In the old castle town of Kanazawa and Tomioka, enjoy stirring view of cherry blossons in full bloom.
Visit the world heritage Gokayama village of Gassho-style (steep thatched roof) houses.

One of the three great gardens of Japan, one of the best “circuit style garden” in Japan

Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen Garden, Kairakuen Garden in Mito and Korakuen Garden in Okayama are the three great gardens of Japan. Family who ruled Kaga Domain that continues from generation to generation spent enormous time making this garden. The view most represents Kenrokuen Garden is the “kotoji toro (kotoji lantern)”. Different flowers bloom through out the year according to four seasons. You can enjoy different sceneries of cherry blossoms, fresh green leaves, autumn color leaves, snow covered trees, etc.

Kenrokuen Garden

Address: Ishikawa Prefecture Kanazawa-shi Kenrokumachi 1-ban chinai
Telephone: 076-234-3800 (Ishikawa Prefecture Kanazawa Castle Park and Kenrokuen Garden Management Office)
Open hours: 7:00am to 6:00pm (from October 16 to the last day of February: 8:00am to 5:00pm)
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Access: about 4km from JR Kanazawa Station
URL: http://www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/kenrokuen/t/ (Chinese)

  41 529 235

About a 8-minute walk
Distance of about 650m

Symbol of Kaga Hyakumangoku (wealthy family of Kaga Domain)

Kanazawa Castle Park

Kanazawa Castle is where Maeda Family of Kaga Domain lived for fourteen generations. Today, the castle is maintained as a park after restoration. Ishikawamon gate and Sanjukken Nagaya from the Edo Period are designated as national important cultural properties.

Kanazawa Castle Park

Address: Ishikawa Prefecture Kanazawa-shi Marunouchi 1-1
Telephone: 076-234-3800 (Ishikawa Prefecture Kanazawa Castle Park and Kenrokuen Garden Management Office)
Open hours: 7:00am to 6:00pm (October 16th through the last day of February: 8:00am to 5:00pm)
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Access: about 3km from JR Kanazawa Station
URL: http://www.pref.ishikawa.jp/siro-niwa/kanazawajou/t/ (Chinese)

  41 529 612

About 9 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 1.5km

Experience shiny gold leaf handcraft

SAKUDA – Gold & Silver Leaf

SAKUDA is a well-established studio of Kanazawa’s traditional gold leaf handcraft. You can visit and watch craftsmen working on gold leaf handcrafts. You can also decorate your own chopsticks or small box with gold leaf! They also sell gold leaf artifacts and cosmetic products which use gold leaf.

SAKUDA – Gold & Silver Leaf

Address: Ishikawa Prefecture Kanazawa-shi Higashiyama 1-3-27
Telephone: 076-251-6777
Open hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm (handcraft experience class: 9:00am to 3:00pm, offers four classes every day, reservation needed)
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Access: about 3km from JR Kanazawa Station
URL: http://goldleaf-sakuda.jp/en/ (English)
http://goldleaf-sakuda.jp/ (Japanese)

  41 560 579

About 9 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 1.9km

Enjoy contemporary art in open space

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Kanazawa

A round building surrounded by glasses, this museum leaves a deep impression on visitors. This museum includes Exhibition Zone where various types of exhibitions are held and Public Zone where you can feel the contemporary arts. This museum is not merely the center for publicizing contemporary art to the word but is also popular as the center of community interaction.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Kanazawa

Address: Ishikawa Prefecture Kanazawa-shi Hirosaka 1-2-1
Telephone: 076-220-2800
Open hours: Exhibition Zone: 10:00am to 6:00pm (opened until 8:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays)

Public zone: 9:00am to 10:00pm

Closed: Exhibition Zone: Mondays (when Monday is a national holiday, closed on the following weekday instead)
Public Zone: open 7 days a week, all year, closed on new year holidays
Access: about 3km from JR Kanazawa Station
URL: http://www.kanazawa21.jp/files/new_window/TC.pdf (Chinese)
http://www.kanazawa21.jp/ (Japanese)

  41 529 070

About 43 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 44.6km

Drive on a beach in ocean breeze

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

Almost 8km long driveway on a beach, you can enjoy a refreshing experience driving on a natural sand beach in this magnificent National Park located at Noto peninsula. You can also drive in a breathtaking sun set. In the case of large and high wave, please follow the instructions of Ishikawa Prefecture.

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

Address: Ishikawa Prefecture Hakui-shi Chirihama-machi
Telephone: 0767-22-1118 (Hakui City Industry and Sightseeing Section)
Access: near Noto Satoyama Kaido Driveway Imahama Interchange
URL: http://www.city.hakui.ishikawa.jp/sypher/www/section/detail.jsp?id=595 (Japanese)

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About 48 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 30.7km

Be captivated in a vast panoramic view of Tateyama mountain range

Amaharashi Kaigan Coast

Famous for its white sand beach coast and green pine grove. This coast was selected as one of Japan’s 100 Best Beaches. You can see the 3,000-meter-high mountains of Tateyama mountain range across the sea, a beautiful panoramic view. Near Amaharashi Station, there is Yoshitsune Rock where a legend says that Minamoto Yoshitsune took shelter from rain and waited for the sun to come out.

Amaharashi Kaigan Coast

Address: Toyoma Prefecture Takaoka-shi Ohta
Telephone: 0766-44-6200 (Amaharashi Tourism Association)
Hours: free sightweeing
Access: about 10km from Noetsu Expressway Takaoka Kita Interchange
URL: http://www.info-toyama.com/spot/21011/ (Japanese)

  40 844 064

About 27 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 12.4km

A well-know cherry blossom viewing point, also serving as an oasis for people in the community

Takaoka Kojo Park

This park is located near the city center and is the remain of Takaoka Castle which was founded by Toshinaga Maeda, the second lord of Kaga Domain. This castle was opened to the public in the Meiji Period. Every year, from the beginning to mid April, 1,800 cherry blossom trees, mainly Someiyoshino cherry blossom trees, come to their full bloom. During this period, the park becomes very festive attracting tourists and local people come see the cherry blossoms.

Takaoka Kojo Park

Address: Toyama Prefecture Takaoka-shi Kojo 1-9
Telephone: 0766-20-1563
Open hours: free sightseeing
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Access: about 7km from Noetsu Expressway Takaoka Interchange
URL: http://www.kojyo.sakura.ne.jp/ (Japanese)

  40 573 635

About 59 minutes by toll road
Distance of about 47.8km

Visit the world heritage village of Gokayama

Ainokura Gassho-style House Village/Suganum Gassho-style House Village

The world heritage Gokayama Gassho-style House Village includes Ainokura Gassho-style House Village with 23 Gassho-style houses built in the Edo Period through the Meiji Period along the slopes in the mountain and 9 Gassho-style houses and storehouses in the hills along Shogawa River. Scenes from the old days remain in Suganuma Gassho-style house village, beauty in their simple sites bring peace in our hearts.

Ainokura Gassho-style (steep thatched roof) House Village/Suganuma Gassho-style (steep thatched roof) House Village

Address: Toyoma Prefecture Nanto-shi Ainokura, Suganuma
Telephone: 0763-66-2468 (Gokayama General Information Center)
Open hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Access: about 12km from Tokai Hokuriku Expressway Gokayama Interchange to Ainokura village
About 2km from Tokai Hokuriku Expressway Gokayama Interchange to Suganuma village
URL: http://www.gokayama-info.jp/ (Japanese)

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