Kanazawa & the Hokuriku Coast

There's a lot of hype about this interesting, though relatively unexciting sea cave carved into the cliff by the force of the waves. Nearby are souvenir shops and restaurants galore.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Kanazawa & the Hokuriku Coast attractions

1. Myōjō-ji

9.91 MILES

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…

2. Sōji-ji Soin

12.66 MILES

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…

3. Cosmo Isle Hakui

14.65 MILES

One for X-Files fans, this quirky space and science museum features ’60s and ’70s USSR space-mission relics and several UFO and alien exhibits (including…

4. Kita-ke

20.97 MILES

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…

5. Asa-ichi

22.24 MILES

Among a few hundred elderly women selling fresh-off-the-trawler seafood, this entertaining morning market features cool boutiques offering tasteful…

6. Kiriko Kaikan

22.25 MILES

Here you can view a selection of the impressive illuminated, lacquered floats used in the Wajima Taisai festival, some up to 15m tall. Take the bus to…

7. Ishikawa Wajima Urushi Art Museum

22.26 MILES

This modern museum, about a 15-minute walk west of the former train station, has rotating exhibitions of its large lacquerware collection in galleries…

8. Himi Shōwa Museum

24.26 MILES

This fabulous little museum is a good reason to pass through Himi. It showcases all manner of memorabilia from the Shōwa period (1926–89), encompassing…