Walking around Daishoji

Back in the days during the Edo period (1603-1868), the Daishoji domain thrived as a cadet branch of one of Japan’s most powerful feudal clans. Its lords helped stirring up some remarkable developments in the field of art and culture which, along with the numerous temples that remain from those times, have bestowed the town its very unique atmosphere. Besides walking along splendid alleys of cherry trees and enjoying a tranquil cruise on a small craft, discover the widely acclaimed local art of Kutani Porcelain and seek the town’s historical majesty.

JR Kaga Onsen sta.

Train 4 min. (fee ¥190)

JR Daishoji sta.

Walk 5 min.

Soryokan

This house used to be part of a larger residence that belonged to Kubo Hikobe, one of the wealthiest Kitamaebune trading vessels company owners that thrived in the area before the Meiji Restoration. Originally built in the neighboring town of Hashitate in 1841, it was later moved to Daishoji and restored. The rock garden depicting Kitamaebune fleets in the Sea of Japan is especially noteworthy.

Open
Daily 9am-5pm (Last entry: 4:30pm)
Closed
12/29-1/3
Entrance fee
Free
Address
Kumasakamachi, Ha−28
Walk 3 min.

Yamanoshita Temples area

<Zenshoji Temple>
The famous 17th century poet Matsuo Basho stayed in this zen temple and wrote a famous haiku inspired by the willow tree in the garden. In addition to the splendid main building, the temple is also famous for its 517 small sculptures depicting “rakan”, the disciples and followers of Buddha in a detached lodge. Each one of them was carved with a thorough sense for facial physiognomy.

<Jisshoin Temple>
This zen temple was founded in honor of the samurai Maeda Toshiharu, the first of a dynasty of feudal lords who ruled the area during the Edo period (1600-1868). Many of them are still resting in the adjoining garden’s graveyard. Cherry trees in the spring and bush clovers in the fall offer splendid sceneries.

Walk 15 min.

Daishoji Riverboat Cruises

From the first rustles of spring to the last leaves of autumn, get on board of a wooden craft to enjoy a peaceful cruise in the heart of the old feudal Daishoji, and feel the atmosphere of a bygone era while listening to the boatman’s melancholic folk songs. Highlights such as cherry blossoms in the spring and bright autumn colors are likely to provide memorable moments.
In the very heart of the old feudal Daishoji, get on board of a traditional wooden craft and enjoy a 30 minutes peaceful cruise between the blossoms on the banks.

Walk 3 min.

Fukata Kyuya's Museum of Mountain

Set in a beautiful wooden house from the Meiji period, this museum is dedicated to the life and works of Kyuya Fukata (1903-1971). A native of Daishoji, writer and mountain enthusiast, Kyuya Fukata wrote a very popular book among Japanese mountain lovers and hikers; 100 famous mountains of Japan, a personal selection on criteria of grace, history and originality.

Walk 15 min.

Kutaniyaki Porcelain Museum

Kutani ware which is widely considered as one of Japan's most original and highly decorative porcelain styles, has left a remarkable legacy that lives on up to these days.Along with the turmoil of history and the work of successive generations of talented craftsmen, the Kutani Ware has evolved to cover a wide range of distinctive styles and approaches that can be admired in this museum.
On the second floor, you will find a cozy café overlooking at the beautiful museum’s park and a shop that proposes postcards, and books related to the art of Kutani ceramics besides finely crafted tableware products.

Walk 7 min.

JR Daishoji sta.

Train 4 min. (fee ¥190)

JR Kaga Onsen sta.