Kanazawa Castle – The Throne of the Powerful Maeda Clan


Kanazawa Castle (金沢城) was the residence of the powerful lords of the Maeda Clan (前田氏) who ruled over the Kaga/Kanazawa Domain (加賀藩). Until the end of the Edo period, the Maeda clan had great power and wealth, second only to the Tokugawa clan. Along with the adjacent Kenrokuen Garden (兼六園), it is now one of the major sightseeing spots that represent Kanazawa.

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Noto Peninsula – the Stunning Coastline and Unique Culture

能登金剛 巌門のしあわせのがんもん橋

The Noto Peninsula (能登半島) in Ishikawa Prefecture is rich with nature. The entire peninsula is designated as a national park. The diverse landscape created a unique rural culture that differs from the close-by popular destination – Kanazawa. The best way to explore the peninsula is to do a loop course and discover what each town or city has to offer!

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Your Ultimate Kanazawa City Travel Guide


Kanazawa City (金沢市), the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, is probably the most lively city in the entire Hokuriku region (北陸地方) in the north-western part of Japan’s main island – Honshū. Producing 90% of gold leaf (金箔) in Japan, this prosperous city has its own unique culture such as the way fabrics are dyed and the Kaga Hōshō school (加賀宝生) of Noh theatre. The city is also known for having the best Japanese gardens in the world, which enchants its visitors throughout the year.

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Your Best Kurashiki City Travel Planning Guide


Kurashiki City (倉敷市) is more than just the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (倉敷美観地区). Not too far from this popular attraction, there are a couple of unique spots that might excite you if you are a collector or a Japanese sword admirer. Just a 40 minutes’ train ride away, you will be able to source Japan’s best denim from Kojima District. And, you will get one of the best views of the Seto Ōhashi Bridge (瀬戸大橋) and the Seto Inland Sea!

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Genbudō Park – The Basalt Park with NS Pole Reversed


During your time at Kinosaki Onsen, how about a side trip to Genbudō Park (玄武洞公園) that has some amazing landscapes created by volcanic activity 1.6 million years ago? Although the park is called Genbudō, which means Genbu Cave, it actually has five basalt caves, each named after one of the four Chinese mythological divine beasts.

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Tatsuno City – The Perfect Place to Enjoy the Four Seasons


Tatsuno City (たつの市), also known as Harima Province’s “Little Kyoto” (播磨の小京都), is a lovely city with a historical and tranquil atmosphere. Situated along the coast, quite a few of the attractions in the city come with a panorama view of the Seto Inland Sea, including a forest of plum blossoms. The city is also where you can learn about how soy sauce and the thin noodles known as sōmen were made hundreds of years ago!

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The Best 7 Days Chūbu Japan Autumn Itinerary


The Chūbu Region (中部地方) that is located in the centre of Japan’s main island – Honshū (本州), is one of the most scenic parts of Japan. As these stunning attractions are mostly situated in mountainous areas, for beautiful autumn foliage, we recommend you embark on your trip between mid to late October.

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Yuwaku Onsen – A Quaint Town to Enjoy Onsen at Kanazawa


Whilst there are plenty of historic attractions in Kanazawa, the city itself is quite modern. If you are seeking a spot that is quieter and less touristy, Yuwaku Onsen (湯涌温泉) that is 60 minutes away by bus from Kanazawa’s city centre can be a great choice. The hot spring town that has a history as long as 1,300 years is surrounded by rich nature and a different type of traditional atmosphere to the tea house districts in Kanazawa. It is also where the anime – Hanasaku Iroha (花咲くいろは) that was broadcasted in 2011 was modelled on!

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Kinosaki Onsen and the Stunning Michelin Certified Scenery


Kinosaki Onsen (城崎温泉) at northern Hyōgo Prefecture has become more and more popular among tourists both locally and overseas. And it won’t be hard to understand the reason at all once you have seen the Michelin two-star rated scenery from Mt. Daishi (大師山) and the other historical and cultural charms of the hot spring resort that has prospered for more than 1,300 years!

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