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  • Ataka-no-seki (Barrier)
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  • Ataka-no-seki stone monument
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  • Ruins of Ataka-no-seki
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  • Ataka Sumiyoshi Jinja Shrine
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  • Walking Trail
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Ataka-bayashi Recreation Forest


Elevation  roughly 5–15m

Ataka Barrier and a Japanese black pine forest

ー This forest is the setting for the ageless tale of Yoshitsune and Benkei that features in Kanjincho, one of Japan's 18 best kabuki plays. ー

Ataka Barrier and a Japanese black pine forest

ー This forest is the setting for the ageless tale of Yoshitsune and Benkei that features in Kanjincho, one of Japan's 18 best kabuki plays. ー

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Kinki Chugoku
Geographical/topographical features
Located to the west of central Komatsu, this coastal forest on the Sea of Japan (the boundary of the National Forest is about 100 m from the shoreline) stands on land that is almost completely flat. The Ataka coast has been chosen as one of Japan's 100 top white sand beaches beside beautiful green pine groves by the Association for the Protection of Japan's Green Pines.
Historical/cultural features
This area is renowned throughout Japan as the home of Ataka-no-seki, the gate made famous by the well-loved tale of Minamoto no Yoshitsune and Benkei on their journey to Oshu Province. The tale was adapted into the kabuki play Kanjincho, at the climax of which Benkei, disguised as a yamabushi mountain ascetic, reads out a fake kanjincho (a subscription list of people who had donated money to rebuild Todaiji Temple in Nara after it burned down), which he has made up on the spot.
As a busy port of call on the Kitamaebune shipping route from the Edo period onward, the streets of Ataka were thronged with shipping agents and sailors and the town enjoyed great prosperity. Some of the mansions of the shipping agents and other parts of the townscape dating back to those times can still be seen today.
Climate, flora and fauna
Sea of Japan climate zone, kuromatsu, Japanese black pine (Pinus thunbergii) natural forest
Surrounded by a pine forest, this area is almost completely flat. Among the nearby attractions enabling visitors to lose themselves in the legendary tale of Yoshitsune are bronze statues recreating a famous scene from the kabuki play set here, along with the Kanjincho Monogatari-kan Museum, where visitors can watch a video of notable scenes from the play. In addition, at the adjacent Ataka Sumiyoshi Shrine can be found precious raised cloth pictures and color prints depicting scenes from Kanjincho.
Ataka View Terrace commands a panoramic view of the Sea of Japan, offering visitors the chance to savor the magical sight of the evening sun sinking beyond the horizon, across the sea.
A 3.1-km section of the Komatsu–Kaga Bikeway (total cycle path length: 26.7 km) passes through the forest, enabling cyclists to enjoy cycling along the coast. Heading further south, visitors can cycle as far as the Kaga Hashitate Historic Preservation District(Kaga city), the location of a collection of historic buildings dating back to the late Edo through mid-Meiji periods, when the settlement flourished as the home of the Kitamaebune shipping route ship-owners and captains.
Kanjincho Monogatari-kan Museum (beside Ataka-bayashi Recreation Forest) offers visitors the opportunity to watch a video with a digested version of the Kanjincho kabuki play, with a commentary that even kabuki novices will be able to understand easily.
Ataka View Terrace (beside Ataka Recreation Forest) is a restaurant and shop.
Ishikawa Aviation Plaza (5 minutes by car or 20 minutes on foot from Ataka Recreation Forest) is the only aviation museum on the Sea of Japan side of the country.
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Usage Guide
Entrance fee
Opening seasons and hours
Ataka Recreation Forest itself can be used 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Ataka View Terrace is open 9am-5pm all year round (closed Wednesdays)
Accommodation options
Several accommodation facilities are available near Komatsu IC (2 km / 5 minutes)
Several accommodation facilities are available near Komatsu Station (4 km / 10 minutes)
Numerous hotels and Japanese inns are available in Awazu Onsen (14 km / 23 minutes)
Toilet (accessible) Walking trail Parking lot Vending machine Shop Restaurant Accommodation facilities (Hotels / Japanese inns) (Outside the forest)
Ataka-machi-hoka 3, Komatsu-shi, Ishikawa Prefecture
(Distances and times are provided as a guide only)
By public transport
<Access from nearest railway station / bus stop>
  • Komatsu Bus: 1 minute on foot from both Ataka no Sekimae on the Ataka route and Ataka Sumiyoshi Jinja on the Komatsu Airport route
<Access from major transport hubs to nearest railway station / bus stop>
  • Ataka route: Komatsu Ekimae → Ataka no Sekimae (11 minutes)
  • Komatsu Airport route: Komatsu Ekimae → Ataka Sumiyoshi Jinja (21 minutes)
By car
  • ・Hokuriku Expressway 1.5 km / 3 minutes from Komatsu IC
<Car parking capacity / parking charges>

Space for approximately 50 vehicles Free of charge

Nearby tourist facilities
  • ・1 minute on foot from Ataka Barrier (Ataka-no-seki) ruins, 3 minutes on foot from Ataka Sumiyoshi Shrine, 1 minute on foot from Kanjincho Monogatari-kan Museum, 1 minute on foot from Ataka View Terrace (restaurant and shop), 5 minutes by car from Ishikawa Aviation Plaza
Management office contact details
Ishikawa District Forest Office
Information on Other Local Tourist Attractions
Komatsu Travel Navigation [External link]
Komatsu Tourism Bussan Network
TABIPPO.NET [External link]
Official Tourist Information
Page about tourist attractions on Komatsu City's official website [External link]
Recreation Forest Management Committee

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