Add These 10 Must-Visit Spots in Komatsu City for Your Future Ishikawa Trip
In 2023, the Hokuriku Shinkansen Tsuruga Extension project will be launched!
The launch of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Tsuruga Extension project in the spring of 2023 has brought an unexpected excitement for the city of Komatsu in Ishikawa Prefecture. The city has become the talk of the town even before the launch of the new Shinkansen (bullet train).
Our team visited the city to find out what’s there to see. Check out these ten must-visit spots that we discovered.
NOGUCHI NAOHIKO SAKE INSTITUTE
At the Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute, you can find a gallery of sake made by the chief Japanese sake brewer himself, Naohiko Noguchi, who was awarded as a contemporary master craftsman. There is a facility called the Tasting Room (for reservations only), where you can also experience the kikizake or sake tasting with dishes that perfectly match the sake.
Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute is located at Wa1-1, Kanagasomachi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except on Sundays. Reservations can be made through their website.
SHOKUDO YArn is where you can experience the much-talked-about molecular gastronomy. The mysterious names of the dishes in this restaurant will make you look forward to what will be served. One thing’s for sure, the dishes are made with abundant ingredients from the Hokuriku region making it exquisite.
SHOKUDO YArn is located at 1-37-1 Yoshitakemachi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture and is open from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for lunch and from 6 p.m. for dinner (last order is at 7:30 p.m.). You may contact them at +81-761-58-1058. For more information, you may visit their website.
The CERABO KUTANI or Kutani Ceramic Laboratory that is a factory manufacturing porcelains opened last May 2019. To maximize its operations, they have opened the factory to the public for a tour of the facility. People can also try making their own Kutani pottery here.
CERABO KUTANI is located at A91 Wakasugimachi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays and New Year holidays. Entrance fee is ¥300 and ¥150 for middle school students and below. You may contact them at +81-761-48-4235.
AWAZU ONSEN - HOUSHI
Opened as a hot spring resort from way back 718 A.D., Awazu Onsen - Houshi is one of the world’s oldest accommodation facilities. This is a place where you can enjoy a relaxing hot bath on a wide outdoor bath. The quaint building with the beautiful Japanese-style garden will make your visit even more relaxing.
Awazu Onsen - Houshi is located at Awazo Onsen, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture. You may contact them at +81-761-65-1112.
Take a walk around the beautiful grounds of Natadera Temple, a star awardee of the Michelin Green Guide Japan. Be mesmerized by the view from the Kigan-Yusenkyo (enchanted rock outcropping) garden like you’ve never seen before.
Natadera Temple is located at Yu122, Natamachi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. during the months of March to November and from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the months of December to February. You may contact them at +81-761-65-2111.
The Takigaharacho Ishikirijo (stone quarry), a Japanese heritage site, is surrounded by stone structures like an arch-shaped stone bridge, a magnificent stone quarry that is worth seeing. This may be greatly appreciated by fans of the game Minecraft.
Takigaharamachi Ishikirijo is located at 136 Takigaharamachi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture.
LA PETITE PORTE
LA PETITE PORTE is French for “a small door.” They offer a menu loaded with natural food like vegetables and protein-rich soybeans. The cafe is connected to an accommodation facility making it a convenient destination. It was also a surprise to see outdoor goats.
La Petite Porte is located at Ka122 Seiryomachi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for lunch and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner (with reservations only). You may contact them at +81-761-46-1565.
ATAKA SUMIYOSHI SHRINE
Because the legend of how Yoshitsune and Benkei escaped from difficulties remains a favorite in Japanese culture, Ataka Sumiyoshi Shrine believes that there is something good that comes from overcoming hardships. If you visit the shrine, make sure to get the amulet that is believed to help with difficulties. At the precinct, there is also the historical landmark, Ataka barrier, that is known to be the stage for Kanjincho, a kabuki dance-drama.
Ataka Sumiyoshi Shrine is located at Ta17 Atakamachi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. You may contact them at +81-761-22-8896.
Traditional Handicrafts Village YUNOKUNI NO MORI
The Traditional Handicrafts Village Yunokuni no Mori is a theme park where you can experience more than fifty kinds of traditional Japanese handicrafts. During our visit, we tried the kinpaku-hari or the gilding of gold leaf which came out pretty good because we were guided closely. It was also nice that the park was covered with nature.
Traditional Handicrafts Village Yunokuni no Mori is located at Na3-3 Awazu Onsen, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (schedule may vary). You may contact them at +81-761-65-3456.
ATAKA VIEW TERRACE
From the Ataka View Terrace, you can enjoy a good view of the Ataka sea while having a sip of coffee and some light snacks served by the ATAKA CAFE. This is also where you can buy souvenirs to bring home to family or simply as a keepsake.
Ataka View Terrace is located at 140-4 Atakamachi, Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-761-21-6734.
You can enjoy a combination of traditional and contemporary experience in Komatsu City. With the Shinkansen extension project, it’ll be even easier to make your way here.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (16 March 2020)