Kanazawa & the Hokuriku Coast attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Takaoka

Zuiryū-ji

One of Japan's National Treasures, the temple of the second generation of feudal lord Maeda Toshinaga's family is rightly famous for its manicured lawns, steep roofs, and all-round aesthetic that marries Indian and …
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 means 'combined six') from a renowned Sung-dynasty garden in China that dictated six attributes for perfection: seclusi…
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 Historic Building in Lower Noto Peninsula

Kita-ke

During the Edo period the Kita family administered over 200 villages from Kita-ke, the pivotal crossroads of the Kaga, Etchū and Noto fiefs. Inside this splendid, sprawling family home and museum are displays of wea…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Lower Noto Peninsula

Myōjō-ji

Founded in 1294 by Nichizō, a disciple of Nichiren's, the imposing Myōjō-ji remains an important temple for the sect. The peaceful grounds comprise 10 Important Cultural Properties, most notably the strikingly elega…
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 Market in Wajima

Asa-ichi

Among a few hundred elderly women selling fresh-off-the-trawler seafood, this entertaining morning market features cool boutiques offering tasteful lacquerware, pottery and souvenirs, and hip young Japanese families…
Top Choice Ruins in Fukui

Ichijōdani Asakura Clan Ruins

Designated a national historic site, this out-of-the-way place features one of the largest town ruins in Japan, dating from the early 15th century. It's easy to see why the Asakura clan would have built their small …
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…
Buddhist Temple in Noto-kongō Coast

Sōji-ji Soin

This beautiful temple was established in 1321 as the head of the Sōtō school of Zen but now functions as a branch temple. The site's buildings were damaged by the 2007 Noto earthquake and remain under fastidious rec…