako Station (田沢湖駅) to the 8th station of Mt. Akita Komagatake before you start the 60 – 90 minutes easy hike to the summit!Read more
Arima Onsen (有馬温泉) is one of the three most famous onsen towns in Japan. Located just 30 minutes from Kobe, the town that is known for the moisturising and relaxing hot spring is also filled with a range of leisure activities to keep you entertained! Arima Onsen is also known as a summer resort as the area is cooler compared to the city centre because it is at the valley of Mt. Rokkō (六甲山). On the other hand, if you come to Kansai in winter looking for some snow, it is where you want to go if you can’t find any in Osaka or Kobe!Read more
Located in the western part of Iwate prefecture in the Northeast of Japan, Appi Kogen (安比高原) is an alluringly beautiful place for relaxing walks along the plateau from Spring to Autumn. When the region transforms into a winter wonderland, many flocks to Appi Kogen for skiing or snowboarding on its high-quality snow! (Appi Ski Resort is said to be comparable with the resorts in Hokkaido!)
If you enjoy spending time with nature and love outdoor activities, then Appi Kogen in Iwate prefecture is definitely a spot that you won’t want to miss out on (^_-)-☆.Read more
Tamagawa Onsen (玉川温泉) in Akita prefecture is a special hot spring resort. It consists of two ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) nestled in the mountains of Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Why is it special? Because it is ranked number one for both the acidity of the spring at pH1.2 and the amount of spring water gushing out from one source at 9,000 litres per minute!
With its strong acidity and the non-toxic traces of radium radiation from the rare rocks at the source of the spring, the onsen is said to be able to cure any illness. This is why Tamagawa Onsen is known as the Hot Spring For Recuperation.Read more
Nyūtō Onsen (乳頭温泉郷) is a rural hot spring resort in Akita prefecture (秋田県) that consists of six ryokans and one hotel, each having its own history, style and, spring quality. Listed as one of the 100 Japan Hidden Scenic Spots (日本の秘境100選), the resort is quietly nestled deep in the mountain at the base of Mt. Nyūtō.Read more
Katayamazu Onsen ((片山津温泉)) is a small onsen town created by the reclamation of part of Lake Shibayama (柴山潟) during the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912). The biggest appeal of the town is the stunning view of Mt. Haku or Mt. Hakusan (白山) being reflected on Lake Shibayama on a clear sunny day, which visitors can admire while strolling or cycling on the promenade around the lake. If you are spending a whole day in Katayamazu Onsen, remember to check the colour of the lake throughout the day as the colour of the lake changes dramatically seven times a day (depending on the weather)!Read more
Yamashiro Onsen, the biggest onsen town in Kaga, is a popular hot spring destination for onsen aficianados. With facilities providing different types of onsen, tourists often spend the majority of their stay in Yamashiro Onsen, indulging themselves in one onsen pool after another.
The town is also where Kutani-ware was revived. Museums and galleries are scattered throughout the town for all the pottery lovers to explore the history and the beauty of this local specialty.Read more
Just like its name, Yamanaka Onsen (山中温泉) in Kaga City is located deep in the mountains next to a beautiful hidden valley. First discovered 1,300 years ago by an eminent monk of the time, Gyōki (行基), the place was developed into an onsen district in the late 12th century. Apart from the onsen with great medical benefits and stunning nature, Yamanaka Onsen is also known for Yamanaka lacquerware, making it a perfect spot to enjoy the beauty of both nature and Japanese culture and traditional craft.Read more