Trip with a Rent a Car in Ishikawa pref: A tour for enjoying food and climate
What we'll do
On this tour, you'll be able to fully experience everything between Kaga city and Kanazawa city.
This is a family-oriented tour, best for autumn, and the route is full of spots that people of any age can enjoy. You’ll be able to taste the autumn colors at Natadera Temple and soothe your fatigue from the drive at Yamanaka Onsen. At Higashi Chaya-machi, famous throughout Ishikawa, you’ll be able to enjoy the Japanese townscape and culture. We especially recommend taking this tour in autumn so you can experience the beauty of the changing colors of the leaves.
We can meet here, at the TOYOTA Rent a Car Komatsu Airport Shop.
The shop is 7 minutes drive from JR Komatsu Sta. In front of Komatsu Airport.
The type of car we rent and the rental fee will depend on the number of people participating in the tour.
*One-way: Available inside / outside the prefecture
*To/from Komatsu Airport.
- Price per person
- 8,300 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
Things you'll need:
-Money to buy lunch
-Transportation fees to get you to the meeting place
Natadera Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple in Ishikawa Prefecture. Located in an idyllic natural setting, the temple is devoted to the worship of Mt. Hakusan, one of the three major sacred mountains of Japan alongside Mt. Fuji and Mt. Tateyama. The temple grounds are spotted with attractions and things that are worth exploring, but its caves merit particular attention: the small caves on the face of a rock at Natadera temple have existed since ancient times and were believed to purify spirits after death to allow them to be reborn in a better life. Whether you are interested in beautiful nature, ancient spiritual traditions or Buddhist history, Natadera temple comes highly recommended for anyone visiting Mt. Hakusan.
2Yamanaka Onsen Kakusenkei Kawadoko
The Kakusenkei Gorge is known for its beauty, and between April and November, "kawadoko" are installed here. Kawadoko are elegant tatami mat seating areas that jut out over the flowing river. Visitors can spend some time here relaxing and listening to the lilt of the murmuring stream.
Additionally, if you taste the special sweetness of dishes produced by Japanese chef Michiba Rokusaburo, originally from Yamanaka, you'll be immersed in even further in a feeling of refinement. Kawadoko bento lunch boxes can also be purchased for take out. A wide variety of these lunch boxes are prepared every day, and no matter which you choose it's sure to lift your spirits.
This is a great place to enjoy the nature of Yamanaka while spending time with people important to you.
Misho is a tea shop and an establishment of Maruhachi Seichajo, a company that manufactures and sells Japanese tea. Established in 1863, Maruhachi Seichajo has a long history and a fastidiousness with a type of tea called Kaga-bocha. The tea made from the first picking of leaves in a harvest is called shincha. So as to not harm the flavor of the stalks when making Kaga-bocha, the shincha is only lightly roasted, resulting in a savory fragrance and easy-to-drink flavor. At the teahouse Misho, you can enjoy that particular flavor with a set of tea and Japanese sweets.
4Higashi Chaya District
The Higashi Chaya District, a popular tourist spot in Kanazawa, was designated as a national important historical district for its beautiful, traditional buildings. The buildings have traditional wooden walls and doors, and the pavement is made of old stones. It is a great area for enjoying food and shopping, with cafes and shops selling traditional Japanese sweets and arts and crafts. In the Ochaya Shima, designated an important cultural property, you can experience a traditional tea house. Photograph provided by Ishikawa Prefectural Tourism League
5Oyama Jinja Shrine
At Oyama Jinja Shrine, the first feudal lord of the Kaga domain, Maeda Toshiie, and his wife, Omatsu, are worshipped as deities, and a number of festivals are held regularly. Because the enshrined deity is a military commander, it is said that worshipping here will bring certain victory as well as prosperity in both the literary and military arts. Additionally, as the festivals held here feature a married couple, there are many visitors to the shrine who pray for happy marriages and easy childbirth.