Trip with a Rent a Car in Ishikawa pref: The optimal tour for experiencing history and traditional townscape
What we'll do
You can enjoy around Ishikawa prefecture.
Great for couples in their 40s and 50s, this is a tour best enjoyed between late summer and early fall. At Natadera Temple, accessed most easily by car, you can experience Japan’s four seasons. Next, stop at Higashi Chaya-machi where you can try on kimono, feel the charm of traditional Japanese style, and take photos of the captivating Kanazawa-esque scenery. At the Nagamachi Samurai District, you’ll have the opportunity to walk around compounds where warriors once lived.
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.
Photograph provided by Ishikawa Prefectural Tourism League
The Genpeibashi Bridge is a viewing point for Mt. Hakusan, from which you can enjoy the beautiful nature of Mt. Hakusan as well as Shibayama Lagoon. A panoramic view of the lagoon with the mountain in the background coupled with the sight of birds relaxing on the lake makes the spot particularly picturesque. The scenery that can be viewed from the bridge is quite beautiful, so make sure to stop by if you're in the area.
3Yamanaka 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.
4Ayatori Hashi Bridge
Ayatori Hashi Bridge is a 94.7 meter long bridge located in the Yamanaka Onsen hot spring resort area of Ishikawa Prefecture. This stunning bridge overlooks the Daishoji River. Ayatori Hashi Bridge is famous for its faded red painted beams and winding and turning pattern that looks like an S shape from below. The unique architectural design houses creates an interesting ambiance with the picturesque scenery all around it. From the bridge, you can catch a glimpse of the Kakusenkei Gorge and its lush greenery and rushing water which makes it a popular destination among all tourists. From spring to autumn the bridge and nearby Sakura Koen Park are illuminated in the evening, which makes for a mysterious atmosphere - the installation is called the Kakusenkei Light.
5Higashi 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.
6Nagamachi Samurai District
In the Nagamachi Samurai District, magnificent samurai residences line old-fashioned alleys of earthen walls and stone paving. Designated as a traditional environment preservation area as well as a landscape area, the elegant scenery from long ago is conserved even now. Shops selling Japanese sweets and handicrafts dot the area, blending in with the residences; the sweet shops in particular are popular among locals.
Focusing on fish found in the region, Notojima Aquarium is located in Ishikawa Prefecture. With over 40,000 sea creatures of 500 different species, the aquarium plays host to quite the collection of vibrant marine life. Visitors can even see whale sharks and other large fish swimming in a massive 1,600-ton water tank, truly an incredible site. From the dolphins’ paradise to sea lion show, and opportunities to actually feed some of the sea creatures too, this hands on aquarium has something for people of all ages!