15 minutes by bus from the Kaga Onsen station, Yamashiro Onsen is another authentic hot spring town thoroughly keeping alive both its secular traditions and hedonistic life-style that live through its legacy in the field of traditional crafts and excellence in gastronomy for you to discover.
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This museum displays through permanent and temporary exhibitions a large collection of works that embody the rich tradition and very diverse styles of the Kutani Porcelain, which originated in the Kaga area during the 17th century. Besides the Kutani art gallery lie the remains of the oldest climbing kiln from the time of the Kutani revival. The kiln was built in 1826 and remained active until 1940. Inside the building, you will have the opportunity to attend two different workshops under the guidance of trained craftsmen. Both the potter’s wheel and painting workshops are available under reservation.
You can rent a kimono at the very popular Taniguchi Kusaka store, which was founded back in 1912 and enjoy wearing it while walking around Yamashiro Onsen. Kimonos for men are also available.
You can also experience the green tea ceremony and learn how to play the koto here. Japanese accessories and miscellaneous good are also on sale.
Kimono wearing: ¥5,400 (30 min.)
Japanese confectionery and Tea Ceremony/Koto playing + ¥2,000 (+30 min.)
A nice ceramic gallery and shop associated with a dynasty of ceramic artists active in Yamashiro Onsen since the 19th century. At the entrance of this traditional building, emblematic of the merchant houses at the turn of the 19th century, one can admire the reproduction of a wood sign that was carved by Kitaoji Rosanjin, a well-known Japanese artist who learnt the art of pottery under Suda Seika while staying at the Iroha Soan cottage in 1915.
Right in the center of Yamashiro Onsen, you can’t miss this building. Making an elegant use of the region’s finest crafts such as lacquerware, porcelain and stained glasses, this is one of the two Yamashiro Onsen hot spring public bathhouses. The Kosoyu was rebuilt exactly the way it was during the Meiji era. Although not equipped with usual separate spaces for shower, it is still a worth going place for relaxing and soaking in a nostalgic and refined scenery.
After the bath you might enjoy another relaxing time while having some tea on the second floor from where you can look over the town of Yamashiro Onsen. In the evening the building is lighted up so you can enjoy it in another different way.
This place is associated with the memory of Kitaoji Rosanjin, a famous multifaceted artist who stayed and worked in this cozy beautiful cottage for a few months around 1915. Then a noted calligrapher and wood carver, he got acquainted there with the art of pottery and would ultimately become famous as a gourmet. Preserving most of the cottage’s original lay-out and its “belle époque” atmosphere, the interior displays many examples of works by the artist and some of his contemporaries such as Suda Seika with whom he studied briefly . You can also enjoy a very relaxing cup of tea while gazing at the beautiful enclosed garden.
A fine Japanese cooking restaurant with an equally traditional atmosphere. In addition to the various set menus using local ingredients, the popular "Kaga Kani Gohan" making use of snow crab harvested in Sea of Japan is highly recommended.
※The "Kaga Kani Gohan " requires a reservation ideally a day in advance
- Kaga Kani Gohan
The Kaga Kani Gohan is a Kaga branded original cooking menu available in different forms at several of the most emblematic restaurants around Kaga.
In the Hazuchio café, located nearby the Kosoyu, we highly recommend the "Kaga parfait" which makes abundant use of Kaga area’s fruits and vegetables. Miscellaneous Japanese goods are proposed in the adjoining shop Ninuriya where you can purchase or simply admire handmade Kutani Ceramic and Yamanaka lacquerware items crafted by some of Kaga city's best contemporary artists.
- Kaga Parfait
The Kaga parfait is another Kaga branded original recipe proposed under different variations at 6 emblematic restaurants and cafes around Kaga.
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