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Kaga & Hakusan

Rejuvenating hot springs and seafaring history backdropped by mountains

The southern part of Ishikawa is defined by geothermic hot springs, towering mountains, and the Sea of Japan. Kaga Onsen includes four distinct hot-spring villages, while the 2,700-meter-high Mt. Hakusan has been a destination for ascetic worship since ancient times.

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Rejuvenating hot springs

Kaga Onsen is a collection of four unique hot-spring villages: Yamashiro, Yamanaka, Katayamazu, and Awazu. Each has accommodation options ranging from modest, family-run inns to luxurious ryokan. Ichirino Onsen is located at the foot of Mt. Hakusan and is a base for the adjacent ski area.

Rejuvenating hot springs

Outdoor adventures

Hakusan National Park has a wealth of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Mt. Hakusan itself is open to climbers during the summer. In winter, Hakusan becomes a destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other snow sports. The Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road passes waterfalls, observation points, and hiking trails on the way to Shirakawa-go.

Outdoor adventures

Deep-rooted history

Natadera Temple has been a sacred site for centuries and today combines Buddhist, Shinto, and local nature worship. Its cliffs and traditional-style gardens create a majestic scene. Crafts such as Yamanaka lacquerware and Kutani porcelain ware continue to flourish in the area. Kitamaebune merchant ships were integral to the development of modern Japan, and their legacy lives on at the Kitamaebune Ship Museum and the surrounding Hashitate district.

Deep-rooted history

Must-see spots

Kakusenkei Gorge

Scenic gorge and walking trail cutting through Yamanaka Onsen

Kutani-yaki Art Museum

Hundreds of years of local porcelain art on display

Natadera Temple

Dramatic cliffs tower over unique temple buildings and serene gardens

Mt. Hakusan Hiking

Scale the region’s tallest mountain, considered sacred for over a millennium

Yamashiro Onsen

Majestic onsen village with high-end ryokan and a historic public bath

Getting here

Kaga Onsen Station is a stop on limited express trains that run from Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya to Kanazawa. The ride from Kanazawa is about 25 minutes (or an hour on local trains). The trip from Osaka, Kyoto, or Nagoya takes 2–3 hours.

Komatsu Airport serves domestic flights from Tokyo, Sapporo, Sendai, Fukuoka, and Okinawa, and international flights from Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei.

Getting around

Canbus operates two loop buses around Kaga Onsen with economical one- and two-day pass options. The loops connect Kaga Onsen Station with onsen villages and sightseeing spots, and a branch line runs to Komatsu Airport. Hokutetsu bus operates local routes directly to Yamanaka Onsen, Yamashiro Onsen, and Katayamazu Onsen from Kaga Onsen Station. Some accommodations offer private pickup services from Kaga Onsen Station.

Renting a car allows more flexibility, particularly when exploring Hakusan. Agencies are located at Kaga Onsen Station and Komatsu Airport.