Hokuriku Highlights Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
and Kenrokuen: Experience the Japan Landscape

Stunning views in the ultimate Hokuriku road trip

Enjoy the beautiful nature of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, the traditional Japanese architecture of Gokayama, and Kenroku-en, one of Japan's premier gardens. Explore an old district in Kanazawa or drive on the beach at the Chirihama Nagisa Driveway to see sweeping coastal views of Senmaida Rice Fields. This is our recommended early summer road trip itinerary.

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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

It is a mountain sightseeing route that lets you enjoy magnificent nature and a breathtaking panoramic view. Kurobe Dam, the highest in Japan, is located in the Kurobe Gorge, one of the three grandest gorges in the country. The sheer force of the dam is a sight to see.


A World Heritage site where you can see an old Japan frozen in time.


A famous Japanese garden designated as a national cultural asset. Widely known as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan.

Higashi Chaya District

Explore the streets as it would be in the Edo Period.

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

The only sandy beach in Japan where you can take a short drive right along the water’s edge.

Senmaida Rice Fields

An endless cascade of small-terraced rice paddies overlooking the Sea of Japan.

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  • Approx. 40 minutes by car
  • 1 Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes by car
  • 2 Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes by car
  • 3 Approx. 10 minutes by car
  • 4 Approx. 40 minutes by car
  • 5 Approx. 1 hour 15 minutes by car
  • 6 Approx. 30 minutes by car
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