1 Day Tour from Kanazawa: Relaxing Beaches, 400-year old Temples and Aliens in Hakui City.

1 Day Tour from Kanazawa: Relaxing Beaches, 400-year old Temples and Aliens in Hakui City.





Meeting Place

Kanazawa Station


Adult (13+)19,800 JPY
Child (6-12)13,000JPY

1 Day Tour from Kanazawa: Relaxing Beaches, 400-year old Temples and Aliens in Hakui City.

Beautiful beaches, old temples and shrines and a unique astronautical museum await you in the city of Hakui. Less than an hour north of Kanazawa on the Noto peninsula, this city is truly a slice of rural paradise. The beaches here are long and make for a great escape during the heat of the summer! Historically, this area was a crossroads whether that was during the Sengoku or Warring States Period over 300 years ago, and that importance is still seen today in the National Heritage Site of Myojoji Temple. The Sea of Japan Coast is quite spectacular and diverse, with beaches interspersed between captivating rock formations. Finally, you can experience a unique space museum that has both information about UFO sightings in the area and real NASA moon landers. This area is an excellent mix of traditional and natural beauty with the quirkiness of modern Japan. It is definitely a city not to miss when visiting Kanazawa!


  • Go swimming, see all the sand art, have some snacks at the long and beautiful Chirihama Beach
  • Visit the 400-year old Myojoji temple with an original 5 story pagoda and an intriguing history
  • Learn about the history of local aliens and see real spacecrafts on loan from foreign museums such as the Smithsonian

NOTE: The morning part of the tour is meant for beach people, so if you want to join the tour but aren’t a beach person, please either bring something to do or hang out and chat with your guide.

NOTE 2: If it is raining on the day, there may be changes to the itinerary

*For those looking to join the tour from Tokyo or Nagano, please see the FAQ Section below


This tour will start at Kanazawa Station at 8:30 A.M., where your guide will meet you in front of the Information Center near the Shinkansen Ticket Gates. You will have the opportunity to put your belongings in a coin locker at the station as well if you feel the need.

From Kanazawa Station we will then hop on an express train north to Hakui. There are views of the countryside, sea, mountains and cute little towns.


After arriving at Hakui Station, we will first head to Chirihama Beach. The beach is most famous as one of the only in Japan that you can both drive on and swim in. As we walk towards the beach there are interesting statues of Japanese onomatopoeia. There is also a shrine that is open to walk through and see the beautiful golden lamps and old paintings up close. Near the beach there is some art made from the garbage collected in the area, too. When we finally arrive at the beach you will see the large sand sculptures of famous Japanese characters and scenes that they change every year (May to the end of November). After getting a feel for the area you have free time to enjoy the beach in the morning. Swim, take in the rays or walk around the area. If you want ideas for things to do, ask your guide!

Next it’s time for lunch. You can eat at the Rest House, eat at any of the vendors in the area or bring your own bento from a convenience store. We will all meet up at 12:30 in front of the Rest House to start the next part of the trip.


Once lunch is finished and the group is back together, we will head towards Myojoji Temple. The ride there is quite scenic with excellent views of the Sea of Japan as we make our way to the temple. The Myojoji Temple that you can see now was built in the early 1600s and almost all of the buildings are registered as a National Heritage Sites. It was built in the time of the first Maeda Lord and has some unique features. Those features make some historians think that it was built as a citadel to protect trade routes instead of simply as a place of worship.


The final destination will see us go from the spiritual realm to the cosmic one. This museum houses various real space items, such as the back-up lander for the Apollo program. The museum has relationships with many other museums, such as the Smithsonian, so they can have such rare and unusual exhibits. It also shows the local history of UFO sightings. This city is famous for the unusually large number of claimed alien sightings over the centuries. This is definitely a museum that is unique, weird and very Japanese, in a modern sense.


