Buenos dias. Senor Wada aqui…sup? A continuation of our trip in the Hokuriku region and this time I’ll show you around Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Ishikawa Prefecture. It’s about an hour from Kanazawa City I shared in the previous post.
City of Gold, Kanazawa City
About Chirihama Nagisa Driveway
Chirihama Nagisa Driveway is one of very few beaches in the world where you can drive. As far as I know this includes Daytona Beach in the US, Waitarere Beach in New Zealand, and this Chirihama Nagisa Driveway in Japan. It is said that each piece of the sand on these beaches is equally small and hardens well as mixed with sea water, so vehicles wouldn’t sink into the sand.
Driving on Beach!
Here we are. Chirihama Nagisa Driveway is about 8km long. Many people (perhaps local residents) seem to gather for swimming and BBQ-ing. Some areas near the entrance looked very busy but the further we went, the quieter it got.
OK, let’s take a stop here and look around.
There are BBQ places like every 100 meters. Let’s go check what this place’s got.
Seems that lady handles this store by herself. I asked her to get me seafood from this sea.
Grilled clam (huge!)
Shellfish on stick.
After having those yummy seafood, we had a little bit more drive before leaving the beach. Check a video out from our Instagram page (it’s a little shaky as we drove onto the beach).
So, how was it? To be frank I was a bit worried first if the sand would affect our car something. However, it’s been quite alright! Driving on the beach was a nice and new experience anyway.
See you around!
Yo! it’s Mr. Wada back on duty. After stopping in Fukui, we got to Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture. It was both our first time to land the Hokuriku region. Let me show you around this time.
Welcome to Obama City!
Thrilling Basaltic Cliffs in Tojinbo
The impression of Kanazawa city I had was it’s like a small version of Kyoto. It’s big, but a lot slow-paced place which I sorta feel comfortable. I see nice traditional cool houses as well.
Curiously though, there seemed to be even HIGHER percentage of foreigner tourists than there are in Kyoto anyhow (well, perhaps not really). More Westerns and less Asians. We were surprised I was the only Japanese (customer) in a restaurant we entered on the first night. Hehe. It felt really odd. Perhaps the new Shinkansen (bullet train) that started a year ago is bringing lots of tourists.
By the way Kanazawa produces 99% of gold leaf in Japan. Why you ask? This involves history (Details).
Anyway, welcome to the city of gold!
(Photo credit: Tjeerd Wiersma)
Kanazawa Station (Motenashi Dome)
This whole building at the JR Kanazawa Station is called Motenashi Dome. This gate has become the city’s landmark ever since it was built in 2005.
Nishi (West)-chaya is an area where traditional houses stand. It’s a little distance by walk. You may better take a bus (a 1-day bus pass is available at the station).
It is one of the three Japanese gardens. Kenrokuen in Kanazawa city, Kairakuen in Mito (Ibaraki Prefecture), and Korakuen in Okayama (oops I just realized that I haven’t featured it on this blog!).
21st Century Museum
As it is named it features all modern art works. Some exhibitions are open for everyone outside (some inside also).
This is where all fresh foods gather in town! There are restaurants with English menu in this area. One good thing about this city is it looks foreigner friendly. Most likely you wouldn’t have a problem in terms of language.
Craving for something fresh? Hop in to Sushi Zanmai. Reasonable and great stuff is waitin’ for ya.
Well, I rushed a little, didn’t I? I’d need more time to explore. Hope you find it cool.
See you around!