The Hokuriku region is made out of three prefectures: Ishikawa, Fukui, and Toyama.All of these prefectures are blessed by the sea, possessing bountiful crab, shrimp, and various kinds of fish. They are also huge rice and Japanese sake producers. Some areas get tons of snow in the winter, making them great for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding.Though Ishikawa still has many retro-looking areas that maintain a traditional way of living, it also has places to enjoy modern things like the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in the town of Kanazawa. There are lots of ways to explore this town: the beautiful garden, Kenrokuen; eating kaisen-don or sushi at Omicho Market, where you’ll find local ingredients like fish and vegetables; and visiting several traditional crafts workshops. You’ll also find sightseeing buses and shuttle buses that’ll take you to most of the well-known tourist spots. If you go a bit further from Kanazawa, you’ll encounter hot spring spots with Japanese inns like Kaga Onsen Village – consisting of Yamanaka, Yamashiro, Katayamazu, and Awazu – as well as Wakura Onsen. The prefecture has plenty of places that offer a different charm from Kanazawa, such as Wajima – famous for its lacquerware – and Noto Peninsula.Facing the vast sea, Fukui is home to sightseeing spots like Tojinbo, where you’ll be treated to a stunning scene of the blue ocean and jutting rocks from a sheer precipice, and the Five Lakes of Mikata, which has beautiful scenery of the lake blending into the sea. Established over 700 years ago, Eiheiji is a holy temple that tons of people still visit today to worship and train at. Its wide compounds consist of seven structures, such as the magnificent main temple gate, the temple itself, and the meditation hall. You’ll discover sparkling clean halls connecting these structures together and more here! You can practice copying sutras and Zen meditation here, so if you’re interested, give it a go!You can see the beautiful symbol of Toyama, the Tateyama Mountain Range, from town. However, if you have time, you should try the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. It is equipped and easy to access by train or bus from Toyama Station. You’ll find tons of amazingly beautiful spots to take photos at, such as Yuki no Otani – a snow wall that can be over 20m tall in years with heavy snowfall. If you follow the whole route, you’ll end up at Nagano Prefecture!There are many regional foods that can only be found here: Echizen soba, which is a Fukui dish of slightly flat noodles and grated radish; Sauce Katsu-don – another delicious dish from Fukui that has tonkatsu and a smooth, sweet sauce; Toyama Black – a ramen dish with a shockingly black soup; Jibu-ni, which is an Ishikawa dish that consists of stewed vegetables and duck covered in wheat flour; and Masuzushi – a Toyama dish consisting of beautifully arranged pressed sushi of pretty pink trout that’s even famous as an ekiben. Trying out unknown foods is one of the perks of travelling. If you like Japanese sake, take a sip of some famous local sake along with one of these dishes!