10 Things to Do in Kaga That You Shouldn't Miss

December 28, 2017 Oliva Fomby

Discover the best top things to do in Kaga, Japan including Kakusenkei Gorge, Natadera Temple, Ayatori Bridge, Motorcar Museum of Japan, Rennyo Shonin Memorial, Korogi Bridge, Yamanaka Onsen Yuge Way, Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice, Tsukiusagi no Sato, Kutaniyaki Art Museum.
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1. Kakusenkei Gorge

Yamanaka Onsen Higashimachi, Kaga 922-0114, Ishikawa Prefecture
Excellent
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4 based on 196 reviews

Kakusenkei Gorge

Reviewed By grrls123 - Melbourne, Australia

We took a bus from Kagaonsen. It was so lovely strolling the gorge, admiring the handiwork of temples and Bridges. We were the only westerners, in fact there were very few people which was lovely. There are so many beautiful trees and plants, so many greens. Love the Japanese maple. Be sure to visit the 2500 year cypress at the gorge end. It's so stunning

2. Natadera Temple

122 Natamachi Yu, Komatsu 923-0336, Ishikawa Prefecture +81 761-65-2111
Excellent
47%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 168 reviews

Natadera Temple

Reviewed By YTCHENG - Hong Kong, China

We took the city bus (circular route) from JR Station and reached Nata Temple in less than 20 minutes. It was a quiet place with nice water ponds, moss lawns, pagodas, temples and rocky landscapes. We were a bit late to visit here by end of November and majority of the maple leaves turned brown and began to fall. The temple was being part of Shingon section of buddhism and the wooden structures thereat were really worth to watch and admire. The area was quite large with some of the scenic spots on top of rocky mountain, Kamisama Hill, and you could well have nice panoramic views from the observation platform on the opposite side of the hill. Visitors with physical disabilities and elderly were only recommended to walk on ground level to tour around the main temples. Highly recommend visitors to come here by chance they visit Kagaonsen region.

3. Ayatori Bridge

Yamanakaonsen Kajikamachi, Kaga 922-0126, Ishikawa Prefecture
Excellent
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4 based on 164 reviews

Ayatori Bridge

Reviewed By Megan F - Seattle, Washington

It curves back and forth, side to side as it crosses the river so you can't see either side from the middle. Interesting for bridge aficionados.

4. Motorcar Museum of Japan

40 Futatsunashimachi, Komatsu 923-0345, Ishikawa Prefecture +81 761-43-4343
Excellent
55%
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4.5 based on 90 reviews

Motorcar Museum of Japan

The classic car called various national valuable wonderful car is exhibited. The car museum where about 500 classic cars of the Japanese maximum level were exhibited.

Reviewed By Stuart M - Fukui, Japan

Great selection of cars from around the world as well as some historic Japanese vehicles. An affordable and good sized museum, this can take a couple of hours or fill half a day.
As with many museums in Japan, there is a stamp collection game for the kids.

5. Rennyo Shonin Memorial

1-901 Yoshizaki, Awara, Fukui Prefecture +81 776-75-2200
Excellent
46%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Rennyo Shonin Memorial

Reviewed By 高山龍山 - Kanazawa, Japan

五木寛之の百寺巡礼の寺院として紹介されていました。夕方近くのせいか、私たち3人だけの貸切で住職さんから吉崎御坊の成立ちや展示物の詳しい説明を一時間近く聞くことができ、感謝しています。

6. Korogi Bridge

Yamanakaonsen Korogimachi, Kaga 922-0128, Ishikawa Prefecture
Excellent
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4 based on 137 reviews

Korogi Bridge

Reviewed By furikake - Honolulu, Hawaii

Did a 1.5 hour morning walk that originated from our hotel to the Korogi Bridge and went on to the river level and then to the Ayatori and Kurotani Bridges with views of the gorge and looped to the town and back to our hotel (Kagayamanaka Select Grand). Very peaceful and scenic along the river, many steps along this path, recommend that have comfortable covered shoes when doing this walk. Beautiful during autumn. We had a guide but it can be done on your own if you are the resourceful type.

7. Yamanaka Onsen Yuge Way

Yamanaka Onsen Minamimachi, Kaga 922-0129, Ishikawa Prefecture
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 124 reviews

Yamanaka Onsen Yuge Way

Reviewed By Nimbostratus - Singapore

Not a huge area, but one where the local tourist bus stops. Try to plan your time carefully whether to visit the Gorge or the Town. You are likely to be able to only choose either one. Best to stay in the area to maximise the visit.

8. Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice

I-106 Ushiozumachi, Kaga 922-0411, Ishikawa Prefecture +81 761-75-3323
Excellent
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4.5 based on 55 reviews

Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice

Reviewed By Kate B - Prague, Czech Republic

I went to the Museum of Snow and Ice with my three friends on a rainy day in Ishikawa and we had so much fun. The museum is dedicated to Ukichiro Nakaya who is a famous Japanese winter scientist and writer. He started to study snow and how the flakes are formed in early 1930s. I the museum you can see some of his works as well as a model of his house and study. But the funniest part is, that they show you some of the experiments that Ukichiro Nakaya performed himself. The demonstration is lead in Japanese with not a hint of English, but even though it's great to see this kind of "magic". They even let you touch the results! There was a few kids in our group and they absolutely loved it! You can also make your own star of ice within few seconds or practise origami snow flake making.
The museum is not very big, but you could easily spend an hour or two just playing. And the building architecture is also very interesting just by itself. For a fee of 500 JPY for adult it's definitely worth a visit!

9. Tsukiusagi no Sato

43-41 Nagaimachi, Kaga 922-0857, Ishikawa Prefecture +81 761-73-8116
Excellent
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4 based on 119 reviews

Tsukiusagi no Sato

Reviewed By aichii - Japan

For some reason there is always a stop included at this place.
There is not a lot to do there...but Barnaby's is a new pizza and pasta place and the set lunch was very good.
If you like rabbits and souvenir shopping then you'll be ok...but if not it just adds another 30 minutes - 1 hour to your journey to or from the hotels.

10. Kutaniyaki Art Museum

1-10-13 Daishoji Jikatamachi, Kaga 922-0861, Ishikawa Prefecture +81 761-72-7466
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 48 reviews

Kutaniyaki Art Museum

Reviewed By YokohamaDancer - Yokohama, Japan

My wife and I love checking out locally made products on our travels, so she decided to stop at the Kutaniyakai Museum in Kaga City. We were starving when we got into Kaga, so we drove around looking for a restaurant, but at 2pm on Saturday, there were really no choices. However, just across the street from the city library and museum there is a super-market, so we put together a little picnic and enjoyed it in the park that adjoins the museum. Lovely park and view towards the museum, which has an interesting artistic setup of V-shaped water flumes criss-crossing each other and dropping water into a creek. While sitting there, checked out the museum's web-site and found that they had a 7 minute video in English and Japanese with English sub-titles describing the history of Kutaniyaki. Really useful to watch that before going inside, as the first history section has limited English. However, the sections with the different eras of Kutaniyaki pottery manufacture had English description at the entrances, but otherwise no labels of the actual pottery, which would have been useful. The descriptions and more information is available in English on the web-site. Overall, a small but interesting museum, with a nice computer media setup at the end that let our nephew (and me...) learn about how the pottery is manufactured. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the Kaga area.

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