Tourist Spots

Ishikawa Prefecture contains various sightseeing spots, such as the landscape that may be more enjoyed by driving or the scenic sites that can only be reached by car. Let’s find a destination that you wish to see or visit and organize your own journey.

Tojinbo Cliffs

  • Fukui Prefecture
  • Scenic sites

“Tojinbo” is a place of scenic beauty with cliffs that have been harshly eroded by waves in the Sea of Japan. You can also enjoy the powerful scenery from the 55-meter-high Tojinbo Tower and the pleasure boats that go around the surrounding strange rocks.

Address: Anto, Mikuni-cho, Sakai City, Fukui
Contact: 0776-82-5515 (Sakai City Mikuni-cho Tourist Association)
Mapcode: 264 240 131*11 Google map

Echizen Ono City

  • Fukui Prefecture
  • Scenic sites

This small town once flourished as a castle town and has a feeling of history and atmosphere. The townscape with its grid pattern spreads out at the foot of Echizen Ono Castle, built during the Warring States period.

Address: 10-23 Motomachi, Motomachi Kaikan Hall, Ono City, Fukui
Contact: 0779-65-5521 (Ono City Tourist Association)
Mapcode: 240 523 205*77 Google map


  • Gifu Prefecture
  • Scenic sites

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shirakawa-go is a village with 114 thatched- and steep-roofed gassho-zukuri houses. The picturesque scenery attracts people whenever they visit, be it in spring, summer, autumn, or winter. Tourists from both home and abroad flock here as a representative tourist destination in Japan.

Address: 1086 Ogimachi, Ohno-District, Gifu
Contact: 05769-6-1013 (Shirakawa-go Tourist Association)
Mapcode: 549 049 156*00 Google map


  • Toyama Prefecture
  • Scenic sites

“Ainokura” and “Suganuma” are two hamlets with gassho-zukuri houses in Goyayama, both of which are registered as World Heritage sites, along with Shirakawa-go. Although small in comparison to Shirakawa-go, it nevertheless has a rustic charm and is not touristic.

Address: 754 Kaminashi, Nanto City, Toyama
Contact: 0763-66-2468 (Gokayama Tourist Information Center)
Mapcode: 549 622 678*00 [Ainokura] Google map
Mapcode: 549 556 112*33 [Suganuma] Google map


  • Nagano Prefecture
  • Scenic sites

This is one of Japan’s best mountain resorts. Located at an altitude of approx. 1,500 m, it is also popular with overseas tourists. The flat walking courses mean that everyone can easily enjoy a stroll.

Address: Matsumoto City, Nagano
Contact: 0263-95-2433 (Kamikochi Information Center)
Mapcode: 405 873 712*00 Google map

Echizen Ono Castle

  • Fukui Prefecture
  • Sightseeing Facilities

Standing at the summit of Kameyama (249 m high) in the center of Ono City, “Echizen Ono castle, a castle in the sky” appears on days when the town at the foot is covered by a sea of clouds, making it seem as if Kameyama is floating above the clouds.
*The castle in the sky appears in the first hours of morning until around 9 am from October to the end of April, only when certain conditions are met; for example, high humidity on the previous day, a big difference in temperature from the daytime on the previous day to the next morning, and no strong winds.

Open: 9:00 - 17:00 (April to September), 9:00 - 16:00 (October, November)
Closed: December through March
Admission fee: Adult 200 JPY
Address: 3-109 Shiromachi, Ono City, Fukui
Contact: 0779-64-4817
Mapcode: 240 553 009*00 Google map

The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

  • Fukui Prefecture
  • Sightseeing Facilities

Both children and adults will enjoy this popular museum in Katsuyama City, which has been a major production area of dinosaur fossils. There are over 40 whole-body dinosaur skeletons (7 of which are real) and gigantic diorama, so you can feel the lost dinosaur era.

Open: 9:00 - 17:00 (last admittance 16:30)
Closed: The 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 12/29 - 1/2
Admission fee: adults 720 yen, high school & university students 410 yen, under 15 260 yen
Address: 51-11 Terao, Muroko-cho, Katsuyama City, Fukui
Contact: 0779-88-0001 (The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum)
Mapcode: 240 886 544*85 Google map

Daihonzan EIHEIJI

  • Fukui Prefecture
  • Sightseeing Facilities

The Zen monastery was founded in 1244. The precincts contain over 70 small and large buildings, including the seven halls (Shichidō garan) connected by corridors. The halls retain a quiet and dignified air, even when there are many tourists.

Open: 8:30 - 16:30
Closed: Open All Year Round
Admission fee: adults 500 yen, Elementary and Junior high school students 200 yen
Address: 5-15 Shihi, Eiheiji-cho, Yoshida County, Fukui
Contact: 0776-63-3640 (Eiheiji Temple International Department)
Mapcode: 63 507 299*71 Google map

Echizen Washi Village (Udatsu Paper & Craft Museum)

  • Fukui Prefecture
  • Experiential facilities

Located in Echizen City, a major production area of Japanese washi paper, this facility offers a 20–40-minute washi making experience that includes a lecture by a staff member.

Open: 9:00 - 17:00 (depending on the facility)
Closed: depending on the facility
Admission fee: depending on the facility
Address: 8-44, Shinzaike-cho, Echizen City, Fukui
Contact: 0778-42-1363
Mapcode: 200 569 859*41 Google map

Shichiken Asaichi (Morning Market)

  • Fukui Prefecture
  • Shopping

This rustic morning market has a history of over 400 years. It is not touristic and sells agricultural and processed products.

Open: 7:00 - 11:00
Closed: Winter
Address: 10-19 Moto-machi, Ono City, Fukui
Contact: 0779-69-9520 Weekday morning only (Echizen Ono Shichiken morning market promotion council
Mapcode: 240 523 807*74 Google map