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Southern Hokuriku

This is another one of Japan's unexplored regions. Unusual for Japan, parts of Ishikawa don't have a highly developed train system, hence the feeling of seeing towns and regions for the first time. The coast of the Noto Peninsula is dotted with small fisherman towns -- you may enjoy the beach town vibe in the summer, and the desolation in the winter

The capital, Kanazawa, is called 'small Kyoto' and has kept many traditional buildings and streets, yet the city feels large and sophisticated. One Kanazawa park, Kourakuen, is considered among the prettiest in Japan.

Tojjibo, a rock pillar made of pyroxene andesine, and the Zen temple Eihei-ji are the most popular sites in Fukui prefecture. Eihei-ji permits visitors to join in a meditation session or stay even spend the night in the temple.

Toyama is right next Mt. Tateyama and Mt. Ushiro-Tateyama. Because of its location, there are many natural hot springs. The Kurobe valley is located in this area. You can take a trolley to look down its depth of 165 feet. The ride contains 41 tunnels and 25 bridges.

A trip to Southern Hokuriku offers nature, culture, and onsen, making it an ideal area to explore for travelers looking for sights within easy reach of excellent onsen.

Onsen in Southern Hokuriku

Toyama Prefecture

Gokasan-so $

Kuronagi Ryokan $$ 

Ishikawa Prefecture

Lamp no Yado $$$

$ = under Y8,000 per person
$$ = between Y8,000 and Y14,500
$$$ = above Y14,500
= mixed-bathing onsen
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