Ono: The Coastal Shore: a place of Ancient Trade and Soy sauce
Records show that Ono, has been a residential, economic,
and leisure hub for more than 1200 years.

Since the 8th century, after monks began to arrive in the area to practise Buddhism, communities soon followed and maritime trade flourished. During the feudal era Ono was a place where the elite boated and hunted using falcons. The entry point for all sea vessels coming to Kanazawa, Ono become the spot for the booming Soy sauce industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Let’s explore how these legacies resonate today.

1. A private car and guide will pick you up at your hotel at 9:30am and drive to Ono.
2. Your Adventure starts with a look at the Ono Lighthouse. Records show that people have been settled here for at least thirteen centuries. More than a thousand years ago boats were launched from Ono to trade with China.
3. Strolling back to town along the waterfront, Ono is the entrance to the Kanazawa port. You’ll wander the backstreets of Ono and enjoy its galleries and shops. This is where the feudal lords came to enjoy the sea. Think of your deck at the cottage with samurai and falconry and the shamisen.
4. You’ll visit the Karakuri Museum. Karakuri are automated wooden puppets that were widespread in the 18th and 19th centuries. Ono was a production centre and we’ll see some marvellous pieces.
5. The architecture of Ono is unique to this region. The long sloping roofs were created for the shoyu (soy sauce) industry, which still thrives.
6. Yamato Shoyu is where you’ll enjoy a private tour and discover the processes associated with shoyu and press your own soy sauce.
7. You’ll have lunch here, using the best local and in-season ingredients. Yamato’s soy sauce is used in seven of the nine 3-Michelin-star restaurants in Paris. You’ll be a soy connoisseur by the end of the day.
8. You’ll be healthy-full and after a walk and delicious ice cream, you may need a nap as your Kanazawa Adventure concludes with a ride back to your hotel at 2:30pm.

Tour Information

  • Price
    2 persons: ¥104,000
    3 persons: ¥136,000
    4 persons: ¥168,000
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  • Start
    We’ll pick you up at your hotel at 9:30am.
  • Finish
    We’ll end the tour at 2:30pm at your hotel.
  • Included
    Private Car, Guide, Hotel Pick-Up and Return, Restaurant Lunch, All Entrance Fees
  • Excluded
    Personal Purchases, Lunch Beverages
  • Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund or change of date (pending availability), please communicate by email to info@kanazawaadventures.com at least five days before the scheduled start of your tour. If we receive your cancellation request by email to info@kanazawaadventures.com between three and five days before your scheduled tour starts, we’ll refund 50% of your fee (or change your date, if possible). For all requests received less than 72 hours before the scheduled start time of your tour, no refunds or date changes will be issued. Date changes are one-time only and no refunds will be issued after one date change.

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