The Japan Alps and the North Chubu Coast Sights

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Kanazawa 14

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Takayama 7

Sado Island (Sado-ga-shima) 6

Matsumoto 6

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Kusatsu 2

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Takaoka City

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The southern gateway to the Noto Peninsula, Takaoka is mostly known for its traditions of copper-, bronze-, and iron-smithing, and remains...

Takayama Jinya

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This rare collection of stately buildings housed the 25 officials of the Tokugawa Shogunate who administered the Hida region for 176...

Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan

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This community center displays four of the 11th-, 17th-, and 18th-century yatai (festival floats) used in Takayama's famous Sanno and...

Tsugaike Shizen-en

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This marshland dazzles with a wide variety of rare alpine flora from early June to late October and is graced with gold and crimson leaves...

View of Asama-yama from Usui Pass

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This active volcano of more than 8,000 feet threatens to put an end to the whole "Highlands Ginza" below. For a view of the glorious...

Wajima Lacquerware Hall

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To observe the traditional lacquerware manufacturing process, visit Wajima Lacquerware Hall. The production of a single piece involves...

Wajima Morning Market

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At the tip of the peninsula, the fishing village of Wajima is known for its gorgeous lacquerware. A good place to purchase some good...


  • Forest

This sanctuary is home to some 120 bird species, including the Japanese white-eye. You can watch from two observation huts along a 2½-km...

Yari Onsen

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The trail from Sarukura to Yarigatake—a hike of three hours—leads to the area's highest outdoor hot spring, Yari Onsen. It's part...


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Nagano's unusual temple is the final destination each year for millions of religious pilgrims. Since the 7th century, this nonsectarian...


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