JAPAN Inspiration Gallery 1 Japan
Back to Listing

Kaga Onsen

Kaga Onsen is home to four charming hot spring villages, each made up of historic Onsen (bathhouses), traditional Ryokan (inns) and cobbled streets. Located in the south of Ishikawa prefecture, this area is famed for its natural steaming water, which bubbles up from the volcanic Mount Hakusan (2,702 m) nearby to feed the Onsen baths. Join the locals and wander narrow alleyways from bathhouse to bathhouse, dressed in yukata robes and wooden geta sandals, for an authentic Japanese experience.

Soaking in a communal Onsen is a beloved pastime for most Japanese and regarded as more than just a soothing activity, but a cultural ritual too. The mineral-rich hot spring water produces many health benefits, such as getting rid of toxins, alleviating pains and boosting circulation, and is therefore highly-revered for its properties – so much so, that it is often referred to as ‘the water of the gods’.

Relax and rejuvenate in the mineral-rich hot spring water and appreciate mother nature in Kaga Onsen. An integral part of Onsen culture is connecting with the natural world, thanks to its ancient roots in Shintoism - Japanese spirituality - which celebrates nature’s essence and beauty. A strong focus on the surrounding nature is no exception here, where you will become absorbed in a Zen atmosphere.

For those wishing to embrace the intricacies of Japanese culture and immerse themselves in its traditions, taking part in this activity is one of the experiential highlights of a tour to this unique country.

Under an hour’s train journey away from Kanazawa, Kaga Onsen is ideal for those who’d like to experience Japan’s Onsen culture without having to travel too deep into rural areas. While there are several villages to choose from - Yamanaka, Awazu, Yamashiro and Katayamazu – we particularly recommend you visit Yamanaka Onsen, which is famous for its delicate lacquerware and arguably the most scenic of the four and Yamashiro Onsen, whose old-fashioned baths were rebuilt a few years ago but remain faithful to the original Meiji-period design.

This is a charming destination for those seeking tranquility and relief from the hustle and bustle of Japan’s big cities. One idiosyncrasy to bear in mind is that tattoos are prohibited in most Japanese Onsen, although the more upscale hotels do sometimes make exceptions or offer private Onsen too.

Kaga Onsen Japan 2 Kaga Onsen Japan 2
Kaga Onsen Japan 1 Kaga Onsen Japan 1
Kaga Onsen Japan Kaga Onsen Japan
I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.
Bill Bryson

I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India

From our Instagram

The exhilarating city of #Tokyo has a world-renowned culinary scene & rightfully so! 🇯🇵
.
Be tempted to join ‘salarymen’ for an evening drink and #yakitori in restaurants and bar likes this 🏮🏮
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Atmospheric rural villages, mirror-still lakes and gracious locals sum up #Myanmar (#Burma) for us 🌅
.
📸 courtesy of @zayyarlin84
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
From mid May to mid October, The Ultimate Travelling Camp’s wonderful #ChambaCamp in #Thiksey (#Ladakh) will be open! 🏞
.
Our specialists stayed at this one-of-a-kind luxury tented camp last year and adored it - we guarantee that you will too 🏕
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Peek into the Himalayan Kingdom of #Bhutan & discover its extraordinary natural beauty with us 🇧🇹
.
Vibrant hues compliment earthy tones at every corner, especially within the hotly-anticipated #SixSensesBhutan lodges 🍂✨
.
📸 captured by @jamesjayasundera along his @sixsensesbhutan journey
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
✨Beautiful Udaipur✨
.
A pleasure palace built in the 1700s, the location for Octopussy and many a love story, @tajlakepalace is so magical, you can’t quite believe your eyes
.
📸 @the_adventuresofus during their whirlwind tour of India 🧡🇮🇳
. 
#AmpersandTravel
#LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Cascading rice terraces greet you in #Ubud 🍃🍃🍃
.
Balinese women make daily offerings of vibrant flowers and fruit to the gods 🍊🍐🍌🍎🌺💐
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Spot mighty lions in #SouthAfrica’s game reserves with the help of our expert guides 🐾 🇿🇦
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience #KrugerNationalPark #SabiSands #Madikwe
.
(📸 @chris_fischer_photography)
Perched up high in the Himalayan Kingdom, the new #SixSenses lodges sit in prime positions in #Bhutan
.
Our favourites are the sleek properties in #Paro and #Thimphu, for these offer phenomenal sweeping views over the pristine valleys below to the mountains beyond, which sit perfectly at eye-level
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Don’t miss out on #Teardrop’s new boutique hotels while touring #SriLanka 🇱🇰
.
Each sleek property brings a fresh twist to the traditional hill country - from #NineSkies in #Ella to #CamelliaHills in #Dickoya, plus #Goatfell in #NuwaraEliya 🍃
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience

Let us keep you up to date

Sign up to our newsletter and never miss out on unmissable exclusive luxury experiences