Around Hokuriku | 6 Days
Hokuriku is a region located in the northwestern part of Honshu, Japan’s main island.
It consists of four prefectures namely Fukui, Ishikawa, Niigata and Toyama. It is also known for having the highest volume of snowfall for inhabited places around the world. Don’t let the cold weather drive you away!
Thanks to the Hokuriku Shinkansen, the Hokuriku area is getting great attention from not only Japanese people but also tourists from foreign countries.Be impressed by some of he most stunning nature Japna has to offer, traditional Japanese craftmanship, and definitely you will love the very fresh food.
At the heart of the Hokuriku we find Ishikawa Prefecture, perhaps the most famous among the three, thanks to Kanazawa, the largest city in the region with a strong cultural and historical identity. In addition to one of the most famous Japanese gardens, the Kenroku-en, you can explore the geisha district, with its tearooms hidden behind traditional buildings, or the samurai alley, as well as a temple which is said to have been used since centuries for ninja practices. Moreover, the peninsula of Noto, will surprise you with a rural and unspoilt Japan, linked to ancient traditions and absolutely authentic.
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Arrive at Narita (Narita International Airport) or Haneda (Tokyo International Airport)
Transfer to Hotel (or nearby bus stop) by airport bus. (Travel Time appx 85min)
Day 2 TOKYO-KANAZAWA
Transfer to JR Tokyo Station by yourself
Transfer to JR Kanazawa Station by bullet train (Travel Time appx 155min)
JR Kanazawa Station – appx 5 min – Omi-Cho Market – app 20min—Kenrokuen Garden/Kanazawa Castle Park – appx 5min—Higashi Chaya District — appx 15min—JR Kanazawa Station
Kenrokuen Garden in Ishikawa is justifiably classified as one of Japan’s “three most beautiful landscape gardens”. The garden was constructed by the ruling Maeda family over a period of nearly two centuries.
Kanazawa Castle was founded in 1583 when the Maeda family moved to Kanazawa to establish the Kaga Domain. Ishikawa -mon Gate and The Sanjukken Nagaya have bene designated as a National Important Cultural Asset.
Higashi Chaya District in Ishikawa is the most prestigious and grandest of the remaining three streets in Kanazawa and has been designated asa site of Important Traditional Japanese Architecture. “Chaya” house with red-brown lattices line a narrow stone road.
Accommodation Kanazawa City (Ishikawa Prefecture)
Day 3 KANAZAWA-SHIRAKAWA-GO-YAMASHIRO ONSEN
Transfer to JR Kanazawa Station by yourself
JR Kanazawa Station -express bus appx 85min – Shirakawa-go –express bus appx 85min—JR Kanazawa Station
Transfer to JR Kaga-onse Station by local train (Travel Time appx 50min)
Shirakawa-go (Gifu Prefcture) is called Gassho-zukuri (praying hands) in Japanese, A -framed building is one of Japan’s traditional architectural techniques for the building of homes.
Accommodation Yamashiro Onsen (Ishikawa Prefecture)
Day 4 YAMASHIRO ONSEN-AWARA ONSEN
Transfer to Yamashiro Onsen bus stop by yourself
Yamashiro Onsen bus stop – appx 60min – Eiheiji Temple – appx 30min – JR Fukui Station
Transfer to Echizen Railway Katsuyama Station by local train (Travel Time appx 25min)
Katsuyama Station – appx 12min – Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum – appx 12min – Katsuyama Station
Transfer to JR Awara -onsen Station by local train (change trains at JR Fukui Station) (Travel Time appx 90min)
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum exhibits a number of specimens on geology and paleontology such as invertebrate fossils, minerals, rocks, and of course dinosaurs.
Accommodation Awara Onsen (Fukui Prefecture)
Day 5 AWARA ONSEN- KYOTO
Transfer to JR Awara -onsen Station by yourself
Transfer to JR Kyoto Station by express train. (change trains at JR Fukui Station) (Travel Time appx 105min)
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto has a mysterious approach going to Inari Mountain that looks as if there is no end, with over 10,000 vermillion torii gates.
Byodoin Temple has been called “the re-creation of Heaven” and the very finest elements of Imperial Culture were bought together to build the “Ho-o-do” (main hall).
Day 6 KYOTO-OSAKA
Transfer to Kansai International Airport.