Kiku no Yu a public bathhouse located in the centre of Yamanaka Onsen area

Kiku no Yu Public Bathhouse

A bathhouse building for women
1)A bathhouse building for women
2)Drinkable Onsen hotwater
3)Onsen hot water makes your health well

Timeless Soothing Stream

The source of the hot spring in Yamanaka Onsen is said to have been discovered some 1300 years ago by the famous high priest Gyoki (668-749), and the public bathhouse was opened as a sacred place where people could cure their injuries and diseases. In the Edo era (1603-1868), one of the greatest Japanese haiku poets MATSUO Basho (1644-1694) spent time in Yamanaka Onsen to relieve travel fatigue and he applauded its hot springs as some of the best in Japan. He even wrote a haiku about them. Today, Yamanaka Onsen’s public bath is named Kiku no Yu taken from a Basho haiku, and the location hasn’t changed since the town began. It consists of two separate buildings, a men's bath and a women's bath, which stand in the square at the centre of town. Soaking in a hot spring is a great way to relax after taking an enchanting stroll amidst the green of Kakusenkei Gorge. You can also enjoy a foot bath outside the Kasa no Tsuyu free of charge.

Information

Kiku no Yu Public Bathhouse

Open: Daily 6:45-22:30 (occasional temporary closures)
Entrance fee: Adults ¥460; children between 6 and 11 ¥130; children between 3 and 5 years old ¥50; infants, free
Access: 30 minutes from JR Kaga Onsen Station by local bus. Get off at ‘Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal’, 6 minutes on foot.
Tel: 0761-78-4026
Address: Re-11 Yunodemachi, Yamanaka Onsen, Kaga, 922-0124 Ishikawa