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Kaga & Hakusan

Rejuvenating hot springs and seafaring history backdropped by mountains

The southern part of Ishikawa is defined by geothermal hot springs, majestic mountains, and the Sea of Japan. Kaga Onsen encompasses four distinct hot-spring villages, while the 2,700-meter-high Mt. Hakusan has been a destination for ascetic worship since ancient times. Visit this scenic area of Ishikawa to experience fresh Japanese seafood, unparalleled onsen bathing, luxurious Japanese ryokan, unspoiled nature, crafts such as Kutani ware porcelain, and serene temples and shrines.

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Rejuvenating hot springs

Kaga Onsen is a collection of four unique hot-spring villages: Yamashiro, Yamanaka, Katayamazu, and Awazu. Each has accommodation options ranging from modest, family-run inns to luxurious ryokan. Ichirino Onsen is located at the foot of Mt. Hakusan and is a base for the adjacent ski area.

Rejuvenating hot springs

Outdoor adventures

Hakusan National Park has a wealth of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Mt. Hakusan itself is open to climbers during the summer. In winter, Hakusan becomes a destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other snow sports. The Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road passes waterfalls, observation points, and hiking trails on the way to Shirakawa-go.

Outdoor adventures

Deep-rooted history

Natadera Temple has been a sacred site for centuries and today combines Buddhist, Shinto, and local nature worship. Its cliffs and traditional-style gardens create a majestic scene. Crafts such as Yamanaka lacquerware and Kutani porcelain ware continue to flourish in the area. Kitamaebune merchant ships were integral to the development of modern Japan, and their legacy lives on at the Kitamaebune Ship Museum and the surrounding Hashitate district.

Deep-rooted history

Must-see spots

Kakusenkei Gorge

Scenic gorge and walking trail cutting through Yamanaka Onsen

Kutani-yaki Art Museum

Hundreds of years of local porcelain art on display

Natadera Temple

Dramatic cliffs tower over unique temple buildings and serene gardens

Mt. Hakusan Hiking

Scale the region’s tallest mountain, considered sacred for over a millennium

Yamashiro Onsen

Majestic onsen village with high-end ryokan and a historic public bath