The Japan Alps and the North Chubu Coast

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  • 1. Gyokusen-en

    Garden/Arboretum

    This tiny garden was built by Kim Yeocheol, who later became Naokata Wakita when he married into the ruling Kanazawa family. Yeocheol was the...Read More

  • 2. Hida no Sato

    Museum Village

    These traditional farmhouses, dating from the Edo period, were transplanted from all over the region. Many of the houses are A-frames with thatch...Read More

  • 3. Kenroku-en

    Garden/Arboretum

    Across the street from the Kanazawa Castle is the largest of the three most famous landscaped gardens in the country (the other two are Mito...Read More

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  • 4. Myoryu-ji

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On the south side of the Sai-gawa is the intriguing and mysterious Myoryu-ji. Its popular name, Ninja-dera (Temple of the Ninja), suggests it...Read More

  • 5. Shirakawa-go Gassho-zukuri Minkaen

    Museum Village

    Opposite Ogi-machi, on the banks of the Sho-gawa, this open-air museum has 26 traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. The houses were transplanted...Read More

  • 6. 21 Seiki Bijutsukan

    Museum/Gallery

    This circular building was created to entwine a museum's architecture with the art exhibits, and for exhibition designers to take cues from...Read More

  • 7. Buke Yashiki Ato Nomura-ke

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This elegant house in Naga-machi was rebuilt more than 100 years ago by an industrialist named Nomura. Visit the Jodan-no-ma drawing room made...Read More

  • 8. Daio Wasabi Nojo

    Farm/Ranch

    At the country's largest wasabi farm, the green horseradish roots are cultivated in flat gravel beds irrigated by melted snow from the Alps...Read More

  • 9. Eihei-ji Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the two headquarters of Soto Zen, the Eihei-ji Temple sits 19 km (12 miles) southeast of Fukui. Founded in 1244, the extensive complex...Read More

  • 10. Happo-one Ski Resort

    Sports Venue

    Hakuba itself is one of Japan's best ski destinations, famous for powder snow, clear weather, and miles of tracks. The Happo-one ( one pronounced...Read More

  • 11. Hida Minzoku Kokokan

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This mansion once belonged to a physician who served the local daimyo (feudal lord). It has mysterious eccentricities—hanging ceilings, secret...Read More

  • 12. Higashi Chaya Machi

    Historic District/Site

    The high-class entertainment district of Edo-period Kanazawa was near the Asano-gawa. Now the pleasures are limited to viewing quaint old geisha...Read More

  • 13. Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery

    Chuo-ku | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Originally established as an inn and sake shop in 1767, but brewing since the Meiji period, Imayo Tsukusa is one of the one hundred or so sake...Read More

  • 14. Ishikawa Kenritsu Bijutsukan

    Museum/Gallery

    Come here to see the country's best permanent collection of Kutani-yaki (colorful overglaze-painted porcelain), dyed fabrics, and old Japanese...Read More

  • 15. Ishikawa-ken Kanko Bussankan

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Near Gyokusen Garden, the center serves as a place where you can both buy traditional crafts from the region and see demonstrations of Yuzen...Read More

  • 16. Jigoku-dani Yaen Koen

    Bath/Hot Spring

    When snow is on the ground, the Japanese white macaques (Asian monkeys) that make their home here are a big draw, as are their bathing habits...Read More

  • 17. Kanazawa Castle Park

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Though most of the castle is a reproduction, the original Ishikawa-mon (Ishikawa Gate) remains intact—its thick mossy stone base is topped with...Read More

  • 18. Karuizawa Yacho-no-mori

    Forest

    This sanctuary is home to some 80 bird species, including the Japanese white-eye. You can watch from two observation huts along a 2½-km (1½...Read More

  • 19. Kokubun-ji

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The city's oldest temple, dating from 1588, houses many objects of art in its treasure house, including a precious sword used by the Heike clan...Read More

  • 20. Kurobe Gorge Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    Running along the deepest valley in Japan, the open-air Kurobe Gorge Railway takes you on a 90-minute ride past gushing springs and waterfalls...Read More

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