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“Gem of Ishikawa”
Review of Natadera Temple

Natadera Temple
Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Komatsu
Certificate of Excellence
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Somerville, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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“Gem of Ishikawa”
Reviewed 19 February 2010

Natadera is absolutely gorgeous, a hidden gem in Ishikawa that's surprisingly easy to access, even for a foreigner. A scheduled stop on the Kaga Onsen/City tourist bus circuit (catch it easily from the Kaga JR train station), be sure to spend an hour or two wandering the grounds. Its three claims to fame (besides being a beautiful park) are being both a Shinto and a Buddhist temple, as well as being a place where the famous classical poet Matsuo Basho is known to have stopped. In fact, Basho carved a haiku (with his own hand, I'm told) on a stone that is prominently displayed along one of the walks. There are little temples and shrines all over the valley and throughout the park, but there is a large temple complete with a grand (and enormous) Buddha near the entrance--and not only that, there are fascinating caves hollowed in the hill above a swan-inhabited lake, and when it's not snowy or very wet, visitors can actually climb up the hills to visit and pay respects to the kami-sama who inhabit the hollows.

Allow two hours to walk around the park; it is possible to spend anywhere from 45 minutes to half a day, depending on your interests and schedule. After your visit, visit one of the restaurants near the parking lot, where eager matrons will encourage you to eat or buy or both. Afterward, ride the shuttle bus to one of the museums in Kaga, or even better, relax at one of the onsen (hot spring / spa) in town.

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“Astouding nature temple”
Reviewed 30 August 2009

This beautiful place is well worth a visit. It's a large unkempt natural site with many temple buildings and things to discover in the undergrowth. I spent about 2.5 hours exploring and relaxing there.

Standard entrance 600yen, 800yen includes access to an extra tranquil garden.
I took the train from Kanazawa to Awazu (40mins, 570yen). From Awazu there is an infrequent Nata-Dera bus (15mins, 320yen)

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