The Japan Alps and the North Chubu Coast Sights

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Kanazawa 14

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Sado Island (Sado-ga-shima) 5

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Kusatsu 2

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21 Seiki Bijutsukan

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

Buke Yashiki Ato Nomura-ke

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

Daio Wasabi Nojo

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

Eihei-ji Temple

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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...


  • Garden/Arboretum

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

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...

Hida Minzoku Kokokan

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

Hida no Sato

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

Higashi Chaya Machi

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

Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery

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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...


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