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How to Enjoy Wakura Onsen

How to Enjoy Wakura Onsen

Translated by Shinji Takaramura

Written by Ito Kentaro

Ishikawa 2015.03.14 Bookmark

Wakura is a small town, and easy to walk around in a short period of time. This article is for the first-time visitor, introducing a plan to fully enjoy Wakura Onsen (hot springs) after arriving at noon.


Wakura is a small town, and easy to walk around in a short period of time. This article is for the first-time visitor, introducing a plan to fully enjoy Wakura Onsen (hot springs) after arriving at noon.

1 p.m. The Fantastic, Fresh Seafood Lunch

Kaisen Donburi

Thanks to the Hokuriku Shinkansen, you will be able to arrive at Wakura on noon, by leaving Tokyo in the morning.
For lunch, you have to try the fresh seafood. Wakura Onsen is located by the sea, which provides a fertile fishing ground. However, if you are worried that the dinner at the ryokan (Japansese-style inn) might be the same menu, try something that will not be served for dinner. For instance, sushi or kaisen donburi (a large bowl of rice topped with fresh seafood).

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2 p.m. Ashiyu


After the seafood lunch, let's take a break. If you find a wooden box too small to be a bathtub, that is the ashiyu (footbath). Take off your shoes and socks, and just enjoy the hot springs. It is an ideal way to rest your feet.

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3 p.m. Check In at the Ryokan


At 3 p.m., most of the ryokan (Japanese-style inn) starts welcoming guests. It will be fun to imagine what kind of a guestroom they have for you. Most of the guestrooms are tatami rooms, so don't be afraid to ask if you have any questions. The ryokan people will surely answer with a smile.

4 p.m. Strolling the Town, and Trying the Delicious Sweets


After you leave your baggage at the ryokan, why don't you take a walk? There is still some time until dinner, and you may want a bite. Try Wakura Onsen's tasty sweets. The check-in counter at the ryokan sells 500 yen "sweets ticket," and you can get three kinds of sweets in exchange. The sweets will do wonders on your weary body.

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6 p.m. Enjoying the Sunset from an Open-Air Bath


You should try the onsen (hot springs) while it's still light, in order to enjoy the view. Most of the seaside ryokans have open-air baths which offer a view of the ocean. The sight of the sun setting into the mirror-like Nanao Bay is breathtaking. The view of Nanao Bay changes constantly according to the time, weather, and season. You will be transfixed by it.

7 p.m. Food from the Land and Sea: A Japanese-style Full Course Dinner


After getting warm in the onsen, it's finally dinner time. This is the true joy of staying at a ryokan. Fish from the Nanao Bay, and other dishes line up on the table. The Wakura soil is fit for growing vegetables, so the dishes are sure to bring a smile to your face.

9 p.m. Bar-Hopping in Wakura


Since you have travelled far, and it's still early, let's take an after-dinner walk. Wakura is a small town, and the bars are located close to each other. The way to enjoy the night life in Wakura is to go bar-hopping. Each bar has a distinctive atmosphere, not to mention speciality dishes and liquor. They are all full of hospitality, so you might find yourself tipsy in no time.

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11 p.m. Good Night

Japanese ryokans tend to serve breakfast at 7 or 8 a.m., and it's best to take a morning bath before eating. To enjoy Wakura Onsen fully, you should go to bed early and also get up early.

And Last...


This article is for those who just arrived at Wakura Onsen, or those planning a short stay. It's only an example, and there are various ways to enjoy your stay. We will be waiting for your suggestions.

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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