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April 16, 2024
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Go Beyond Japan’s Major Cities: Hokuriku Shinkansen Extension in 2024 Endless Fun for the Whole Family in Ishikawa and Fukui Prefectures


The landscape of travel in Japan is set to undergo a remarkable transformation with the extension of the existing Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kanazawa and beyond, providing unprecedented access to scenic landscapes and cultural treasures.

The Hokuriku region is located on the northwestern part of Japan’s main island of Honshu and is known for all season appeal – spectacular cherry blossoms destinations, vibrant autumn colors and snowy winters. Six new stations on the extension of the high-speed rail line will unlock a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered (as shown on the map with dotted lines from Komatsu to Tsuruga).

Japan, renowned for its bustling cities and rich cultural heritage, invites travelers to go beyond the beaten path and delve into the picturesque wonders of the Hokuriku region. With ease of connectivity, travelers embarking on the journey will experience greater exploration and immersion in Ishikawa and Fukui prefectures and can now enjoy an unforgettable journey through Japan’s hidden gems. Let’s explore a few of the famous attractions in the Hokuriku region.

Top things to do in Ishikawa prefecture:

Kenrokuen Garden
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
Nagamachi Samurai District
Top things to do in Fukui prefecture:

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Daihonzan Eiheiji
Tojimbo Cliffs (Enjoy spectacular Ocean Vistas)

Special Train: Echizen Railway Co., operating in Fukui Prefecture, has begun running a special train themed as the “Dinosaur Train” from March of 2024. The train will connect Fukui with Katsuyama, where the ‘Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum’ is located. In addition to various dinosaurs painted on the exterior, the train cars will also have a special interior featuring dinosaurs, making it a special experience for all age groups.

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