Day-Trip Hot Springs and Tasty Treats at Unazuki Onsen
Unazuki Onsen is known as one of the best hot-spring spots in Toyama Prefecture. You can stay overnight at a traditional Japanese inn and soak as many times as you want in the hot springs, or also visit on a day trip to enjoy the thermal waters and a bite to eat.
* Business hours and days of operation are subject to change, so please contact the businesses mentioned in this article directly for the latest information.
* This article was adapted from work by a local reporter living in Toyama Prefecture.
Unazuki Onsen is one of the most popular hot-spring resorts in Toyama Prefecture, accessible by car and also by train. It is located about three hours from Tokyo and one hour from Kanazawa by train. Known for its beautifying waters, your skin will feel silky smooth after a soak.
The Kurobe Gorge Railway operates here, with sightseeing trains that run between Unazuki Station and Keyakidaira Station, another attraction of the area.
At Unazuki-Onsen Station, there’s also a bench decorated to look like a miniature train, where you can take some fun photos.
The sightseeing trains passing through the gorge make for picturesque photos, and there are many different vantage points from which you can take pictures. Enjoy taking a stroll and enjoying the natural scenery while you watch the trains go by.
Day-Trip Hot Spring: Hotel Kurobe
From the open-air bath at Hotel Kurobe, you can catch a glimpse of the sightseeing trains running on the other side of the river. The tub is deep enough for the water to come up to your shoulders, keeping you warm even in the coldest season.
Address: 7 Unazuki Onsen, Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture
Onsen Hours for Outside Guests: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: Adults 1,100 yen, children 550 yen
Phone Number: 0765-62-1331
Day-Trip Hot Spring: Entaijiso
Established in 1900, this traditional inn, or ryokan, with a storied history has been visited by numerous celebrities. The flow and temperature of the water drawn into the bath are manually adjusted by skilled staff who know the hot spring inside and out. You can see their attention to detail throughout, making a visit to this ryokan’s hot spring a truly luxurious experience that is not to be missed.
Address: 53 Unazuki Onsen, Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture
Onsen Hours for Outside Guests: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: Adults 1,000 yen, elementary school students and younger 500 yen
Phone Number: 0765-62-1234
Day-Trip Hot Spring: Osake no Oyado Kisen
Osake no Oyado Kisen has an open-air bath with an amazing sense of spaciousness. The beautiful natural scenery spreads out before your eyes as you soak in the tub. The inn also offers a variety of local alcoholic beverages. Kisen is also a great place for an overnight stay.
Osake no Oyado Kisen
Address: 1387 Otozawa, Unazuki Town, Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture
Onsen Hours for Outside Guests: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: 800 yen (400 yen for children under elementary school age)
Phone Number: 0765-62-1321
Tasty Treats: Cafe Baked Sho
If you visit Unazuki Onsen, you can’t miss the local gem that is Cafe Baked Shou. The handmade pizzas, which are baked to order by the owner, are especially delicious, with firm and chewy dough that will knock you off your feet. Since the toppings change depending on the day, there’s always something new to try.
The store’s colorful interior and cute displays provide photogenic backgrounds for snapping some pictures for your socials. On top of that, the cafe owner is very friendly and hospitable, so you can expect a warm welcome.
The apple pie here is served in generous portions. If you don’t have room in your stomach for it, you can get it to go.
Cafe Baked Shou
Address: 243-16 Unazuki Onsen, Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture
Business Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (closed Mondays and Fridays)
Phone Number: 0765-32-4779
Tasty Treats: Alpen Cheesecake
As you exit Unazuki-Onsen Station, you’ll come across this stylish shop with a memorably minimalist logo right as you exit. You definitely don’t want to miss Alpen Cheesecake, a store newly opened as of February 1, 2020, that offers a new local specialty in Unazuki.
One thing you must try is the phantom Alpen cheesecake, a sweet only sold at the eat-in counter because of its shelf life of just ten minutes. With a melt-in-your-mouth texture, this is truly a fantastic cheesecake that you will be sure to remember. If you want to try one of these beautiful cheesecakes, make sure to stop by early, as they are sold in limited numbers.
Address: 1F Unazuki-Onsen Station, 260 Unazuki Onsen, Kurobe City, Toyama Prefecture
Business Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Phone Number: 0765-62-2055
Unazuki Onsen is a great place to visit, with many sights and attractions. The hot springs and businesses mentioned in this article are just a handful of the fun places you can include on a trip there. Feel free to visit on a day trip from Toyama, Takaoka, or further destinations such as Kanazawa, but the absolute best way to experience its relaxing atmosphere and beautiful scenery is to stop by and spend a night or two.
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