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.
Rejuvenating hot springs
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.
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.