Enjoy! Katayamazu Hot Springs.
The surroundings of Lake Shibayama are filled with historical and cultural facilities, as well as many new and attention-grabbing spots. You can take the 7km cycling path (around 40 minutes) that goes around the lake and visit places like Ukimi-do Hall, Aizen-ji Temple, and Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice. When you get tired, take a break at charming cafes like MACHI café and Kabocha Mura. Relax, take in all of the vast and open sights, and enjoy your excursion around Katayamazu.
Pleasure Cruise on Lake ShibayamaUnwind with a relaxing pleasure cruise.Take in breathtaking sights that you can only find at Katayamazu, such as the nature on Lake Shibayama’s shores, Ukimi-do Hall – which looks like it’s floating on the lake, and a giant water fountain. On particularly clear days, you can even view the majestic sight of the sacred Mt. Haku! Feel the pleasant breeze and experience the full glory of nature with your whole body by riding on a pleasure cruise.
Operating Period April 1 ~ late October (closed if there's stormy weather)
Capacity: 14 passengers
Operating Times(departs at irregular times) Weekdays: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Saturdays: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sundays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Boarding Fee 800 yen (30 minutes)
From Yunomoto Park or Lake Shibayama Kohan Park* Even guests who aren't staying at one of the local lodgings can board.
* On busy days, you may have to wait around 30 minutes for your turn.
Cycling Road at Lake ShibayamaInvigorate yourself by bicycling around the lake!This 7km cycling path will take you around Lake Shibayama in around 40 minutes. You’ll get to casually visit various spots along the way! Why not stretch those muscles and go for a pleasant ride, all while gazing upon the nature and history of the area? There’s cherry blossoms in the spring, and if you’re lucky, from October until February, you may be able to spot Tundra swans that have come to the area to hibernate.
Rental Fee 500 yen for 1 bicycle (3 hours) Inquiries Please inquire at your inn's front desk.
Kappa-do HallVisit here to discover activities at Lake Shibayama!Kappa-do Hall provides various services to help visitors enjoy Lake Shibayama to the fullest. From different types of pleasure boat rides – such as night cruises, fireworks cruises, and cruises where you actually get to go under the giant water fountain – to renting out fishing rods, there’s something for everyone!
Phone 090-2125-7228 or 090-2127-6943
Lake ShibayamaTake in breathtaking sights that you can only find at Katayamazu, such as the nature on Lake Shibayama’s shores, Ukimi-do Hall – which looks like it’s floating on the lake, and a giant water fountain. On particularly clear days, you can even view the majestic sight of the sacred Mt. Haku! Feel the pleasant breeze and experience the full glory of nature with your whole body by riding on a pleasure cruise.
Giant Fountain Show One of Japan’s largest water fountains lies at the center of Lake Shibayama. Reaching 70m in height, it is a dynamic water fountain that shoots out water like a blossoming flower. Seeing it illuminated at night is another riveting sight. This fountain show occurs 12 times per day.
[Fountain Show Times]
7:00 am / 8:00 am / 12:00 pm / 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm / 3:00 pm / 4:00 pm / 5:00 pm / 5:30 pm / 8:00 pm / 8:30 pm / 9:00 pm / 9:30 pm
Fireworks Show Every July and August, for several successive nights in a row, fireworks shows are held above Lake Shibayama. This is a summer staple of Katayamazu. Hibernating Tundra Swans Every late October until early February, you can watch beautiful white Tundra swans hibernating around Lake Shibayama.
Katayamazu Hot Springs' Water Distribution CenterKatayamazu Hot Springs’ guardian deity – Yakushi Nyorai (Medicine Buddha) – resides at this unique facility that uses a Shinden architectural style (originally for mansion-estates constructed in the Heian period). It was also built to distribute hot spring water to every lodging facility in the area.
(Uki Uki Benten)This unusual enshrinement hall can be found on Lake Shibayama, connected to Yunomoto Park by a water bridge. When it lights up at night, a mysterious new world appears. It is dedicated to Benzaiten (the goddess of music) and Ryujin (the dragon king), who are part of a Katayamazu legend called “Ryujin and the Lady”. According to the folklore, there was once a serpent that troubled the villagers of Katayamazu. Taking the form of a young woman, Benzaiten used the power of her biwa (Japanese lute) to turn the serpent into a ryujin that would protect the village henceforth.
