The Japan Alps and the North Chubu Coast Sights

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Ishikawa Kenritsu Bijutsukan

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

Ishikawa-ken Kanko Bussankan

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

Jigoku-dani Yaen Koen

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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...

Kanazawa Castle Park

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

Karuizawa Yacho-no-mori

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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...


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


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

Kurobe Gorge Railway

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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...

Kusakabe Mingeikan

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This museum is in a house from the 1880s that belonged to the Kusakabe family—wealthy traders of the Edo period. This national treasure...

Kutani Kosen Gama

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You can watch artisans making the local Kutani pottery, which is noted for its vibrant color schemes, at this spot dating from 1870.


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