One of the major sea spots in the Kaga area, the Katano sand beach is set in a quaint cove, surrounded by lush pine trees and often visited by roaming cats and diverse species of birds. Not so crowded in summertime, it is a very popular destination among the locals for sea bathing and paddling. In every season, it provides wonderful sunsets that can be admired from inside the sea side café.
Sea side café Umibouzu
Originally founded by a Zen master in 717 and rebuilt during the Edo Period after having suffered harm and destruction multiple times, Natadera is one of Japan’s most famous Buddhist temples outside Kyoto and one of many Mount Hakusan worshiping religious facilities in the area. Highlights of the visit include the striking carved cliff over an inner pond, the sacred cave symbolizing the mother’s womb and the Buddhist concept of reincarnation, a very unusual three-fold pagoda and a delightful promenade over the surrounding hills. The vivid colors of the site in autumn make it a major sightseeing spot nationwide in November.
All year round, visitors are invited to enjoy picking seasonal fruits such as strawberries, grapes, and apples in this 83 ㎡ large orchard. The facility is also equipped with a barbecue space, an 18-hole golf course, and a gift/souvenir shop.
Set inside a natural forest, this craft village with traditional style houses offers many hands-on activities covering a wide range of local handicraft techniques such as pottery, silk-dyeing, and even making soba noodles. In all, around 50 different hands-on crafts are available. A restaurant and several souvenir shops that sell various traditional arts and crafts items from Ishikawa are also available on the site.
Inside a building designed as a traditional castle, on the second floor, is the Japan Origami Museum. The biggest origami museum in the country, this facility permanently displays a large collection of more than 50,000 original origami creations of various sizes.
On the first floor is a large store specializing in Japanese sweets and confectionery. Both the origami museum and the confectionery space offer hands-on corners.
A specialized store displaying the largest collection of Kutani porcelains in the Hokuriku region including some works considered as national treasures. Potter’s wheel and paintings hands-on workshops are also available.
Set in a typically Japanese/western style 12,000 ㎡, building, this facility has acquired a comprehensive collection of about 500 car models from different countries. This is the biggest automobile museum in all Japan, displaying its huge collection through corners arranged by periods, types of cars and makers. Highlights from the collection include vintage cars, luxury models such as Rolls-Royces, Japanese commercial and sports cars as well as popular vehicles from Europe. The museum also has an international and quite delightful collection of men urinals you should definitely check-out.
This small size leisure park has various “udon” noodles specialized restaurants, a tea house, a souvenir shop, and an exhibition hall displaying local traditional crafts such as Yamanaka lacquerware. The main attractions of the park, however, are the numerous rabbits freely roaming around pet animal statues to the delight of the children.
The Kamoike pond is a wintertime stop-over place for many species of migrating birds including geese, ducks, and swans, resulting in a remarkable ecosystem registered in the “Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat”. The observation center was set up to help protecting this ecosystem and provide explanations to visitors.
Kenmin no Mori is a leisure facility located in the Kaga mountain recesses. Surrounded by splendid natural sceneries, the whole area is very popular with touring and hiking enthusiasts.
Log house rental:
Small-sized: ¥12,750 (Fee for up to 4 people) ※¥1,030 yen added per each additional person
Big-sized: ¥15,720 (Fee for up to 7 people) ※¥1,030 yen added per each additional person
Infants: free of charge
Cabin rental: ¥9,430
Bungalow rental: ¥2,000
Tent camping charge: ¥620
Tent rental: ¥1,880 (camping charge included)
Barbecue booth: ¥920 (food not included)