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  • Jadani Gorge gleaming in early summer sunlight
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  • Fukube Falls standing out against fresh green
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  • Footpath leading to Oyadani-No-Yu Hot Spring
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  • Contrast between autumn foliage and a waterfall
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  • Ubagataki Falls making cool splashing sounds
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  • Ubagataki Falls in early autumn
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Jadani Valley Recreation Forest


Elevation Lowest : 750m / Highest : 1,736m

Experience the bountiful natural splendor of Mt. Hakusan, with its breathtaking waterfalls and virgin forest

Experience the bountiful natural splendor of Mt. Hakusan, with its breathtaking waterfalls and virgin forest

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Kinki Chugoku
Autumn leaf viewing (Includes surrounding area) Waterfall viewing (Includes surrounding area) Birdwatching (Includes surrounding area) Guided tours (Includes surrounding area) (Payment required) Hot Spring (Includes surrounding area) Ski area (Outside the forest)
Geographical/topographical features
Geological strata dating from ancient times, such as Nohi Rhyolite, is distributed across the entirety of the gorge. Erosion of these strata by the river has formed a steep, V-shaped valley. Visitors can easily enjoy magnificent views of the dynamic landscape of this deep, hard-to-access gorge.
Historical/cultural features
The "Kabuto-Iwa Rock" is a Nohi Rhyolite rock wall named for its resemblance to a "kabuto" (a traditional Japanese samurai helmet). This rock has served as a landmark for hunters crossing the border from the Hida region and for people using the "Oyadani-No-Yu Hot Spring," which offers one of Japan's best views from an outdoor bath.
Climate, flora and fauna
The forest belongs to the Sea of Japan climate zone and receives heavy snowfalls. It is home to a variety of animals, including Tsukinowaguma (Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus)), Nihon Kamoshika (Japanese serow (Capricornis crispus)), and Nihon Zaru (Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata)). The vegetation mainly consists of a temperate forest of broad-leaved trees such as Buna (Japanese beech (Fagus crenata Blume)) and Mizunara (Japanese oak mizu-nara (Quercus crispula Blume)), with trees such as Dakekamba (Erman's birch (Betula ermanii)) distributed across high-elevation areas.
The Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road runs through the forest. Eight waterfalls of various sizes are found along road, known as the "Jadani Hakkei" (eight beautiful scenes of Jadani), including the "Ubagataki Falls," which has been selected as one of Japan's 100 best waterfalls. You can view the various waterfalls from the observation platforms located along the gorge as you drive around the area.
The "Hakusan Mountains Green Corridor," created to protect the habitats of wild flora and fauna, is adjacent to the forest.
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Warnings (Flora and fauna)
Asian black bear: Tsukinowaguma (Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus)) may be present during the period from May to November. When entering the forest, please carry a bear bell and stay in a group. Check for local information on bear sightings and warnings and follow instructions.
Usage Guide
Entrance fee
Passenger car toll for the White Road: one-way 1,600 yen, return 2,600 yen
Opening seasons and hours
7am–6pm from June through August
8am–5pm from September through November
The Recreation Forest is closed during the period from November 10 through early June due to snowfall.
Accommodation options
On the Ishikawa Prefecture side, accommodations are available at hot spring inns at Chugu Hot Spring. On the Gifu Prefecture side, accommodations are available at guest houses at World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go.
Toilets and drinking fountains (Includes surrounding area) Toilet (accessible) (Includes surrounding area) Footpath / walking trail / nature trail (Includes surrounding area) Parking lot (Includes surrounding area) Observation platform (Includes surrounding area) Visitor center (staffed only) (Outside the forest) Vending machine (Outside the forest) Shop (Outside the forest) Restaurant (Outside the forest) Campsite and/or cabins (Outside the forest) (Payment required) Resource center / Museum (Outside the forest) (Distributed by a guide or interpreter or at a visitor center (advance request required)) World Heritage Site / Cultural asset (nationally designated) (Outside the forest) (Payment required in some cases) (Foreign language interpretation available (advance request required) (Payment required))) Accommodation facilities (Hotels/Japanese inns) (Outside the forest)
Chugu, Hakusan City, Ishikawa Prefecture
(Distances and times are provided as a guide only)
By car
  • JR Kanazawa Station → (public road: about 80 minutes) → (Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road (payment required) : about 10 minutes) → Jadani Valley Recreation Forest
  • Hokuriku Expressway Komatsu IC → (public road: about 60 minutes) → (Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road (payment required) : about 10 minutes) → Jadani Valley Recreation Forest
<Car parking capacity / parking charges>

Free parking for 300 vehicles at 9 locations

Nearby tourist facilities
  • Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road (in the Jadani Valley Recreation Forest); 30 minutes by car to World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go
  • Many beautiful waterfalls in the Recreation Forest (along the White Road)
Management office contact details
Ishikawa District Forest Office
Information on Other Local Tourist Attractions
Kanazawa general information site "Kimassi Kanazawa" [External link]
Official Tourist Information
Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road (former Hakusan Super Forest Road) public website [External link]
Recreation Forest Management Committee

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