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Places to See

Soyu

Soyu

The origin of the soyu at Yamashiro Onsen dates back to the Edo period (1603-1867). Hotels and shops are built around the soyu and people come there to have a good time, a scene typical in the Japan of the past.

Admission:
12 years of age or above: 420 yen, 6 to 11 years of age: 130 yen, 3 to 5 years of age: 50 yen
Open:
6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Closed:
Mornings of the 4th Wednesday of the month (opens at noon)

Ko-Soyu

Kosoyu

Ko-soyu is the reproduction of an old soyu (public bathhouse) built in the Meiji period (1868-1912) with the same floor and Kutani-yaki tiled walls as the original. People come to soak in a bath in the traditional way.

Admission:
500 yen, 200 yen, 100 yen
Open:
6 a.m.-10 p.m. (subject to change during New Year holidays)
Closed:
Mornings of the 4th Wednesday of the month (opens at noon)

Hazuchio Gakudo

Hazuchio Gakudo

The wooden building with its high ceiling and fireplace create a cozy atmosphere. Dishes and sweets using local ingredients are served on interesting dinnerware.

Menu:
Vegetable curry (850 yen), Pudding made from onsen-tamago (hot spring eggs) (200 yen), Special coffee (500 yen), Soft serve ice cream (200 yen), and more
Open:
9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed:
Wednesday
Website:
http://www.kagacable.ne.jp/~hadutiwo/ [Japanese]

Kutani-yaki Kamaato Tenjikan (Kutani-yaki kiln museum)

Kutani-yaki Kamaato Tenjikan (Kutani-yaki kiln museum)

Visitors can see the kiln that was built in the Edo period, the oldest existing Kutani-yaki kiln. Hands-on experience using a potter’s wheel and glazing is available.

Admission:
General: 310 yen
Seniors 75 years of age or older: 150 yen
Children 18 years of age or younger: Free
Glazing experience: Required time: 60-90 minutes, Rate: 2,000 yen
Open:
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Admission until 4:30 p.m.)
Closed:
Tuesdays (open on holidays that fall on a Tuesday), December 31 and January 1
Website:
http://www.kagacable.ne.jp/~kamaato/ [Japanese]

Yamashiro Onsen and Kutani-yaki

Kutani-yaki

The origin of Kutani-yaki traces back to the early 17th century, then known as “Ko-Kutani” and made in Kutani Village (present-day Yamanaka Town) in Ishikawa Prefecture. The porcelain industry mysteriously disappeared in this area in the early 18th century but 100 years later Kutani-yaki production was re-established in Yamashiro Onsen. Many kilns were built and prospered with the support of the Tokugawa General and later the prefectural government. There are many distinguished Kutani-yaki shops in Yamashiro Onsen selling a wide variety of pieces from beautiful platters to small chopstick rests. Why not visit a shop to learn more about and see the beautiful Kutani-yaki?

Events

Shobuyu Matsuri (Japanese iris leaf bath festival)

Shobuyu Matsuri (Japanese iris leaf bath festival)

Saito Daigomaku is a large outdoor Buddhist ceremony for mountain priests to pray for wish fulfillment and good health for the year. Young people start at Yakuouin Onsen-ji Temple and parade through town carrying Shobu Mikoshi (portable shrines), guided by lanterns.

Period:
Early June: Nyuto-shiki Kigansai (bath ceremony), Nyuto-shiki (iris portable shrine)
Early June: Yamashiro Ondo Waodori (Yamashiro dance festival)

Yamashiro Daidengaku (Yamashiro performing arts festival)

Yamashiro Daidengaku (Yamashiro performing arts festival)

People in weird costumes dynamically dance against the backdrop of bonfires accompanied by mysterious flute tune of music in the summer night. Temporary food and other stalls are set up and many events are held during the period of the festival.

Period:
Early August

Hassaku Matsuri (Hassaku festival)

Hassaku Matsuri (Hassaku festival)

This annual festival is held at Hatori Shrine in autumn to pray for good harvests. A big “lion” parades around town doing the lion dance. At the shrine, “Urayasu no Mai” is dedicated to the shrine to pray for peace.

Period:
Early September.
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