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…
Japan’s Noto Peninsula: A Breathtaking Road Trip
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.
Shirakawago & Beyond: Farm Villages of the Japanese Alps
From the convenient and historic castle town of Kanazawa, visiting Shirakawago and other Japanese mountain farm villages is any easy trek and a winter must.
Under that Ishikawa Sky
As if the heavens above Kanazawa weren't stunning enough on their own, they are even more so when framed by the Japanese Alps around Mount Haku or by the sea...
The Paths Less Taken: Secret Spots in Kanazawa
Away from the typical tourist areas in Kanazawa are secret spots! Wander the hidden pathways through geisha district alleyways and protected forests.
Go Forest Bathing & See Sacred Trees in Kanazawa
In a smaller castle town like Kanazawa, finding a green spot of nature is easy! Here are my favorite places to visit sacred trees and bathe in forests.
Noguchi: The Brewery of a Sake Master…
alcohol nature Noto sake Sake, what Japanese call nihon-shu, takes only three simple ingredients: rice, water and the mold for fermenting, koji. Yet from these three, we can produce an abundant variety of flavors and intensities. In Japan,…
Noyaki: Wildfire Earthenware on Kanazawa’s Beach
Once every summer, just as the temperatures have passed their peak, a god of fire is called to work the creation of a unique kind of Japanese earthenware on Kanazawa’s shores. Noyaki, literally translated as “wild burning” or &…
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
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
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.