TOURS
1 Day Tour from Kanazawa: Kurobe Gorge and Unazuki Onsen

1 Day Tour from Kanazawa: Kurobe Gorge and Unazuki Onsen

Period

May to November

Time

08:00 - 18:20

Meeting Place

Kanazawa Station

Kurobe-Unazuki Onsen Station

Price

Adult (13+)30,000 / 24,000 JPY
Child (6-12)24,000 / 21,000JPY

1 Day Tour from Kanazawa: Kurobe Gorge and Unazuki Onsen

In the Northern Japanese Alps lies a small beautiful onsen town sitting at the entrance of an even more amazing sight, Kurobe Gorge, Japan’s deepest V-shaped gorge. On this tour you can experience the great natural beauty of Japan and the small town feel of a popular onsen resort. Your local guide will show you foot baths and healing buddhas, ride on the trolley train across spectacular gorges and, finally, stroll through nature with unusual onsen water rivers. City and scenery, bridges and buddhas, trolley trains and quaint walks, fully enjoy a lesser traveled part of Japan in Unazuki Onsen and the Kurobe Gorge!

Highlights

  • Experience of one Japan’s most scenic areas – Kurobe Gorge!
  • Enjoy walking through the onsen town of Unazuki Onsen.
  • Ride the trolley car through the stunning gorges as you go deeper and deeper into the mountains.
  • Walk along the beautiful gorge, enjoy natural footbaths and see interesting rock formations around the last station on the train line.

*For those looking to join the tour from Toyama, Nagano and Tokyo, please see the FAQ Section below

Description

This tour has tour starting points, the first being Kanazawa Station. Your guide will meet you in front of the Information Center near the Shinkansen Ticket Gates. You will have the opportunity to put your belongings in a coin locker at the station as well if you feel the need. From there we will hop on the shinkansen to the second starting point of the tour.

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The tour’s second start point is Kurobe-Unazuki Onsen Station, where your guide will meet you in front of the Shinkansen Ticket Gates at 9:00 am. You will have the opportunity to put your belongings in a coin locker if you need. Once we have left the inside of the station building, we will walk to Shin-Kurobe Station which takes about 3 minutes.

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Next we will hop on the local train to Unazuki Onsen Station. It’s a short ride so enjoy the Japanese countryside as we make our way into the mountains.

Finally, we will have arrived at Unazuki Onsen proper. This onsen area was founded just over a hundred years ago and even today it is recognized as having the clearest onsen spring water in all of Japan. The architecture of the town reflects its time period, which was the 1920’s in the Taisho period. This was a time of significant mixing of western and Japanese styles so the buildings give a modern retro feel in a long historical sense. We will walk around the town, get a feel for the onsen water’s quality with one of the town’s covered foot baths. There is also a Buddha statue where you pour onsen water over the part of him that you want to be “healed”.

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After seeing a bit of the town we will head on a walk out of the town to get some nice views of the town itself, one of the red bridges and the beautiful valley. When we get back to the town center it’ll be time to prepare for lunch! There isn’t a designated lunch time for this tour so please eat before the train or buy a bento and eat on the train. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations as they will be eating on the train, too. We will also take some time after arriving to relax so that is also a good time to eat your bento. You can eat or shop as much as you like until the meet-up time at Unazuki Onsen Station at 11:15.

Note: If you have special dietary needs, it is advised that you either bring a bento from your hotel or buy one ahead of time. The area around Unazuki Onsen Station and Keyakidaira Station may not have the specifics of what you require.

We will hop on the trolley train to deep inner parts of Kurobe Gorge next. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you feel the air rush through the train car. This is a long ride so make sure to dress for the weather. There is a roof on the carriage, but it is no 100% effective at keeping all the rain out.

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Once we reach the final station, we will start the second part of the tour; exploring the valley in the depths of the mountain. The first area we’ll visit is the Sarutobikyo or Monkey Jumping Gorge, where it was rumored a monkey was seen jumping across the rocks in this very narrow part of the river. The next stop is over to the onsen river area where you can put your feet into a natural foot bath. The final spot is the overhanging rocks. Here you can see the interesting rock formation as you walk next to and sometimes under them. After seeing all of that we will head back to the station for some rest and to get ready to take the series of trains back to Kurobe-Unazuki Onsen Station.

You will travel back through the spectacular gorge again, getting another chance to find new and even more beautiful spots. There will be a transfer at Unazuki Onsen Station before arriving at Kurobe-Unazuki Onsen Station. This is the official end of the tour so we will say our goodbyes and get ready for our trips back.

