A kombu museum where visitors can see films, tools, exhibits, panels, and other content fully describing the appeal and wonders of kombu, from the perspectives of its history, ecosystem, science, and connection with human beings. It offers guidance by a sophisticated robot along with exhibits you'll find only in a kombu museum, including a dress made from kombu fibers and speakers made using kombu materials.
Here you'll find an abundance of Kombu Kan's original fresh kombu products. The shelves are lined with packages of fresh products made in the factory next door. They make great souvenirs of your trip.
Here you can view actual kombu shavings and sheets being produced in an immaculate plant. You're sure to be impressed by the machines and processes you don't see everyday.
This take-out stand sells a wide range of fast-food items with the taste of kombu, including kombu soft-serve ice cream.
This dome theater, 16 meters in diameter, is equipped with the latest audio and video equipment. Here you can see the ice flows that affect kombu's growth, harvesting kombu, kombu underwater, and even rare aerial footage of the Amur River, where the ice floes start.
［Now showing in the Imagica Dome］ The Imagica Dome shows only "Kita no Kirameki" ("The Glittering North")
Kameda-gun,Hokkaido 041-1102 JAPAN
Closed: The year-end and
New Year holidays
Facing Hakodate Bay, here you'll find a wealth of fun attractions including classic red-brick buildings, shopping centers, the old pier, and tour boats. You also can enjoy restaurants and cafes located in preserved buildings constructed in the late 19th through the early 20th centuries. In December, it's bustling with visitors who come for Hakodate's Christmas Fantasy.
This church was built as a Russian consulate and chapel when Saint Nicholas first brought the Russian Orthodox to Japan at the end of the Edo period in the mid-19th century. Its name, Harisutosu, refers to Jesus Christ. Named an important cultural artefact by the government of Japan, it's a beautiful Russian-style Byzantine structure. Here you can take artistic photos of the church against the backdrop of the sea.
This large aerial cableway can carry 125 passengers at once. It offers breathtaking views of the main sites of Hakodate, including Mt. Hakodate and the city lights. From the gondola, passengers view the group of churches nearby, and then the sea and the streets of Hakodate unfolding before them. It takes only three minutes to reach the view platform at the summit, which offers breathtaking views.
At an elevation of 334 meters, this view platform is said to offer the world's most impressive nighttime vistas. There are many ways to reach the summit, including by aerial cableway, taxi, bus, private vehicle, or on foot up the mountain path. The road is closed to vehicles during the winter. While the view from the summit is spectacular both day and night, the view from sunset into the evening is highly recommended. The view is said to be at its most beautiful in autumn and spring.
Built originally to defend the northern territory, this was the first French-style fortified star-shaped stronghold in Japan. It's famous as the site of the Battle of Hakodate, an early struggle between Shogunate and Imperial forces. It's a famous site for viewing flowers when the cherry blossoms bloom together in late April. It also is used as an outdoor theater for public dramatic productions.
The area around Onuma is one of the oldest natural parks in Japan, where nature has been protected since it opened as a Hokkaido park in 1903. In 1915, it was chosen as one of the new three most beautiful sights in Japan, together with Miho no Matsubara (in Shizuoka Prefecture) and Yabakei (in Oita Prefecture).
On sale here are about 200 original products available only at Kombu Kan, including kombu-rich products and seasonings essential to Japanese cuisine as well as popular kombu snacks and delicacies simmered in soy sauce.
Here you can view an original Kombu Kan film on a wide 200-inch screen. Apply at the information booth to view these dynamic, mysterious images of kombu.
These displays describe clearly subjects such as the history of kombu, how it is distributed, and how people have consumed it.
Here you can view the machinery used to produce kombu shavings and sheets and seasoned kombu. The audiovisual guidance system explains it all.
Enjoy Kombu Kan's original kombucha made with fresh hot water (free of charge).
A wide range of dishes is available, including kombu soft-serve ice cream, popular for its healthy taste, as well as various beverages and udon and rice balls made with kombu.
17-3-1 Sakanoshita, Tsuruga-shi,
FUKUI 914-0038 JAPAN
Closed: The year-end and
New Year holidays
National Highway 27 traverses the coast of Iwasa Bay, an area rich in sea life. Here you can see the city of Tsuruga, filled with the romance of ships in port from around the world, and the Mikata Five Lakes, where the scenery changes beautifully with the seasons, next to the clear sea that extends to the horizon. The scenery out the window, in a palette of blue and green, has been called "Nara by the Sea." The ancient burial mounds, temples, and shrines that line the road are proof of the regions historic ties to Nara, Kyoto, and Wakasa.
Echizen Ichinomiya is the local deity of the Hokuriku region. Known familiarly as "Keisan," this shrine is bustling with visitors during the festival season in September. Its torii gate has been named an important cultural asset and one of Japan's three largest wooden torii. Basho visited here and wrote a poem about it on the journey about which he wrote The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
One of Japan's three largest pine groves, this beautiful site of white sands and green pine trees is home to about 17,000 pines (Japanese red and black pines). The Japanese government designated it a place of scenic beauty in 1934. It also is a popular beach for swimming, and every year many people come here to swim in the sea waters. One of Japan's leading floating lantern festivals and fireworks shows is held here on August 16.
This is one of the main temples of the Jodo Branch of Pure Land Buddhism, opened by the Venerable Ryono at the foot of Mt. Ohara west of Tsuruga. Known as a famous temple of Pure Land Buddhism, it has views of a garden that evokes the Buddhist ideal of paradise, especially when the leaves change color in autumn. On both sides of the temple gate are Castanopsis sieboldii trees named to the new 100 most famous trees of Japan.
This small, unpopulated island floating off the tip of the Tsuruga Peninsula is known as the "Hawaii of Hokuriku." Featuring a gently shelving shallow white-sand beach and clear blue waters, it can be reached by ferry only during the two months of July and August each year.
Located in the town of Wakasa, Mikatakaminaka-gun, in Fukui Prefecture (where Tsuruga also is located), this was a post on the old Sabakaido road that connected Wakasa with Kyoto. It began to thrive around 1589. The preserved old-fashioned streetscape includes traditional Japanese homes with storerooms and canals, and it has been designated a preservation area for important traditional structures.
These five lakes strung between the towns of Mihama and Wakasa in Fukui Prefecture—Lake Mikata, Lake Suigetsu, Lake Suga, Lake Kugushi, and Lake Hiruga—are surrounded by green mountains and woods of plum trees. The summit of Mt. Baijo, reachable by the 11.2 km Rainbow Line (a toll road), offers a panoramic view of the lakes.