Recommended Places (2h – 3h)
Rokuro-no-Sato Arts and Crafts Hall
Of all the lacquerware produced in Japan, Yamanaka lacquerware, from its earliest origins, has always been distinguishable by its woodturning techniques using a lathe. Try your hand at woodturning at Rokuro-no-Sato Arts and Crafts Hall, where you can make your own bowl to take home with you. It is about 5 minutes by car from Yamanaka Onsen, in a neighbourhood that has retained its traditional atmosphere and is home to a Yamanaka-nuri lacquerware
Wagatani and Kutani Dam
Visitors come here in the spring to enjoy the cherry blossom trees that cover the banks, and in the autumn to see the mountain shed its layer of green for a vivid coat of red, yellow, and orange. There is a red suspension bridge near Wagatani Dam which leads to the mountain trail of Mt Fujishagatake. Nearby there is another dam, Kutani Dam that you can also see.
While the Kaga City area has three historic hot spring towns, Yamanaka Onsen has always been loved by many for its enchanting landscape created by mountain and river. A short walk from its town centre, Kakusenkei Gorge is a lush green area that enjoys the clear flow of the Daishoji River, graceful waterfalls and soothing bird calls. The river is crossed by three bridges. Korogi Bridge, built in the most traditional way using only cypress wood, p
Yuge Kaido Street
Yuge Kaido Street is Yamanaka Onsen’s main street which extends from the square at the heart of town. ‘Yuge’ means steam from hot springs, the fragrance of which heralds the arrival of a relaxing onsen. Filled with cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops, this elegant and picturesque street has managed to preserve the lively atmosphere of typical Japanese onsen towns. There are also specialty shops of local craft ateliers in particular, Yama