The snow, sleet, and rain that might spoil another kind of vacation make it all the more enjoyable to relax in a steamy onsen. Just south of Kanazawa in an area called Kaga, a cluster of hot-spring towns offer deep relaxation and a peek at old Japan—rice paddies and Meiji-era wooden houses, ancient cedar trees, and traditional crafts. The easiest to access without a car, and most picturesque, are Yamashiro Onsen and Yamanaka Onsen. Though close enough for a day trip from Kanazawa, these mountain villages feel utterly remote.
Tourism is booming in Japan, but a growing number of visitors are ditching their guidebooks for an app better known for celebrity snapshots and images of food: Instagram. The social photo-sharing service is proving to be especially popular among those seeking destinations off the beaten track. Nagato, located on the southern tip of the main island of Honshu, saw more than 1 million visitors in , a fold increase in three years. People are increasingly turning to the Facebook Inc. City officials in Nagato said they were astonished to see people of all ages visiting the mountains to get a shot of its shrine. The flood of visitors soon led to four-hour long traffic jams.
From ancient samurai houses to beautifully preserved Edo districts, a day trip to Kanazawa is a must for lovers of Japanese culture, history, or architecture. This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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