Awara Onsen in northern Fukui Prefecture is over 120 years old and in a town famous for agriculture and sightseeing with hills to the north and paddy fields to the south. In 1883, a farmer was digging a well in a paddy field, and discovered hot water. It has since become a big hot spring resort with 27 hotels that attract celebrities and cultural figures.
There are as many as 46 sources and each hotel has unique water with different components. The temperature of the water ranges from 33.5 to 77.5 degrees Celsius. It is good for rheumatism, chronic dermatitis, and other maladies..
Saintpia Awara is a day spa built in 1994 to commemorate the 110th anniversary of opening of the Awara hot springs. Two unique bathing facilities, Ten-no-Yu and Chi-no-Yu, alternate weekly for men or for women. Onsen-tamago, or partially hard-boiled eggs, can be cooked in the water on the 1st floor.
“Awara Onsen Yumeguri-tegara” is a special pass that allows spa access (three times) to any hotel in Awaraa Onsen and Saintpia Awara to partake of the different waters in a casual manner.
Sightseeing spots, such as Tojinbo and Eihei-ji Temple, are also in the vicinity. Tojinbo, a national monument of scenic beauty, offers a dynamic view of the 25-meter high cliffs cut by wave erosion. Eihei-ji, the head temple of the Soto Buddhism sect was founded by the high priest Dogen in 1244 and, even now, more than 200 monks undergo training there. At Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum there is a fantastic and mysterious dinosaur world.
As for dining, “Echizen-gani” crab is a local specialty in winter because the season for catching crab starts in November. Watermelons, melons, and “Koshi no ruby” tomatoes are delicious and picking yourself is available at some farms.