Hokuriku | Kanazawa
With its countless historical sites Fukui Prefecture is a dream for history enthusiasts. From the stunning Ichijodani Asakura Ruins to the oldest remaining castle in Japan today, Maruoka Castle, as well as the Fukui Dinosaur Museum this coastal prefecture tucked between the mountains and the oceans is a one-of-a-kind. The prefectures snow crab and mackerel are well-known throughout Japan and make for a delicious bite to eat while you enjoy the abundance of history in Fukui.
Further north lies Ishikawa Prefecture, which since it was connected by Shinkansen, has seen a rise in popularity as a destination recently. Nonetheless, the Ninja Temple, officially known as Myoryu-ji ,the stunning view of the Senmaida next to the ocean and Mount Maru, one of the Japan’s three holy mountains have always been favorites amongst those heading out to Ishikawa. The last prefecture in the Hokuriku region is Toyama, whose name literally means “abundant in mountains” and of course attracts many outdoors enthusiast looking for a challenging hike. One of the prefecture’s most iconic images comes from the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, a scenic drive which is surrounded by walls of snow and ice of over 10 metres in winter.