The number of foreign tourists to Japan is increasing year by year. They have various purposes.
The popular plans;
- to visit shrines and temples in Kyoto
- to climb Mt. Fuji
- to shop fancy things in Shibuya and Harajuku
- to enjoy Tokyo Disneyland with your family
- to visit a world heritage site, Hiroshima Peace Memorial
- to eat local crabs while skiing in Hokkaido etc.
In addition to these famous sightseeing spots, there are places not much known yet, but you can enjoy oriental Japan and beautiful scenery.
That is Hokuriku, an area facing Japan Sea in the central region located on the main island.
Since Hokuriku Shinkansen was extended to Kanazawa from Nagano in 2015, now it is very accessible from Tokyo. I introduce some recommended places in Hokuriku.
Kanazawa is the current end station of the Hokuriku Shinkansen and the biggest city in Hokuriku. While it is fashionable and urban, it is a beautiful city that retains old houses and streets full of the atmosphere of an ancient city. Also, don't forget to eat Sushi and fresh seafood caught in Japan Sea!
There are many must-go places in Kanazawa
A strolling-style landscape garden counted as one of the three noted gardens in Japan.
Load Maeda Toshiie moved to Kanazawa Castle in 1583 and governed the Kaga Clan (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) for more than 280 years.
A circular and glass art museum located near Kenrokuen, with many artworks after 1980, including Yayoi Kusama, Tadanori Yokoo, and Andy Warhol.
This area is a traditional building preservation district. Chaya means tea houses where geisha perform.
Take Hokuriku Shinkansen. Hokuriku Shinkansen has some vehicles including Kagayaki, Hakutaka, Tsurugi etc., but Kagayaki is the fastest to reach Kanazawa. It takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is one of the most famous mountain sightseeing routes in the world, penetrating through the Northern Alps where mountains with an altitude of 3,000 m are connected.
A total length is 37.2 km from Ogizawa Station in Nagano Prefecture to Tateyama Station in Toyama Prefecture, with a maximum point of 2,450 m,
Visitors can enjoy the magnificent nature and superb view as they travel with various local vehicles. For accessing from Tokyo, you go to Toyama, Nagano or Matsumoto station by Shinkansen or express train at first and transit to local trains or buses.
Hida-Takayama is a favorite travel destination for some travelers.
Takayama is a city in the northern part of Gifu Prefecture, and because it is in the center of the Hida region, it is generally called “Hida Takayama”.
Strictly speaking, Hida-Takayama may not belong to the Hokuriku area, but these mountains are over Toyama and Gifu prefecture.
In the center of the old Takayama city, the appearance of the castle town and merchant town since the Edo period remains. It earned 3 stars as a must-see tourist destination in Michelin, France's practical travel guide.
Especially Shirakawago is popular. This historic village is one of the World Heritage Sites. You'll feel like you're in an old Japanese folklore tales.
Please check! There are more exciting places.
One of the world's three largest dinosaur museums!
After enjoying Hokuriku, you can move to the west part of Japan by express train.
We have much more ticket collections!
Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who
Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines.
You can take any open seats in dedicated unreserved cars. The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.
For further information and photos, please visit official page at http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/ticket/types.html