from Lonely Plane official web site.
Hokuriku is awarded as Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2014 - top 10 regions - Lonely Planet.
Hokuriku is located on Honshu's west coast, bordered by the Sea of Japan and magnificent Japan Alps, comprises four prefectures, Fukui, Ishikawa, Toyama and Niigata.
The book says also that the city of Kanazawa is king. Yes, there are many sightseeing places and culture in Kanazawa. It was ruled by the Maeda, one of the richest and powerful samurai families, for almost 300 years. (1583 to 1868)
Hokuriku is the best place to visit especially in winter for great sea food.
Congrats, Hokuriku region is designates as best 10 region in 2014 by llonely planet, and I would like to add more about Hokuriku and Noto peninsula, of course Himi, the best fish capital in the world.