It takes only 10 minutes by local train from JR Kanazawa Station to JR Matto Station. How about exploring Matto, the town of haiku poems? New discoveries await you.

Chiyo-Jo Haiku Museum

The Matto area of Hakusan City is the birthplace of Kaga no Chiyo-Jo (1703-1775), a female Edo-Period haiku poet known for her poem, "The morning glories have taken my well bucket-- I'll borrow water." You can learn about haiku poems, the shortest poetry in the world composed of three lines with 17 syllables in the 5-7-5 syllable pattern. At the museum, you will find a booth where you can learn about kigo, "season words" that will inspire you to create haiku poems, as well as audiovisual devices that enable you to see scenes and events, and hear sounds, which are unique to each season. The free audio-guide tour is available in English, Chinese and Korean. Next to the museum is Matto Furusato-kan, a folk museum with a garden that provides the perfect quiet environment for creating a haiku poem.

Address 310 Tono-machi, Hakusan
Open 9:00am ~ 5:00pm (Admission until 4:30pm)
Closed Monday (if it is a holiday, the following day), Year-end and New Year's holidays and period of exhibit change
Admission Adults: ¥200 (Group ¥100)
High school students: ¥100 (Group ¥50)
Junior high school students or younger: free
Access JR: Matto Station / Hokutetsu bus: Matto / By car: 10min-ride south on Route 157 from Hakusan IC
Parking JR Matto Station multistory parking (3-hr. free parking for visitors)
Tel 076-276-0819

Matto Furusato-kan

Furusato-kan was used to be the private residence of Mr. Mohei Yoshida, who was active in the financing, rice dealing and warehouse businesses, among others, during the Meiji, Taisho and early Showa Periods. The house was originally located in the current Yasuyoshi-machi, but in 1912 it was relocated to a lot across from JR Matto Station. The main building and garden have been preserved; they make you feel as if you have traveled through time to the Meiji Period. In 1982, the residence was donated to the city, and subsequently it was opened to the public as "Furusato-kan." In 2001, the building was designated as a registered tangible cultural property of Japan.
In the garden called "Shiun-en," there are arrangements of numerous valuable rocks and impressive stone lanterns. You can even find rocks known as "Shiun-seki", which were reportedly favored by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and are very scarce in other parts of Japan. The garden is beautiful, and its appearance changes with the seasons. Visitors spend an enjoyable, relaxing time there, as well as at the museum's Matto 23 Café (Furusato Café), where they can spend a quiet time enjoying Japanese tea and sweets.

Address 56 Tono-machi, Hakusan
Open 9:00am ~ 5:00pm (Admission until 4:30pm)
Closed Monday (if it is a holiday, the following day), Year-end and New Year's holidays and temporary closing
Admission Free
Access JR: Matto Station/ Hokutetsu bus: Matto/ By car: 10min-ride south on Route 157 from Hakusan IC
Parking JR Matto Station multistory parking (3-hr. free parking for visitors)
Tel 076-276-5614

Nakagawa Kazumasa Memorial Museum of Art

This museum opened to the public in 1986 to exhibit works donated by the painter Nakagawa Kazumasa, a master of Japan's art world and recipient of the Order of Cultural Merit with a close connection to Matto.
Visitors are enchanted by over 60 of Nakagawa's works of art, which are dynamic and rich in variety. At the café in the museum's annex, you can enjoy snacks while enjoying a view of the adjacent Japanese garden.

Address 61-1 Asahi-machi, Hakusan
Open 9:00am ~ 5:00pm
Closed Monday (if it is a holiday, the following day), Year-end and New Year's holidays and temporary closing
Admission Adults: ¥200 (Group ¥100)
High school students: ¥100 (Group ¥50)
Junior high school students or younger: free
Access JR: Matto Station/ Hokutetsu bus: Matto/ By car: 10min-ride south on Route 157 from Hakusan IC
Parking JR Matto Station multistory parking (3-hr. free parking for visitors)
Tel 076-275-7532

Taiko no Sato Taiken-gakushu-kan Drum Museum

Here you will find displays of percussion instruments, considered to be the oldest musical devices, which have been collected from all over the world. In each of the Asian, African, American and Japanese sections, valuable and rare items are exhibited, and the history and characteristics of percussion instruments are presented in an easy-to-understand way.

You can enjoy performances of taiko drummers up close, including that of a female trio called "Hono-O-Daiko."
¥10,000/15min, ¥15,000/30min Reservation required

The screen image of taiko drumming in the audio-visual area gives you the feeling of a live performance.

