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Ishikawa

From cultural Kanazawa to coastal Noto

About Ishikawa
Kenrokuen Garden (Photo: Michael Mighty / JT)

Top Attractions in Ishikawa

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Upcoming Ishikawa Events

Okutsuhime Shrine Festival in Wajima

Okutsuhime Shrine Festival in Wajima

Late Aug

Young men dressed in women's clothes and with make-up on their faces carry a portable shrine into the ocean at Sodegahama Beach...

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Niwaka Lantern Festival

Niwaka Lantern Festival

Saturday - Aug 27th

You might have heard of Kiriko in Wajima but do you know Niwaka? A procession of colorfully painted floats mark the end of sum..

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Tsurugi Horai Festival

Tsurugi Horai Festival

Oct 8th - Oct 9th

The Tsurugi Horai Matsuri is a festival held every October in Tsurugi, Hakusan. It has been running annually for over 800 years,..

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Where to eat in Ishikawa

Places to stay in Ishikawa

Forza Hotel, Kanazawa

Forza Hotel, Kanazawa

Peter Sidell

In Kanazawa in Japan's Ishikawa prefecture, Forza Hotel is an elegant, comfortable but reasonably priced hotel, well located..

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Latest Ishikawa Reports

A Visit to Matto

A Visit to Matto

Peter Sidell

Not far from Kanazawa in central Japan's Ishikawa prefecture, Matto is a pleasant suburb with a handful of interesting sights...

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Kanazawa Teramachi

Kanazawa Teramachi

Peter Sidell

In the historical town of Kanazawa in Japan's Ishikawa prefecture, Teramachi is a peaceful temple district, home to dozens of..

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About Ishikawa

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Chubu
Island Honshu
Capital Visiting Kanazawa
Population 1,169,788
Area 4,186.15 km²

The opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen route between Nagano and Kanazawa, Ishikawa’s capital, in March 2015 has skyrocketed Ishikawa Prefecture (石川県, Ishikawa-ken) up the list of popular Japanese tourist destinations; now, Kanazawa can be reached in just under two and a half hours from Tokyo by bullet train.

This means that the breathtaking Kenroku-en is more easily accessible, as is Myoryu-ji (also known as the Ninja Temple).

The view of the Senmaida (1000 Rice Fields) adjacent to the Sea of Japan is absolutely fabulous, while Ishikawa is also home to Mount Maru (one of the Three Holy Mountains of Japan), delicious seafood, and relaxing hot springs, as well as many ski slopes in the winter.

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