Taking account of the season, we introduce four fascinating day or overnight trips from Kanazawa. We also list pleasant detours so that you can organize your own wonderful trip.
Traveling by rental car is usually more expensive than travelling by bus or train, but it can be a cost-effective, reasonable alternative to public transportation if you plan to visit multiple destination.
Michinoeki (lit. roadside station) is a public facility set up along the main roads all over the country, offering travel information, rest, food, drink, restrooms, Wi-Fi connection, and on-the-spot sales of local products.
Start: Ainokura in Gokayama
Finish: Ogimachi in Shirakawa-go (Distance: 32.3km (20miles))
Shogawa-kyo Valley (Distance: 16.6km (10.3miles))
Seasonal Highlights: Each destination boasts colorful foliage in autumn. In winter, you can see the villages enveloped in heavy snow. This is yet another attraction, and the villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama organize special illumination events.