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Takaoka City Review

The southern gateway to the Noto Peninsula, Takaoka is mostly known for its traditions of copper-, bronze-, and iron-smithing, and remains a major bell-casting center. No wonder it has Japan's third-largest Daibutsu (Great Buddha) statue, made entirely of bronze. A short walk from the station is Zuiryu-ji, a delightful Zen temple. A sprawling park, Kojo-koen, is particularly stunning in autumn, with its red-and-silver maples.

Updated: 09-20-2013

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