ITINERARY

08:00If you chose to start the tour from Kanazawa Station then your meet-up is at 8 am! We will gather together and get ready to get on the shinkansen to Kurobe-Unazuki Onsen Station.
09:00For everyone else, start your tour at Kurobe-Unazuki Onsen Shinkansen Station. Here you can put your luggage into coin lockers or go to the bathroom before we get on the train to Unazuki Onsen. We have to cross the street to get to Shin-Kurobe Station to take that train.
9:40Arrive at Unazuki Onsen Station. This town's architecture is similar to how it was when it was started as an onsen resort town 100 years ago. We will explore some of the more interesting spots like the healing Buddha and footbaths and the head out for a short walk get views of the town, bridges and gorge in the area. Some of those amazing pictures were taken on this very walking route.
11:15Meet up at Unazuki Onsen Station to get ready for the trolley train. There isn't any designated time for lunch so either eat during your free time in the town or bring a bento or onigiri on the train to eat. There are shops near the station too so now is a great time to grab something.
11:40The trolley train departs the station. As we head deeper into the mountains, the picturesque gorges, bridges and lakes will be everywhere. Relax, eat and enjoy the beautiful scenery as the train winds its way across ravines, valleys and ponds.
12:50Arrive at Keyakidaira Station, the last stop on the line. We are truly in the middle of the mountains now. There will be some time to stretch, go to the bathroom, eat some more snacks before we start to walk around the area. We will start our exploration of the area by heading to the "Monkey Jumping Bridge" and then the onsen river footbaths. The second half of the walk includes walking across another scenic gorge and under some interesting rock formations. After a full day of taking in nature it's time to go back to the station and begin our way back.
15:20Hop on the train back to Unazuki Onsen and get a second chance at seeing all of the amazing scenery from the trolley. Try to find some new views that you couldn't before! After that ride we will also take the train back to Shin-Kurobe station. There is some time between the transfer, if you need to buy anything or go to the bathroom.
17:30Arrival at Shin-Kurobe Station. We will walk over to the Kurobe-Unazuki Onsen shinkansen stop across the street where the tour will officially end for some. Have a safe trip back to your hotel! For the rest of the group, we will catch the next train to Kanazawa.
18:20The shinkansen arrives at Kanazawa Station. This is the final goodbye of the day. If you need any recommendations for your time in Kanazawa, feel free to ask your guide!

TOUR MEETUP POINT

1 / KANAZAWA STATION @ 08:00 A.M.

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The meetup point is outside of the Shinkansen ticket gates, in front of the information center. If you are heading out from the gates, look forward and to the right and you will see a four large sumo wrestlers lined up. This is where we will be meeting. For those coming from outside the station, you will find this sign immediately inside of the East Entrance of Kanazawa Station. You may wait nearby there until the tour begins at 8:00 A.M. Be sure to look for the guide wearing a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour tag.

2 / KUROBE-UNAZUKI ONSEN STATION @ 09:00 A.M.

The meetup point is outside of the Shinkansen ticket gates. When you exit from the gates head towards the East Gate and wait inside near the doors. Please wait nearby there until the tour begins at 9:00 A.M. Be sure to look for the guide wearing a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour tag.

NOTES

Included

  • English speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Shinkansen train tickets from Kanazawa Station to Kurobe-Unazuki Onsen Station (For Kanazawa Start)
  • Train tickets to and from Shin-Kurobe Station to Unazuki Onsen Station
  • Trolley train tickets to and from Unazuki Onsen Station and Keyakidaira Station

Excluded

  • Lunch (bento)
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation to chosen start point

Other Information

  • This tour involves several hours of walking in the outdoors. We recommend that you wear shoes and clothes which are easy to walk in. Please check the weather forecast before you head to the meetup point and prepare an umbrella or rain coat if necessary.
  • In winter the temperatures will be below 10℃ at the high , and in the morning and evening may be close to or below 0℃. Please wear warm clothing and footwear appropriate for snowy and cold conditions. There may also be snow and ice on the road/sidewalk, and so you should take care to not slip by preparing the correct shoes for such conditions.
  • There will be free time along the way for guests to enjoy the locations at their own pace. However, please make sure that you are at the respective meetup points at the time stated by your guide. If you get lost or need assistance, feel free to call the number which is listed on your tour pass, and our staff will assist you immediately.
  • If you have special dietary needs, it is advised that you either bring a bento from your hotel or buy one ahead of time. The area around Unazuki Onsen Station and Keyakidaira Station may not have the specifics of what you require.

FAQs

I’d like to join this tour from Toyama. Is that possible?
Yes, it is possible to do so!

For those leaving from Toyama, you can catch the shinkansen from Toyama Station at 8:41 A.M.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.
I’d like to join this tour from Tokyo/Nagano. Is that possible?
Yes, it is possible to do so!

For those coming from Tokyo, please ride the shinkansen departing Tokyo Station at 6:28 A.M., to arrive in Kurobe-Unazuki Onsen Station at 8:55.

For those leaving from Nagano, you can catch the same Shinkansen from Nagano Station at 8:05 A.M.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.
Can I choose to end the tour in the Unazuki Onsen town?
Yes, you may end the tour in Unazuki Onsen.

If you have an accommodation at Unazuki Onsen, feel free to end the tour there
What should I wear/bring?
Please wear clothing appropriate to the season in which you are taking the tour, and check the weather forecast ahead of time. Guests may wish to bring rain coats or umbrellas on rainy days, or sunscreen to avoid sunburn during the summer months. In the winter months, the air temperatures will be cold (10 to -5 ℃ on average), and so gloves, winter boots, warm hats, and hand warmers are recommended. Otherwise, please feel free to bring any other items, such as water or a snack, which you would normally carry when walking in the outdoors.
Can I add accommodation to my tour booking?
Yes. We can help book accommodation for guests who will be spending the night in Kanazawa, Toyama, Nagano or nearby areas. Please send us an inquiry if you would like to request help.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible/appropriate for guests with limited mobility?
The nature of this tour means it is not wheelchair accessible and may not be appropriate for guests with limited mobility, given the amount of walking involved. Should this be of concern, contact us prior to booking to discuss options.
Is lunch included on this tour?
No. This tour does not include lunch however there will be opportunities to purchase food and drinks during the tour. If you prefer to, please also feel free to bring snacks and drinks with you.
Also, if you have special dietary needs, it is advised that you either bring a bento from your hotel or buy one ahead of time. The area around Unazuki Onsen Station and Keyakidaira Station may not have the specifics of what you require.

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Snow Monkey Resorts Tours
Nagano City Kurita 1015-7, NK Copo 202, Nagano, 380-0921 Japan
Tel: (81)26-219-6256
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Travel Service Supervisor: Tomoko Kasahara