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The Chirihama Nagisa Driveway is a surprising minor detour — a 6-mile stretch of beach on the east coast of the Noto Peninsula that is open to cars — before a relaxing evening meal and onsen in the Kagaya hotel, where the crab is locally caught and superb. First stop the next morning is Kanazawa, another town with a carefully preserved heart, where one may be invited to take green tea with the okami, or owner, of the venerable Kaikaro chaya, or tea house. Geisha have been entertaining guests at Kaikaro for nearly 200 years and the wooden building, with a traditional sunken hearth on the ground floor and geisha changing rooms upstairs, reeks of the parties where they sang, danced and poured the beer and sake for their patrons. Overflowing with seafood of every description, the nearby Omi-cho market is the ideal place for a lunch of sushi and for working up an appetite for the Kanazawa Samurai Theater, where actors perform traditional dances accompanied by taiko drums and samisen lutes and visitors are able to try on suits of samurai warrior armor or the kimono worn by geisha. The final stop en route for Nagoya, where it’s best to leave the car, is the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, which is housed in a huge silver sphere, making it an unmissable landmark in the paddy fields and hills of the prefecture. As well as the obvious crowd-pleasers — Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegasaurous, Triceratops and others — the museum shows off three unique species of dinosaur that have been discovered in Fukui, including a new species of raptor.

HOW TO GET TO KANAZAWA How to get there: United Airlines and Japan Airlines operate direct flights to Narita. Travel time: About three to four hours flight to Narita, then a 75-minute train ride to Karuizawa. Best time to go: Cherry blossom season is a difficult-to-predict two-week spell in April, but the spectacular autumn foliage can be enjoyed from late September all the way through to mid-November. Currency and conversion rate: $100 is 11,135 yen at present rates. Languages: A smattering of Japanese would be an advantage, but signage and menus are very often available in English, while many people speak at least some English. Car rental: www.japanican.com Ninja mountain biking in Ueda City: www.chougenbou.com Matsumoto Castle: www.matsumoto-castle.jp Shinhotaka Ropeway: www.shinhotaka-ropeway.jp Takayama Historic District: www.travel.kankou-gifu.jp Shirakawa-go: www.ml.shirakawa-go.org Chirihama Nagisa Driveway: www.hot-ishikawa.jp Kaikaro Tea House: www.kaikaro.jp/eng Omi-cho market: www.kanazawa-tourism.com Samurai Yakata: www.samuraiyakata.com Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum: www.dinosaur.pref.fukui.jp Accomodations: The Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu: 4-8-9 Ote, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture 390-0874. Tel. 81 263 32 0114. www.matsumotohotel-kagetsu.com The Takayama Green Hotel: 506-0031 Takayama City, Nishinoisshiki 2-180, Gifu Prefecture. Tel. 81 57733 5500. www.takayama-gh.com Kagaya: 80 Yo-bu, Wakura-machi, Nanao-shi, Ishikawa Prefecture, 926-0192. Tel. 81 767 62 1111. www.intl.kagaya.jp Tsuruya: 4-601 Onsen, Awara-shi, Fukui Prefecture, 910-4104. Tel. 81 776 77 2001. www.awara-turuya.jp

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