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Autumn Foliage at Natadera Temple

The Kitamaebune is a shipping route mainly through the Sea of Japan from late Edo Period to the Meiji Period. The ships spent a year to sail a round-trip between Osaka and Hokkaido and transported a great amount of fortune and culture. The facility itself was built by a former owner of a Kitamaebune Ship named Chohei Sakatani in 1878 (Meiji 11), and is registered as one of the national tangible cultural assets. The beams and pillars inside the Museum were constructed with expensive materials transported from different regions, and with many layers of lacquer painted on them, these beams and pillars still have the lust and shine even after 120 years. Inside the Museum, there are various exhibitions on everything about the Kitamaebune Ships including navigating tools, ship cabinets, a 20:1 model and other information on the lives as a sailor on the Ships.


Best time of view: Mid November to early December


8:30 - 16:45 (8:45-16:30, Dec. 1 to Feb. 25)


YU-122 Natadera-machi, Komatsu-shi, 923-0336






Adult 600 JPY Children 300 JPY


All Year Round


Take the bus bound for Natadera Temple from JR Komatsu Station; or take the CANBUS from Kaga Onsen Station and get off at Natadera Temple (a 25-minute ride)



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