Visit the magnificent mountains of the Japan Alps and enjoy the fresh seafood along the west coast of Japan. Niigata prefecture is a famous skiing area known for its powder snow. Can’t miss Kanazawa city too, which is a unique city where you can see the fusion of both historical sites and modern museums.
Known as a city of culture and art, Kanazawa city in Ishikawa prefecture is a must-see destination in Hokuriku Shinetsu region. Kenrokuen Garden, one of Japan's most famous gardens, offers a variety of seasonal scenery. Don't miss the Higashi Chaya Street, where teahouses are preserved to entertain guests with songs and dances. You can also try a gold leaf experience of pasting gold leaf on a tableware. If you are more into eating, try a soft serve ice cream with gold leaf as the topping!
Two of the villages, Ainokura and Suganuma, have been registered as World Heritage sites in Gokayama of Toyama prefecture, where you can see traces of the world. In some of the gassho-zukuri inns of Ainokura, visitors can stay overnight, which is an one and only experience. At Suganuma, the lighting-up event in spring is a must-see as well. Be sure to visit Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture, which is also registered as a World Heritage site along with Ainokura and Suganuma.
Take the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route or the Kurobe Gorge Trolley Train and experience the magnificent Northern Alps. The Tateyama mountain range rises nearly 3,000 meters above sea level. In winter, you can enjoy a wall of snow, and in autumn, the leaves change color. You can enjoy the breathtaking starry sky from Murodo, the highest point of the mountain.