The Old Hokuriku Kaido - Exploring a Forgotten Highway
Japan's pre-modern network of highways, the Kaido, is now largely forgotten. In the first of a new series, we explore the Old Hokuriku Kaido between Fukui and Niigata Prefectures, discovering unique local cultures inspired by travelers on the old highway. Visiting post stations that provided food and rest for weary voyagers, and the castle town of Kanazawa, with its wooden machiya townhouses, we also meet an artist in glass and some inventive highschoolers revitalizing their town with locally-sourced products.
The beautiful old castle town of Kanazawa
Some mountain passes can only be navigated on foot
An American artist finds beauty in everyday Japanese life
Highschoolers continue a tradition of invention, with local ingredients