Awara Onsen (hot spring) located in the northern Fukui Prefecture was once a lowland swamp a long time ago, but in 1883 the area faced a sever drought, the farmers dug a well water for irrigation, and about 80 °C hot spring gushed out. Several hot-spring hotels opened the following year, and it’s developed to become a spa town with the arrival of 1 million tourists a year since the former Japanese National Railway Mikuni Line was inaugurated. Awara Onsen where there are 74 hot spring sources does not manage the hot water jointly, so each hotel has its own well for the hot spring and each hot spring has different mineral content.
Thus, you can enjoy the different textures of the hot springs. In addition to ‘Yukemuri Yokocho’ where the stall-styled stores having the old-fashioned nostalgic atmosphere are lined up at the spa town, you can enjoy taking baths of five different spring qualities for free at an all-cypress foot bath spot ‘Ashiyu’ opened in 2014.
Recently, Awara City is famous as a hometown of Arata Wataya, who is a key character from a competitive karuta-themed manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Suetsugu, among the domestic and overseas fans. Visitors, who come to see JR Awara Onsen Station and its surrounding views appeared in the manga, has been increased.
There are two stations named “Awara”.
It is recommended to go by bus or taxi between those two stations.
The bus runs about once an hour during the daytime.
Echizen Tetsudo Awara Yunomachi Station（’Yukemuri Yokocho’ and ‘Ashiyu’ are here）
JR Awara Onsen Station（The station that appears in a manga/anime “Chihayafuru” is here）