The Hakusan Shirakawago White Road (白山白川郷ホワイトロード), formerly the Hakusan Super Rindo, is a winding mountain toll road that connects Hakusan City in Ishikawa Prefecture with Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture. The well maintained, 33.3 kilometer long road rises to over 1400 meters above sea level and offers visitors sweeping panoramic views, hiking trails and a variety of waterfalls along the way.

The Hakusan Shirakawago White Road is open from early June through mid November. The road is beautiful during the summer when the surrounding forests are lush and green; however, it is at its best during the autumn months when the trees are ablaze with autumn colors (koyo). The leaves usually begin to change around the higher elevations in late September and gradually make their way down into the valleys over the course of a month.

On the Gifu side of the mountains the road is extremely curvy and there are few stops along the way. The road quickly gains elevation leading to a tunnel that connects the two prefectures. A 40 minute hiking trail leads from the tunnel entrance to the summit of Sanboiwadake, a 1736 meter high set of nearby peaks. The trail continues on from there for another 15 hours to the summit of Mount Hakusan.

The Ishikawa side of the road passes by several waterfalls. The largest, Fukubeno Otaki, is an 86 meter tall column of water that cascades down next to the road. However the highlight of the Super Rindo may be the riverside Oyadaninoyu hot spring. This mixed gender bath is a steep, 15 minute walk down into the valley from the road, and offers beautiful views onto the Ubagataki Waterfall across the river. Note that there are no changing facilities and the bath is visible from along the trail to the waterfall.

Getting there and around

The Hakusan Super Rindo connects Hakusan City in Ishikawa Prefecture with Shirakawago in Gifu Prefecture. It takes about one hour to drive without stops.

How to get to and around Kaga Onsen and Hakusan

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Hotels around Kaga Onsen

    • Araya Totoan
      Genuine traditional ryokan in the heart of Yamashiro Onsen. Enjoy the refined cuisine with its esthetic tranquility. Complementary shuttle from JR Kaga Onsen Sta.
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    • Tachibana Shikitei
      Established in 1868, Tachibana Shikitei in the center of Yamashiro Onsen offers authentic Japanese hospitality. A spacious room with private onsen available.
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    • Yoshidaya Sannoukaku
      A traditional ryokan on a tranquil hill in Yamashiro. Enjoy in-room private onsen bath and local fresh specialties. Free shuttle provided to/from JR Kaga Sta.
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