Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Kanazawa

Kenroku-en

Ranked as one of the top three gardens in Japan, this Edo-period garden draws its name (kenroku 'combined six') from a renowned Sung-dynasty garden in China that dictated six attributes for perfection: seclusion, sp…
Top Choice Gardens in Kanazawa

Gyokusen Inmaru Garden

Adjacent to the Kanazawa Castle Park, this feudal pleasure garden was first constructed in 1634 but abandoned in the Meiji era. Its five-year reconstruction was completed in 2015. Features include a small waterfall,…
Top Choice Ruins in Fukui

Ichijōdani Asakura Clan Ruins

Designated a national historic site, this unexpected find boasts one of the largest town ruins in Japan. Perched in a narrow valley between modest mountains, it's easy to see why the Asakura clan would have built th…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kanazawa

Myōryū-ji

In Teramachi, fascinating Myōryū-ji (aka Ninja-dera), completed in 1643, was designed to protect its lord in case of attack. It contains hidden stairways, escape routes, secret chambers, concealed tunnels and trick …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Lower Noto Peninsula

Myōjō-ji

Founded in 1294 by Nichizō, a disciple of Nichiren, the imposing Myōjō-ji remains an important temple for the sect. The grounds comprise 10 Important Cultural Properties, most notably the strikingly elegant five-sto…
Top Choice Museum in Kanazawa

DT Suzuki Museum

This spiritual museum is a tribute to Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, one of the foremost Buddhist philosophers of our time. Published in Japanese and English, Suzuki is largely credited with introducing Zen to the West. T…
Top Choice Castle in Echizen-Ōno

Echizen Ōno-jō

Atop a hill overlooking the town, this little yamashiro (mountain castle) is a true delight, even if it is a replica and you have to climb all those stairs. Originally built in 1576, today's version went up in 1968 …
Buddhist Temple in Fukui

Daihonzan Eihei-ji

In 1244 the great Zen master Dōgen (1200–53), founder of the Sōtō sect of Zen Buddhism, established Eihei-ji, the 'Temple of Eternal Peace', in a forest outside Fukui. Today it's one of Sōtō's two head temples, a pa…
Museum in Kaga Onsen

Motorcar Museum of Japan

You're likely to be a little astounded by this significant collection of over 500 pristine Japanese (and foreign) vehicles housed over three floors, in a massive, elegant, though unmistakably modern, red-brick build…
Landmark in Kanazawa

Kanazawa Castle Park

Originally built in 1580 this massive structure was called the 'castle of 1000 tatami' and housed the Maeda clan for 14 generations until it was ultimately destroyed by fire in 1881. The elegant surviving gate Ishik…