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Katayamazu Onsen (ЎRÉ) is a built up hot spring town along the shores of the Shibayamagata Lagoon, and one of the four resort towns that make up Kaga Onsen. Many of the town's large ryokan and hotels feature baths with attractive views onto the lagoon and Mount Hakusan in the distance.

The Shibayamagata Lagoon is said to naturally change colors seven times per day. A fountain at its center shoots water up to 70 meters high for a few minutes every hour. A small shrine dedicated to Benten, the goddess of good fortune, wealth, music and knowledge, stands on a pier out over the water. The shrine is illuminated in the evenings together with the fountain.

Another non-bathing related site of interest is the Museum of Snow and Ice. This museum displays the work, photographs and equipment of local scientist Nakaya Ukichiro who devoted his life to the study of snow crystals in Hokkaido and around the world. The museum also provides visitors with interesting hands on activities and experiments involving supercooled water and ice.

The following is a list of some of Katayamazu's baths that are open to day trip visitors:

Soyu (Public Bath)

Hours: 6:00 to 22:00
Closed: Infrequent, irregular closures (cafe closed on Thursdays)
Admission: 460 yen

Kaga Kanko Hotel

Daytime Hours: 14:00 to 19:30 (entry until 18:30)
Daytime Admission: 800 yen (including towels)
Overnight Stay: From 10,000 yen per person including 2 meals

Kasuikyo

Daytime Hours: 12:00 to 22:00
Daytime Admission: 1000 yen (including towels)
Overnight Stay: From 15,500 yen per person including 2 meals

Hotel Morimoto

Daytime Hours: 14:00 to 19:00
Daytime Admission: 1500 yen (including towels)
Overnight Stay: From 16,000 yen per person including 2 meals

New Maruya Hotel

Daytime Hours: 9:00 to 11:00 and 15:00 to 23:00
Daytime Admission: 500 yen
Overnight Stay: From 7500 yen per person including 2 meals

Oedo Onsen Monogatari Nagayama

Daytime Hours: 5:00 to 24:00
Daytime Admission: 720 yen (1020 yen on weekends and national holidays)
Overnight Stay: From 6700 yen per person including 2 meals

Yataya Shotoen

Daytime Hours: 9:00 to 11:00 and 15:00 to 23:00
Daytime Admission: 1000 yen (including towels)
Overnight Stay: From 8,500 yen per person including 2 meals

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Getting there and around

Katayamazu Onsen is accessible by Can Bus (Umimawari Route) from Kaga Onsen Station. The ride takes about 80 minutes, and buses depart approximately once per hour. Alternatively, Katayamazu Onsen is about a 15 minute taxi ride (about 2000 yen) from Kaga Onsen Station.

How to get to and around Kaga Onsen