Walking around Daishoji

Back in the days during the Edo period (1603-1868), the Daishoji domain was a cadet branch of one of Japan’s most powerful feudal clans. Its lords helped stirring up some remarkable developments in the fields 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 rivercraft, discover the widely acclaimed local art of Kutani Porcelain and seek the town’s historical majesty.

JR Kaga Onsen Station

Train Take the JR Hokuriku Main Line local train(Fukui Bound)
4 min. (fee ¥190)

JR Daishoji Station

Walk 5 min.

Soryokan

This house used to be a part of a large residence that belonged to Kubo Hikobe, one of those wealthiest Kitamaebune trading vessels company owners whose business 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.

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 and enjoy a 30 minutes quite cruise in the heart of the old feudal Daishoji. Cradled by the gentle sound of the water lapping the craft while listening to the boatman’s melancholic folk songs will surely make travel back in time and feel the atmosphere of a bygone era. Seasonal highlights such as springtime cherry blossoms and spider lilies in early autumn are likely to provide memorable moments.
Due to important affluence, reservations are required in spring and autumn.

Walk 3 min.

Fukada Kyuya Memorial Museum

Set in a beautiful wooden house from the Meiji period, this museum is dedicated to the life and works of Kyuya Fukada (1903-1971). A native of Daishoji, gifted writer and mountain enthusiast, Kyuya Fukada wrote a very popular book among Japanese mountain lovers and hikers; One Hundred Mountains of Japan, a personal selection on criteria of grace, history and originality. This nice house also serves as an exchange space for mountain and great nature lovers. A tea salon and art gallery is also available.

Walk 15 min.

Kutani Porcelain Art Museum

The Kutani porcelain ware is widely considered as one of Japan's most original and highly decorative porcelain styles, living a remarkable artistic 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 are presented 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 as well as finely crafted tableware items.

Walk 7 min.

JR Daishoji Station

Train 4 min. (fee ¥190)

JR Kaga Onsen Station