Yamashiro Onsen, the biggest onsen town in Kaga, is a popular hot spring destination for onsen aficianados. With facilities providing different types of onsen, tourists often spend the majority of their stay in Yamashiro Onsen, indulging themselves in one onsen pool after another.
The town is also where Kutani-ware was revived. Museums and galleries are scattered throughout the town for all the pottery lovers to explore the history and the beauty of this local specialty.
Just like its name, Yamanaka Onsen (山中温泉) in Kaga City is located deep in the mountains next to a beautiful hidden valley. First discovered 1,300 years ago by an eminent monk of the time, Gyōki (行基), the place was developed into an onsen district in the late 12th century. Apart from the onsen with great medical benefits and stunning nature, Yamanaka Onsen is also known for Yamanaka lacquerware, making it a perfect spot to enjoy the beauty of both nature and Japanese culture and traditional craft.
Kaga City (加賀市), also commonly referred to as Kaga Onsen (加賀温泉) can be sub-divided into six areas, including three main onsen towns, each with unique selling points. The hot spring resorts have a history dating back 1,300 years. There are onsen ryokans with a high-quality of service, and various beautiful, local handicrafts waiting for you to discover and even bring a few back home!
Amongst the Three Great Gardens of Japan, Kenrokuen Garden (兼六園) is probably the most famous (with the other two being the Kōrakuen (後樂園) in Okayama Prefecture and the Kairakuen (偕樂園) in Ibaraki Prefecture). This National Places of Scenery Beauty is practically the symbol of Kanazawa if not, the entire Ishikawa Prefecture.
The Chūbu Region (中部地方) that is located in the centre of Japan’s main island – Honshu (本州), is one of the most scenic parts of Japan. The best thing about the Chūbu Region is that many of its stunning destinations are located quite near each other. And, there are multiple discounted transportation tickets and passes for you to choose from!
Coming to Kurobe Gorge does take a bit of time from Tokyo/Osaka. It is also a hassle having to walk between platforms with bulky luggage to get to the next connecting train. But it is worth it for the breathtaking views over the vertical cliff gorge!
When you visit Kurobe Gorge (Kurobe Kyōkoku – 黒部峡谷), one of Japan’s top 100 hidden scenic spots located in the mountains of the Northern Japan Alps, the Kurobe Kyokoku Sightseeing Train (黒部峡谷鉄道トロッコ電車) is the experience that you don’t want to miss.
The 20km railway brings you a breath-taking scenic view of the gorge, known for its length and depth!
Kurobe Gorge (Kurobe Kyōkoku – 黒部峡谷) is one of Japan’s top 100 hidden scenic spots and is located in the mountains of the Northern Japan Alps. It is the No.1 V-shaped Gorge in Japan! With its almost vertical cliffs and virgin forests plus the hot springs in the area, it is one of the most popular places for Japanese seeking relaxation amidst nature.