Please note that this is a SEPARATE event from the trekking event sponsored by Hakusan International Association on June 20.
The Hakusan Super Rindou スーパー林道 (Forest Road) is open from June to November for drivers to take a scenic route between Ishikawa and Gifu. However, from 29-30 May 2010, the Super Rindou will be opened as a walking path before it opens for the season, thus providing a rare opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the road on foot.
This area is famous for its virgin beech forests and beautiful waterfalls. The views are superb, and not having to worry about dodging oncoming traffic will definitely improve photo-ops. Even if you take a car later in the season, there are plenty of places to explore off the beaten path (or paved path, as it were).
The course is 15.6 km round trip, but of course you don’t have to walk the whole road.
Super Rindo Spring Walk
29-30 May 2010
1000 yen entry fee
Ichirinou-Onsen Ski Area in front of Restaurant “Aiaaru”
920-2333 Ishikawa-ken Hakusan-shi Ozou Ri-63
Take a bus from Kanazawa station or Komatsu station for 1000 yen. (Schedule here, Japanese only) (The bus runs on the 28th for overnight guests; there is also a chance that the bus will fill up quickly.) Reservations: Call 076-273-4851.
Free parking lot for cars at Ichirinou 一里野 with a free shuttle-bus to the trail head from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Hot-Ishikawa (Japanese only)
Hakusan Super Rindo website (Japanese)
General information from Explore Japan (English)
The toll for cars does not apply for the walk.
General information from Japan National Travel Organization in English
Leah Zoller is a first-year CIR in Anamizu and loves hiking in the woods.