The canbus is a sightseeing loop bus departing from the JR Kaga Onsen Station and serving all major sightseeing spots in the area. Of the two routes available, we propose you to make the best of the mountain route circuit to visit some of the area’s major highlights. Since each loop takes around 1 and half and the number of departures is limited to 10 daily, we strongly recommend you to check the timetables and plan your visit in advance.
JR Kaga Onsen Station
You will find the canbus office just out of the JR Kaga Onsen Station from south exit. One-day pass (¥1,000), Two-day pass (¥1,200) and Kaga passport (two-day pass including entry to 3 facilities/¥1,500) are available for sale at the office, inside the bus or at the Kaga Onsen Station Tourism Information Center.
Buses going either on the sea route, the mountain route and the Komatsu Airport all depart from the same bus stop. We recommend you to check the time-schedule on the Canbus website to avoid getting on the wrong bus.
Originally founded by a Zen master in 717 and rebuilt during the Edo period after having suffered multiple harms and destructions, 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 sparkling colors of the site in autumn makes it a major sightseeing spot nationwide in November.
Set inside a natural forest, this traditional style houses village proposes many hands-on activities covering a wide range of local handicrafts techniques such as pottery, silk-dyeing and even making soba noodles. In all, around 50 different hands-on are available. A restaurant and several souvenir shops that propose various of traditional arts and crafts items from Ishikawa are also available on the site.
Set in a typically Japanese/western style 12,000 m2, building, this facility has acquired a comprehensive collection of about 500 car models from different countries. This is simply 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 Royce’s, Japanese commercial and sport 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.
JR Kaga Onsen Station