You can make your own taiko drum with a taiko drum kit.
(About 13.5 cm in diameter x about 20cm in length)
¥4,900 About 2 hours required
Reservation required at least one week in advance for a group of 5 or more people

You can make a miniature taiko drum as a memento of your visit here.
The cute little taiko drum fits in the palm of your hand.
¥500 Reservation required (OK on the day of your visit, but at least 5 days in advance for a group of 5 or more people)
15 minutes required

You can have a lesson with a professional at the taiko drum workshop.
¥1,000/30min per person ~ Reservation required

In this dynamic museum you can explore the world of taiko drums by "seeing," "assembling," "learning," and "experiencing." You can join a taiko seminar to listen to stories about taiko drums and to try beating the big "Yamato" taiko drum or a set of taiko drums, among others.

Address 586 Fukudome-machi, Hakusan
Open 10:00am ~ 4:00pm
Closed Tuesday, Year-end and New Year's holidays
Admission Adults: ¥350 (Group of 20 or more people: ¥300)
High school students or younger: ¥250 (Group of 20 or more students: ¥200)
Access JR: Kagakasama Station/ Hokutetsu bus: Fukudome/ By car: 10min-ride from JR Matto Station
Parking 20 vehicles
Tel 076-277-1721

The Tagawa family residence

The main building of this residence, which is characterized by an architectural style unique to the Kaga area, is designated as a registered tangible property of Japan. Part of the garden is an important historical remnant, as it reveals how it was when the main building was rebuilt. The earthen storehouse has been turned into a museum with works of art, old documents and folk materials.

Address 38 Yotsuya-machi, Hakusan
Open 9:00am ~ 6:00pm
Closed Open throughout the year
Admission Adults: ¥500 (Group of 20 or more people: ¥450)
High and junior high school students: ¥300 (Group of 20 or more students: ¥250)
Primary school students: ¥200 (Group of 20 or more students: ¥150)
Access JR: Kagakasama Station/ By car: 10min-ride from JR Mikawa Station
Parking Available
Tel 076-277-1718

Shoko-ji Temple

This popular temple is related to "Kaga no Chiyo-Jo," a famous haiku poet from Hakusan City. In the temple precinct is Iho-kan, where you can see some of Chiyo-Jo's personal effects. There is a stone monument known as "Chiyoni-zuka," inscribed with Chiyo-Jo's death poem. Other buildings include important cultural properties of Japan called "Chiyoni-do" and "Sofu-an," where you can reminisce about Chiyo-Jo.

Address 56-1 Naka-machi, Hakusan
Admission Chiyoni Ihokan Museum: ¥200
Access JR: Matto Station/ Hokutetsu bus: Matto/ By car: 5min-ride from JR Matto Station
Parking Available
Tel 076-275-0161

Matto Kaihin Koen (CCZ) (Matto Seaside Park)

Here you can have a fun time with your family or a group of friends; there is playground equipment, a BBQ area and an open space with grass. Nearby are CCZ Onsen (hot spring facility), an indoor swimming pool, and a commercial facility called "Hakusan Kaido Ichiba." One of the attractions of the park is its convenient location; you don't have to turn off the expressway to get there. In the summer you can enjoy swimming at the adjacent Tokumitsu Beach. Moreover, the view of the sunset in the sea is stunning.

Address Sougo-machi, Hakusan
Open [Apr. ~ Jun., Sep. ~ Nov.] 10:00am ~ 5:00pm [Jul.~ Aug.] 10:00 ~ 8:00pm
Closed December ~ end of March
Access JR: Matto Station/ By car: 20min-ride from JR Matto Station
Parking 100 vehicles
Tel 076-274-0639

Hakusan City Museum

At this museum, a diorama and other items show how Masamine Sumitani, a grand master swordsmith who was designated as a living national treasure, engaged in his work. The second-floor exhibits include cultural properties and outstanding works by prominent people from Matto such as the haiku poet Chiyo-Jo and the Buddhist scholars Haya Akegarasu and Hakka Matsumoto. Another exhibit includes a small-scale reproduction of a historic site designated by the central government in 1972 and known as Yokoe-no-sho: site of a manor on the grounds of Todaiji Temple. Folk materials on display include traditional farming tools used in rural areas.

Address 168-1 Nishishin-machi, Hakusan
Open 9:00am ~ 5:00pm (Admission until 4:30pm)
Closed Monday (if it is a holiday, the following day), Year-end and New Year's holidays and the period of exhibit change
Admission Adults: ¥200
High school students: ¥100
Junior high school students or younger: free
Access JR: Matto Station/ Hokutetsu bus: Nishishin-machi
Parking Available
Tel 076-275-8922