Ai Ai Plaza & Foot Bath at Sunahase ParkLocated in the center of the hot spring village, Sunahase Park has an area of roughly 2,800㎡.This relaxing space has several things to offer, such as “Engawa” – a hot spring foot bathing area inside of a square gazebo, two ponds (big and small) that were sculpted in the image of Lake Shibayama, wood decks, and lawns.
Yunomoto ParkAs its name suggests, this park has two buildings that store hot spring water. There’s a wharf that faces Lake Shibayama, which is the departing and landing place for all of Katayamazu’s pleasure cruises. In the summer, this is where the “Uki Uki Yoi no Shi” festival takes place, making it the best place for a stroll while dressed in yukata!
City BathhouseThis is a modern public bathing facility with full glass walls that enables people to view the enormity of Mt. Haku’s mountain range and Lake Shibayama.There are two baths: “Lagoon Hot Springs”, which will let you gaze at the surface of Lake Shibayama, and “Forest Hot Springs” that’s surrounded by greenery. Men and women take turns each day to enter these baths. From MACHI café on the second floor, you can enjoy dishes or desserts on their open terrace, which also grants you access to stunning views.
Operating Times 1F Public Bathhouse (Hot Springs): 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
2F MACHI café: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Open all year (might temporarily close on short notice) Prices ■ Public Bathhouse (Hot Springs)
Adults: 440 yen
Teenagers: 130 yen
Children: 50 yen
*Children under 3 years of age can enter for free.
*They have seasonal passes, discount tickets, and other great deals.
They sell hot spring eggs, shampoo, towels, and other things.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lunch: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Phone General: 0761-74-0550
Hanayakata & FukusaBack when there were geisha, this historical building was used as a practice hall for dancing and the shamisen (three-stringed Japanese lute). Fukusa, the teahouse on the first floor of this building, has a sunken hearth. Feel free to enjoy desserts like zenzai (rice dumplings in a sweet red bean soup), warabimochi (jelly-like mochi topped with roasted soybean powder), and shiratama anmitsu (Japanese-style sundae with rice dumplings). You can also take part in workshops that allow you to make tofu using hot spring water, or dye handkerchiefs using hot spring water and mud from Lake Shibayama.
Operating Times 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed Thursdays Prices ■ Warabimochi & Matcha Set: 700 yen
■ Shiratama & Cream Anmitsu: 650 yen
■ Warabimochi: 500 yen
■ Zenzai: 600 yen
■ Shiruko: 600 yen
Aizen-ji Temple (Medicine Buddha)Commonly called “Medicine Buddha”, Aizen-ji Temple has looked over the prosperity of Katayamazu Hot Springs for generations. Every nook and cranny of this temple holds traditional arts and crafts, but their “Wholehearted Ema” – unique ema (wooden plaques that you write wishes on) made to bless love and marriages that you can slot a wooden heart into – are particularly popular. Since it’s located at a high elevation, you can easily gaze upon the beauty of Lake Shibayama from its premises.
Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and IceThis science museum was made to commemorate Ukichiro Nakaya – the first scientist in the world to create artificial snow. At this museum, you can take part in activities like watching how snow is made through a microscope or making ice pendants. Guests can also relax and gaze at Lake Shibayama from the building's cafe, Winter Flower (Fuyu no Hana).
Operating Times 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (last entry is at 4:30 pm) Closed Wednesdays Entrance Fee 500 yen Phone 0761-75-3323
Kubi Arai Pond at Shinohara BattlefieldThe most gruesome battle of the Genpei War was the Battle of Shinohara (1183). It’s said that the heroic ending of the retainer, Sanemori Saito, brought even Minamoto no Yoshinaka, the military commander, to tears. By the side of the pond where Sanemori’s head was washed stands a slab with a haiku written by Basho Matsuo: How tragic – under the helmet – a cricket (muzan ya na kabuto no shita no kirigirisu).