Komatsu: Pines, Performances & Peace
Just 17 minutes away by train or car, Komatsu is the birthplace of "Children's Kabuki" and a place to reconnect with nature, with the sprawling forest shrine of Natadera, the moss garden at the Forest of Wisdom, and the Takigahara Farm, an…
Beniya Mukayu, a Ryokan Reincarnated
Ryokans, Japan's bathing hotels, have changed significantly over the last century. Beniya Mukayu retains its traditions alongside its contemporary beauty.
Kaga Onsen’s Hot Spring Resort, Yamanaka Onsen
The most popular of Kaga Onsen's hot spring resorts is Yamanaka Onsen, established 1300 years ago with the legend of a Buddha who knew its medicinal secrets
Road Trip Through the Noto Peninsula
The natural landscape of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture makes an beautiful and worthwhile day trip from Kanazawa. Whether by bus or car, the most breathtaking sites are easy to find.
Shukubo Ikumo: A Temple Stay among the Clouds
Run by Komatsu's Natadera, Ikumo is a green living shukubo (temple lodging) with a low carbon footprint, unique Shinto fire ceremony and delicious food.
Uchinada: Food, Fun & Festivities by the Sea
Benjamin Ryo Ogawa – "It would be a grave—yet common—mistake to write off Uchinada as simply a bed-town of Kanazawa. Beach, food, karaoke bars, scenery, all come together to give Uchinada a unique beach town vibe."
Shirakawago & Beyond: Farm Villages of the Japanese Alps
Japanese gasshou-style farm villages like those of Shirawakago are only an hour or two away from Kanazawa. The Japanese Alps hosts other villages like Gokayama and Takayama are along bus routes, and Shiramine is even more hidden away. Each…
White Road: Best Driving Route to Shirakawago
White Road is the winding mountain drive that runs through the Japanese Alps between Hakusan City just south of Kanazawa all the way to Shirakawago. It's only open from June to October, as the heavy Japanese snows keep it closed in winter …
Fukui Dinosaur Museum
For the dinosaur lover, young and old, no visit to Japan is complete without a day trip from Kanazawa to the Fukui Dinosaur Museum, one of the top thee museums of its kind in the world, the largest in Japan, and dedicated to excavation, re…
Yuyado Sakamoto: A Unique Ryokan Experience in the Noto
"There is no TV, no internet connection, no private restroom, no air conditioner. If you cannot do without, then you cannot afford to stay" —Yuyado Sakamoto
Kitaro Nishida Museum of Philosophy
The Kitaro Nishida Museum of Philosophy, designed by Tadao Ando, is one of Kanazawa's architectural marvels. The man it honors was often controversial in his lifetime for incorporating Western with Eastern ideas. Nishida lived in the same …
The Origin of Zen
The popularity of Zen Buddhism; with its stronger focus on nature, the possibility of spontaneous enlightenment, and an emphasis on mentors and teachers rather than deities; exploded as the developing samurai warrior class adopted its teac…