08:30Start your tour at Kanazawa Station, where your guide will greet you begin the tour.
The meeting point will be outside the Shinkansen ticket gate, in front of the information center sign.
09:30Arrive at Hakui Station and head out to the beach.
10:00Reach Chrihama Beach and enjoy the sea! Go swimming, see the sand art sculptures, eat or even relax. You have time to eat lunch at your own pace too. Ask you guide for recommendations for food.
12:30Regroup and walk to the bus stop.
13:00Arrive at Myojoji Temple bus stop and walk up to the temple itself. More than half of the buildings in the complex are from the 1600s, including the 5-storey pagoda. This area was historically important as a crossroads so you will learn about the area and this temple's role in it.
15:45After taking a bus back to the station and a short walk, we will arrive at the Hakui Cosmo Isle Museum. This place houses not only interesting stories of local UFO sightings, but real spacecraft on loan from various museums and space centers around the world.
17:15Start the journey back by hopping on the train.
18:10Arrive back at Kanazawa Station and say goodbye! If you want any recommendations for the city, don't forget to ask.




The meetup point is outside of the Shinkansen ticket gates, in front of the information center. If you are heading out from the gates, look forward and to the right and you will see a four large sumo wrestlers lined up. This is where we will be meeting. For those coming from outside the station, you will find this sign immediately inside of the East Entrance of Kanazawa Station. You may wait nearby there until the tour begins at 8:30 A.M. Be sure to look for the guide wearing a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour tag.



  • Transportation to and from Hakui
  • Transportation to and from Myojoji Temple
  • English speaking guide
  • Entry fee at Myojoji Temple
  • Guided Tour at Chirihama Beach, Myojoji Temple and Hakui Cosmo Isle Museum
  • Free time at Chirihama Beach to enjoy swimming, the beach, etc.


  • Lunch
  • Accommodation
  • Shinkansen/Transportation to Kanazawa Station start point

Other Information

  • This tour involves several hours of walking in the outdoors. We recommend that you wear shoes and clothes which are easy to walk in. Please check the weather forecast before you head to the meetup point and prepare an umbrella or rain coat if necessary.
  • In winter the temperatures will be below 10℃ at the high , and in the morning and evening may be close to or below 0℃. Please wear warm clothing and footwear appropriate for snowy and cold conditions. There may also be snow and ice on the road/sidewalk, and so you should take care to not slip by preparing the correct shoes for such conditions.
  • There will be free time along the way for guests to enjoy the locations at their own pace. However, please make sure that you are at the respective meetup points at the time stated by your guide. If you get lost or need assistance, feel free to call the number which is listed on your tour pass, and our staff will assist you immediately.


Q. I’d like to join this tour from Tokyo/Nagano. Is that possible?
Yes, it is possible to do so! Please send an email to let us know because you will arrive in Kanazawa after the meeting time.

For those coming from Tokyo, please ride the Shinkansen departing Tokyo Station at 6:16 A.M., to arrive in Kanazawa at 8:43.

For those leaving from Nagano, you can catch the same Shinkansen from Nagano Station at 7:38 A.M.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.
What should I wear/bring?
Please wear clothing appropriate to the season in which you are taking the tour, and check the weather forecast ahead of time. Guests may wish to bring rain coats or umbrellas on rainy days, or sunscreen to avoid sunburn during the summer months. In the winter months, the air temperatures will be cold (10 to -5 ℃ on average), and so gloves, winter boots, warm hats, and hand warmers are recommended. Otherwise, please feel free to bring any other items, such as water or a snack, which you would normally carry when walking in the outdoors.
Can I add accommodation to my tour booking?
Yes. We can help book accommodation for guests who will be spending the night in Kanazawa, or nearby areas. Please send us an inquiry if you would like to request help.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible/appropriate for guests with limited mobility?
The nature of this tour means it is not wheelchair accessible and may not be appropriate for guests with limited mobility, given the amount of walking involved. Should this be of concern, contact us prior to booking to discuss options.
Is lunch included on this tour?
No. This tour does not include lunch however there will be opportunities to purchase food and drinks during the tour. If you prefer to, please also feel free to bring snacks and drinks with you.

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