Adventurer’s challenge

Course 2: 
Adventurer’s challenge; Hokuriku district

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/// Introduction

Kitamae-bune were ships that was active from the mid-Edo period to the Meiji period. They carried goods to various places mainly along the Sea of Japan side of the route connecting Hokkaido and Osaka. Thanks to them, products from various regions were delivered to other regions, utilized those goods, and culture and performing arts flourished in various regions.
If we trace the roots of food culture, festivals, traditional performing arts, traditional crafts, etc. in various parts of Japan today, there are many that came from Kyoto and Kamigata (Osaka) on the Kitamae-bune. In addition, many of the roof tiles and stone materials used in old townscapes, shrines, and temples were transported as ballast on Kitamae-bune ships.
Why not embark on a journey to discover the connection between Kitamae-bune and Japanese culture that lives today?

Our tours interweave various themes related to Kitamae-bune, and also combine wonderful spots other than Kitamae-bune, making it a very meaningful and luxurious trip.
The tour can be as it is, or we can arrange the number of days and places to visit according to your wishes.
We can also arrange hotel classes and transportation upon your request.

Kyoto and Tokyo (Edo) are loved by foreigners.
“Kitamae-bune” shows what was transmitted from there, what supported there, and the connection between them.
Let’s take this opportunity to learn about “Kitamae-bune” as you learn more about Japan!

/// FIT package

We can arrange this tour for individual, family, or the small group, following to your designated date, through the year.

/// Itinerary

Day Visiting Places
**the items in blue are related to the Kitamae-bune

Meet with guide at JR Niigata station, then go to Sado Island by ferry

  • Ripped weave experience
  • Noh, night performance watching
Ryotsu, Sado
2 Sado Island

  • Sado Gold Mine
  • Tub boat experience
  • Ogi Folk Museum
  • Shukunegi, port of call walking
  • Manjo-jiki sunset watching

“Shukunegi” old town developed as a shipping industry and a shipbuilding base where sailors and shipwrights (ship Meister) lived and a variety of occupations such as general store, bucket maker, indigo dyer, blacksmiths, and stone makers.

sunset at Manjo-jiki
Ogi, Sado

AM; Ogi castle park walking

Ogi, the southern gateway to Sado, prospered as a gold and silver shipping port and as a port of call for Kitamaebune ships during the Edo period. Shiroyama Park is located on a hill with an altitude of 38m, and is the site of a floating castle from the Sengoku period. Here is a good cherry blossom viewing spot in spring.

Move to Naoetsu by ferry and go to Kurobe 

  • Kurobe Gorge Truck Train riding
    Enjoy the beautiful fresh greenery, lingering snow, and autumn leaves of the unexplored region
Kurobe Gorge Truck Train riding

Move to Tateyama, then check in hotel

4 Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

  • Snow Wall (mid April to mid June)
  • Kurobe dam, Kurobe lake
  • Murodo, Mikurigaike pond
Murodo ropeway

Move to Toyama, then check in hotel.

**You can visit local famous festival “Kazeno-bon” during Sept.2-4.

the famous local festival “Kaze-no-bon” during Sept.2-4.
5 Toyama Iwase district & western area

  • Pass to bloquer by water bus 
  • The most beautiful Starbucks in the world
  • Old Mori family residence
  • Old Baba family residence
  • Gokayama (UNESCO) same style house of Shirakawa-go (UNESCO)
  • Zuisenji temple with wood sculpture

Higashi-Iwase district prospered as a port of call for Kitamae-bune ships, including rice warehouses for the Kaga clan. Rice was mainly carried from Toyama, and kelp and herring were carried from Hokkaido. Since then, kombu has been an integral part of Toyama’s food culture, and you can enjoy a variety of kombu dishes with fresh seafood from Toyama Bay.

Move to Kanazawa, then check in hotel

6 AM: Ohno Yamato Koji (malted rice) Park

While learning about the history of Ono town, in which it’s very famous the representative of fermented foods such as miso and soy sauce, challenge making miso balls, salt koji, and amazake (sweet drink by lees), then enjoy a fermented food lunch.

Zeniya Gohei, who was based in the Kanaiwa district, which includes Ono town, made a huge property by Kitamae-bune business. The food culture of Ishikawa Prefecture is deeply related to the history of the Kitamae-bune, and there were so many miso and soy sauce factories in coastal town of Ohno. The soybeans purchased from the Kitamae-bune are processed to produce miso and soy sauce, and then sent back to various places. Zeniya Gohei was the representative of such business.

PM: Popular and famous spots

  • Kenroku-en park
  • Higashi Teahouse street

end off to JR Kanazawa station, then finish the tour


UNESCO World Heritage: 

The theme of Kitamae-bune:

  • Port of call and townscape: Shukunegi (Sado), Naoetsu, Higashi-Iwase (Toyama), Kanazawa
  • Building and house: Mori’s residence, Baba’s residence
  • Ships, routes and port facilities: Ogi castle park (Hiyori-yama, weather observation place)
  • History: Sado Gold Mine
  • Goods which was carried: Noto’s roof tile, Seki-shu (Shimane prefecture)’s roof tile, Granite
  • Culture which was communicated: Night Noh performance, Ripped Weave, Fermented food
  • Museum: Ogi Folk Museum

/// Price and Booking

The price of this course will change depending on the participation date, desired hotel class, desired transportation, additional changes to the course, etc.
First of all, please send us your desired visit date and details from the application described below.
Our staff in charge will contact you, decide the customized course while consulting and confirming with you, and present you the price clearly.
After your agreement to this contents, the formal booking will be made.

/// Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy for this course after formal bookings;

Days to Departure Cancellation Charge
More than 31 days 10,000JPY
30-15 days 50% of trip price, Min 10,000JPY
14-8 days 70% of trip price, Min 10,000JPY
7 days or Less, No Show 100% of trip price

Please refer to “Price, Terms and Conditions” for other detailed regulations.

/// Application Form

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/// Payment

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After your booking, we will send you an invoice, then after your payment by credit card, the booking would be completed.

/// Contact

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