This is a temple of the Nichiren sect built in 1294 by Nichizo. At Hokuriku-honzan, visitors can also see the great cathedral of Noto district. During the Sengoku era(1467-1600), it flourished under the support of the Maeda Toshiie noble family. While the place is in a relatively hidden area, it has ten items of cultural importance such as the main hall, five-storied pagoda, Soshido hall (where a statue of the founder and buddha's teachings are kept) and Kyodo hall.
This is a rice terrace area situated in the northern part of the Noto peninsula. As there are numerous paddy fields, the area is also known as the "Senmaida" rice field. The beautiful landscape facing out to the Japan sea draws in many tourists and photographers.
This is Japan's only beach which can be driven along, with a length of 8 kilometers, situated in the western region of Noto Peninsula. The area is becoming popular as a driving spot to view the sunset, and various marine sports can also be enjoyed here.
This is a hidden bath house at the northernmost tip of Noto peninsula. The "Lamp House" bath house has a history of around 450 years with around 50 lamps inside, and has magical and romantic views of the Japanese sea from the bathing areas. ※Credit：石川県観光連盟
This is a secret onsen in Kurobe Valley, that is part of the local valley river and was visited by Emperor Showa as well as Yosano Akiko. The area is also a popular tourist spot to see the Kurobe Gorge railroad and view the spectacular landscape. The area is particularly popular in summer for the greenery and in autumn for the autumn leaf viewing.
This is one of the three Japanese gardens which was built by Maeda Tsunanori in 1676. Originating from the clan garden which was built at the outskirts of Kanazawa Castle by the Kaga clan, the park was named by Matsudaira Tadanobu who named it as such due to the six elements of spaciousness, tranquility, artifice, antiquity, water courses, and a magnificent view from the garden.The area also has been rated with 3 stars from the Michelin Tour guide, and is one of Japan's most splendid parks that can be enjoyed all year around due to the plum and cherry blossoms, autumn leaves and snow views.
This is Japan's tallest waterfall at 350m, in the Tateyama mountain range. The name comes from the fact that a Priest named Hounen heard the voice that called "Shomyo Nenbutsu " from the sound of the waterfall.
This is one of Japan's three large snowy mountains with a length of 3.5km and altitude of 600 meters, situated in Hakuba village. The valley is formed from the peaks of Hakuba and Suko, and as there is a walking route of about one hour from Sarukura to the snowy mountain area, it is an ideal hiking course.
This is a crater lake at altitude 2,405 meters formed by the volcanic activity of Tateyama volcano, in Murodo-daira. In Tateyama faith, the name has the meaning of "God's kitchen" and the pond's water ownership was bequeathed to Tateyama. For those practicing religion in this area, it became known as holy water.
This is an Alpine route of the Tateyama Kurobe mountain range. As snow has to be cleared aside in the heavy mountain zone of Toyama in around March, visitors can see the spectacular snow walls in April and May, with a height of 15-20m.
This is a famous settlement in the southern part of Toyama prefecture, and listed as a World Heritage Site. It is known for particularly heavy snow fall, and the buildings have particularly steep sloped roofing to adapt to this climate. The area is also particularly unique for its frequent traditional folk dances that take place here.
This is a village situated in northern Gifu, and registered as a World Heritage Site. It is known as an area with one of the highest levels of snowfall, and due to this, the roofing of houses is set at a steep angle to deal with the snow fall. Some of these houses still exist nowadays, and are still in use.