ONO / KATSUYAMA
Ono is called “Little Kyoto” in Hokuriku because of not only its atmosphere but also its neat grid streets like Kyoto, which were made by Kanamori Nagachika, the first lord of Echizen-Ono Castle. Reconstructed Echizen-Ono Castle, historic sites and buildings, retro shops and beautiful springs are worth seeing and you can tour on foot.
More than 80 percent of dinosaur fossils in Japan have been found around Katsuyama, and Japan’s first dinosaur museum opened there in 2000. It displays replicas and skeletal preparations of dinosaurs. You can enjoy “discovering” fossils at a square. Rocks of the sites where dinosaur fossils were actually found are placed there.