Located in Toyama Prefecture, the Unazuki Onsen now has greater access both from Tokyo and Osaka with the March 14, 2015 launching of the Hokuriku Shinkansen.
The spring water quality of the Unazuki Onsen is classified as a simple hot spring and mild alkaline level. The spring water is colorless. Since ancient times the spring has been known for replenishing the skin. The hot spring fountain that is located in front of the Unazukionsen Station is a landmark for the town, representing it as a hot spring district. Unazuki Onsen is great for making one-day trips, visiting the town and local public footbaths and onsens. The Yamabiko Observatory is a great place for taking photographs of the entire town.
Unazuki Onsen attracts visitors with each season. Autumn is the time when visitors can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the leaves changing colors in the mountains. Surrounded by snow-covered mountains, winter in Kurobe is the best season to taste yellowtail caught from Toyama Bay. Spring is the best season to relish in the exquisite beauty of the green buds and wild plants. It is also the season for catching the firefly squid. Feel the cool breeze in summer and enjoy the broad velvet shrimp, for which Toyama Bay is the only place in Japan where you can fish for them.
If you visit the secluded Kurobe gorge, take the Kurobe Gorge Railway, commonly known as the Kurobe Gorge Trolley Train. The train operates between the Unazuki and Keyakidaira stations.
One of the Trolley stops takes you to the secluded area of the Kuronagi Onsen, which is the source of the hot water in the Unazuki Onsen area. Approximately 7 km long hot water pipes carry the hot water. The views of the valley from the Trolley window are spectacular. Crossing over a steep valley, the view from the Atobiki Bridge offers one of the best exhilarating views from the Trolley. The area surrounding the Kanetsuri Bridge is a popular sightseeing destination site, and which is known for its beautiful Japanese maple trees. You can also see Mannen-Yuki (literary means ten thousand year old snow), a semi permanent snow bank. The last stop is the Keyakidaira Station, which is known as a power spot. You can feel the energy from the surrounding nature.
Kurobe Unazuki-onsen Tourist Board
From Tokyo to Kurobe-Unazukionsen Sta.: Tokyo Sta. -> 2 h 20 min via the Hokuriku Shinkansen -> Kurobe-Unazukionsen Sta. From Osaka to Kurobe-Unazukionsen Sta.: Osaka Sta. -> Approximately 2 h 30 min via the Limited Express Thunderbird -> Kanazawa Sta. -> Approximately 36 min via the Hokuriku Shinkansen -> Kurobe-Unazukionsen Sta. From Kurobe-Unazukionsen Sta.: Kurobe-Unazukionsen Sta. -> by foot -> Shin-Kurobe Sta. on the Toyama Regional Railway (commonly known as Toyama Chitetsu Line) -> Approximately 25 min by local train -> Unazukionsen Sta.