Awara Onsen [芦原温泉]

Awara Onsen town
Awara Onsen town
Photo by Fukui Prefectual Tourism Federation

Awara Onsen town
Awara Onsen town
Photo by Fukui Prefectual Tourism Federation

Awara Onsen is a hot spring resort located about 18 km north of Fukui city and in Awara city.

It is the most popular hot spring resort in Fukui Prefecture.

This area was a marshy area, and it had been developed for farmland.
In 1883, when a farmer dug a well for irrigation, 80-degree hot water had sprung from there.

Soon, some hotels opened around there in the following year, and this area developed as a hot spring resort.
In 1928, the railway from Fukui city was opened.

Since that, many visitors, especially from Kansai Region, has come here every year.

There are about 20 hotels and ryokans in this resort area.
The town is around Awara-yu-no-machi station of Echizen Railway.

74 hot spring sources are in this area, and each hotel uses one of them.

An outdoor bath in a hotel in Awara Onsen
Outdoor bath in a hotel in Awara Onsen"
Photo by Fukui Prefectual Tourism Federation

Public bath Centopiawara
Public bath Centopiawara
Photo by Fukui Prefectual Tourism Federation

The water of each hot spring resorce has slightly different components.
So, Awara City tourism association issues a pass to enjoy three favorite hot spring bathes in the hotels and ryokans for visitors. (1,500 yen)

Because the resort town is in the middle of the flat rice paddy area, it has no visible scenery like mountains, gorges and forests.
Therefore, each hotel has beautiful garden, fancy bathroom, and outdoor bath with rustic atmosphere.

And you can meet Geisha easily in Awara Onsen.

Geisha show in Traditional Performing Art House
Geisha show in Traditional Performing Art House
Photo by Fukui Prefectual Tourism Federation

Geisha Maiko Dress up Experiencea
Geisha Maiko Dress up Experience
Photo by Fukui Prefectual Tourism Federation

It is difficult for common tourists to enjoy the entertainment of Geisha.
But Geishas in Awara Onsen introduce the entertainment in Traditional Performing Art House near Awara-yu-no-machi station.

In this facility, you can try "Geisha Maiko Dress up Experience".
(You need 13,000 yen for 2.5 hours. It includes makeup and taking the photo.
If you want to become Geisha or Maiko, please try it.

Awara City tourism association

How to get here

By JR Hokuriku Line, get off at Awara-onsen station.
By limited express, about 11 minutes from Fukui, about 40 minutes from Kanazawa.
Then by route bus for Mikuni-eki, about 14 minutes.

Or, by Echizen Railway Line, from Fukui to Awara-Yunomachi station, about 40 minutes.

Hotels in Awara Onsen

Hotels in Awara Onsen

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