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Like History? Then You’ll Love the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass


The Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass by JR Central is a rail pass dedicated to foreign tourists. It offers five consecutive days of unlimited travel on JR trains, connecting Nagoya with Takayama and Toyama, and Osaka with Kanazawa and Toyama, as well as on buses to Shirakawa-go. 
If you are a pass holder, you can head directly to Shirakawa-go and the neighboring Gokayama region from Kansai International Airport. This famous UNESCO World Heritage Site is popular for its traditional gassho-zukuri houses with steep thatched roofs resembling the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. This distinct architectural design was meant to withstand the large amounts of snowfall in the region during winter. In autumn, the compound is filled with red and yellow leaves, lending the best spot for a selfie.


Resembling hands in prayer, Shirakawa-go and Gokayama’s gassho-zukuri houses are built to withstand heavy snowfall in the region during winter.


The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, the largest dinosaur museum in Japan located in Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture, is also recognized as one of the world's best dinosaur museums. The museum includes over 40 mounted dinosaur skeletons, a large prehistoric diorama, and an exhibition of our evolution, from the earliest origin of life to the emergence of humankind. The Field Station near the museum attracts many visitors who enjoy excavating dinosaur fossils.


One of the best dinosaur museums in the world, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum boasts over 40 mounted dinosaur skeletons.


Tsuzumi-mon Gate Kanazawa Station is situated at Ishikawa Prefecture, and is also listed as the landmark of Kanazawa. You will be impressed by its modern design with subtle touches of gold and traditional décor. The Tsuzumi-mon Gate is built with local Japanese cypress and the gigantic Motenashi dome is meant to protect travelers from the rain and snowfall typical to the region. What a beautiful masterpiece! 


Kanazawa’s landmark is Tsuzumi-mon Gate, a stunning structure made of Japanese cypress.


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