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- The temple is a worth a visit if you are in Kanazawa. One station by Shinkansen from Kanazawa.
A beautiful zen meditation room. You can have a green tea inside the main building for 500 joy.Written July 30, 2022
- We came by train from Toyama, which
was a very pleasant journey, with great
views of the multitude of rice fields, a
large dam and the interesting coastline.
For the quickest route to the beach, turn
right from the station exit and after about
a hundred metres, turn right into a short
alleyway and cross the railway line.
A nice, sandy beach, a calm sea and lots
of rock pools. If you are lucky and come
on a fine day, with clear visibility, there
is a magnificent view of the sea and the
snowy Tatayama mountains in the background.
We came on a warm, sunny day, but unfortunately,
the sky was not clear, so we were limited to
photos of the beach, rocks and an attractive
little rocky island.
However, you can cheat. There is a huge poster
of the beach and mountains near the alleyway
leading to the beach - pose in front of the poster
and presto - you have got the clear day you missed.
Lovely place - worth a day’s visit.Written June 26, 2019
- The road station has just opened and looks great, the air conditioning was certainly very welcome on the day we went.
Compared to other "Michi no Eki" this one had only a poor choice of food in their cafe and the shop inside was also limited in what they had available. Prices were also a bit high for a road station.
So, while the facilities were new and very good, the choice of fare to eat or buy was very limited and overpriced.Written January 17, 2019
- Booked this train with our JR green rail pass without realizing what is was, thinking it was just a way to get from Johana to meet the Shinkanzen at Shin-Takaoka. Imagine our surprise when it arrived, One carriage with 6 passengers and 4 staff ! including Sushi Chef and cute waitress both who posed for photos.
Thought the 2000 yen sushi looked a bit pricey but when it arrived we saw why, top class crab meet, fish etc. Check the timetable it is a seasonal train.Written May 10, 2017
- A peaceful shrine well situated in the center of the pleasant park. Though the shrine is meaningful for locals, there are no English signboards for foreigners.Written November 27, 2015
- Takaoka Great Buddha is considered one of the three Great Buddhas in Japan (the other two are in Kamakura and Nara) but it is not as comparable to the other two.
I would not make a special trip to Takaoka just for this but if you happen to be in the area, it is alright to give it a visit. It is about 10 minutes walk from Takaoka station.Written January 2, 2020
- The tram goes to/from Takaoka to Shin-Minato. I have found it very convenient to get to and from Takaoka and Himeno & Nakasone where we have friends and family.
It's not overly cheap, depending on which station you get on and off, but if you don't have/need a car, it is cheap enough, definitely cheaper and quicker than the bus.Written December 29, 2017
- Walk through the 400th year old foundry town where Takaoka's brass and iron wares are still made and sold todayKanayamachi is the place of the “Senbon Lattice”(1,000 frontages of latticed wood) and is the birthplace of the foundry industry in Takaoka, which dates back over 400 years.
Interestingly, it is set alongside a river and on the other side of the river from the main city. This allows water in the case of a fire and also prevents the fire spreading to the main parts of the city.
Quaint traditional houses line the cobbled streets which feature copper inserts which look like the cobble stones, hearts and stars. The area is also decorated with many bronze statues. This makes the town a photogenic delight.
I visited the small museum to see the foundry process and then "Gallery Ohtera" where I chatted with the owner and sat drinking matcha and nibbled traditional sugared almond biscuits. The people were very friendly and the interior of the building looks like ancient Japan
While some of the foundry offerings are expensive, you can see they are very good quality and would last forever.
It is a 10 minute drive from JR Shin-Takaoka station, or 30 minutes by bus on Katsukihara Route (from South Entrance Bus Stop).Written March 4, 2018
- We traveled from Kanazawa to visit this exhibition. It was much smaller than expected but still very nice. One advice, it’s still quite far by walking from Shin Takaoka Station, good news is the Johana line is covered by the JR pass.Written February 10, 2019
- Easy to find and worth a visit, it Is very close to the Buddha so can combined in the same afternoon, the park which is worth fully exploring, has paths that follow the river, together they make a pleasant afternoon.Written March 3, 2019
- Quite a hike up there, but special with massive cedars and an impressive shrine.
You can take the Himi train from Takaoka station.Written April 25, 2015
- Very helpful and obliging staff who ensured we understood about the floats, had fun dressing up and enjoyed the exhibits. Good souvenir shop and cafe. Well worth a visit!Written June 9, 2019
- Manga is an art form that has never really interested me, even having attended the exhibition at the British Museum last year. However a visit to Takaoka brings to life and adds meaning to manga - even I went to find this post box. Magical - after a week in Takaoka my appreciation has increased greatly.Written March 5, 2020
- Doraemon was created by Fujiko Fujio who was a native of Takaoka. Much of the second floor of the Takaoka Art Museum is devoted to his life and works. Here we see a display of various characters created by Fujio on a plaza in front of the Mantan Hotel opposite the main railway station. Interesting and worth a look. Nice noodle shops nearby.Written March 1, 2020
- Only parts of the moats and castle walls remain. The castle was destroyed and never re-built because of the one castle per domain during the shogunate era. Many things to see – a shrine, statues, nice forested, peaceful walkways, etc. An easy walk from the train station, just past the Takaoka Great Buddha.Written July 8, 2016
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