Hakusan is situated about 180 miles (290 kilometers) west of Tokyo, the country's capital, and approximately 95 miles (153 kilometers) north of Nagoya.
Hakusan is not the only place in Ishikawa worth exploring; those with enough time should also set out to see the unique qualities of the nearby countryside, communities and cultural attractions. Kaga, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northeast, and Tonami, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the southwest of Hakusan are worth visiting if you're keen to explore this region further.
Kanazawa, is another good spot to head to. It is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Hakusan and offers a great selection of things to do and see, for example Honda Forest, Kenrokuen Garden and Shinmeigu Shrine. Make sure you don't rush back to Hakusan until you've visited Kanazawa's Ninja Temple, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and Daijoji Temple.
Experienced travelers have learned that the best way to get the most from a trip is to learn a variety of relevant words in the native language. "Isshoni odorimasenka?" ("Would you like to dance with me?") is a handy phrase to remember. Or try "Benjo wa doko desu ka?" (Where's the toilet?).
When it is time to depart from this unique place, say farewell the way locals do, with a hearty "Sayōnara."