About Wakura Onsen

  • The Discovery of Wakura and
    the Legend of the Egret

    About 1200 years ago (806-810) onsens gushed out on the west side of Yakushidake (present-day Yunotani). This is the opening of Wakura Onsen.

    After that, the precious Onsen was used for daily life, and it was useful as a good-cause, such as an anecdote that "fish can be caught well when you wash your body in the Valley of Yunotani and go fishing".

    However, about 250 years later, during the Eiso-era (1046-1053), crustal movement occurred, and the spring mouth moved into the sea 60 meters offshore, and the Onsens in Yunotani withered.

    One day, a fisherman couple living in Wakura finds a wounded egret healing in the bubbling sea. When they approached and put their hand in the sea, they found that it was an onsen. This is "Wakura", and it is said that it was the first to discover an onsen in the sea of Wakura.

  • Popular as an onsen for Medical Treatment

    In 1611, when Toshinaga Maeda, the second lord of the Kaga domain, was troubled by tumor, he ordered "Wakura no Yu" and treated it, which increased the reputation of Wakura no Yu. In 1641, Toshitsuyo Maeda, the third lord of the Kaga domain, ordered the maintenance of the spring mouth and the restaying of the surrounding area, and Yushima was built.

    Since then, many visitors have come to visit Wakura For medical treatment, and the folk song about Wakura, which thrives despite having only seven of half-farming and half-fishing houses became popular "Wakura, Wakura and seven houses, who will go if there is no hot water on the island?"

    After that, the land resist of Yushima proceeded, a bridge was built, and as "inn earning" was allowed in 1654, a large yuzaya, a mineral spring inn that took a break as an open-air bath, and an indoor bath inn were built.

    In 1674, at the order of the Kaga domain, "Wakura(涌浦)" was changed to "Wakura(和倉)" because it was easy to write it wrong.

    At the end of the Edo shogunate, the reputation gained and as the number of visitors to Kyoto, Osaka's wealthy merchants, artists, and haiku poets increased, the name "Wakura" became even more roaring.

  • Highly rated worldwide

    At the World Mineral Spring Expo held in Germany in 1889, it was honored as the "World's Third Mineral Spring", and the quality and medical efficacy of Wakura Onsen have been highly evaluated for a long time.

  • The imperial family's coming fountain
    and the still-remaining palace
    ▲Photos from that time
    ▲Current photo

    In 1909, the Crown Prince at that time (who became Emperor Daisei) became the first royal family to visit Wakura. It was also the first onsen resort in the prefecture, thus they built a resting place (gonden) for your imperial highness in advance.

    The gonden is built in an old-style architectural style with a total cypress-making main hall of 53 tsubo and an attendant's front room of 48 tsubo. The day before coming, more than 300 ships entered Nanao Bay with guests from all over Noto, and the ryokan in Wakura Onsen was filled with related officers and members of the mass media, and the welcoming mood was growing.

    His Highness, who entered the palace on the day, loved the scenery of Nanao Bay and enjoyed the Onsen in a bathtub made of cypress.

    Since then, many members of the royal family have visited.

    ※ The main hall was moved to "Seirinji" in 1976 and the sub-hall was moved to "Shingyōji". In 2017, it was registered as a Nationally Registered Tangible Cultural Property.

Spring quality and efficacy

The source of the high temperature of about 80 degrees is colorless and transparent, and it is characterized by abundant salt unique to "Onsens of the sea".

Spring quality: Sodium and calcium chloride spring (high-tension weak alkaline high onsen)

Three Major Efficacies
  • Anti bacterial effect

    Acts on wounds and skin diseases

  • Moisturizing effect

    The adhesion of salt suppresses
    the evaporation of sweat and
    prevents the body from getting cold

  • Beauty skin effect

    Salt tightens pores &
    smoothes skin

It is also said to be effective for neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, bruises, cuts, coldness, etc.

In addition, when it is diluted twice and used, it is said to be good for gastrointestinal diseases, anemia, etc.

*Please refrain from drinking onsens for people with hypertension, kidney disease, heart disease, or other swelling.

Enjoy the Onsens

  • Wakura Onsen Sōyu

    • Public bath
    • Footbath
    • Drinking fountain

    It is a public bath that can be used by locals and tourists. Please enjoy the 100% Onsen quality that has been protected from the old days.

    There is a free footbath and drinkable onsen outside.

    Go to Wakura Onsen Sōyu site
  • Yuttari park Tsuma Koibune no Yu

    • Footbath

    The Onsen Tsuma Koibune no Yu overlooking Nanao Bay is a popular spot where you can enjoy footbaths for free. The whole body is warmed and you can relax both physically and mentally.

  • Bentenzaki Gensen Park

    • Hand bath
    • Warm bench
    • Drinking fountain

    Located in the center of Wakura Onsen, this park is a place where you can easily enjoy the deep source of history. The hand bath warms the body from the end, and the bench can warm up after a break using the Onsen heat, and you can taste the Onsen feeling in a little free time.

  • Yumoto no Hiroba

    • Onsen egg making
    • Drinking fountain

    A bronze statue of a egret is placed after the legend of Wakura Onsen opening onsen, and the source gushes out.

    If you put raw eggs in the hot spring, you can make a slightly salty onsen egg in about 15 minutes.

    ※ Please be careful because the source is high in temperature. In addition, please check in advance because the time when the onsen egg is finished varies depending on the season.

Onsen egg making

~ Let's make a slightly salty onsen egg at "onsen of the sea" ~
  • STEP01

    Please prepare a raw egg.
    It is also sold at nearby shops.

  • STEP02

    Please put it in a hot water pot and wait
    for it to become semi-ripe.
    Spring to autumn 13 to 16 minutes,
    Winter 18 to 25 minutes

  • STEP03

    Slightly salty Wakura's famous
    onsen egg is ready!