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Ishikawa

From cultural Kanazawa to coastal Noto

About Ishikawa

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Kanazawa

Kanazawa

Just two and one half hours from Tokyo via Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet Train) is the historic city of Kanazawa. This mid-sized city is the capital of Ishikawa prefecture and a Unesco City of Crafts and Folk Art. During the 300 years of the Maeda Dynasty its Arts flourished. It was a stroke of geniu..

Kaga/Hakusan

Kaga/Hakusan

Kaga-Hakusan in the Hokuriku region of south-western Ishikawa Prefecture is blessed with beautiful nature and natural hot springs. The Kaga Onsen-kyo hot spring resort, which includes Yamanaka, Yamashiro, Katayamazu, and Awazu, is surrounded by picturesque views of majestic Mt.Hakusan. Kutaniyaki, ..

Noto Peninsula

Noto Peninsula

Most foreign visitors are not aware of the beauty of Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture. Off the beaten path, it provides a quality vacation for the entire family. If taking a tour by bus or car, be sure to include the northern coast of Noto Peninsula. Just north of Wajima on Highway 249 are sev..

Dining

Omicho Market in Kanazawa

Omicho Market in Kanazawa

Kanazawa enjoys a fortunate position, perched on the edge of the Sea of Japan. That location means that Kanazawa's kitchens are graced with some of the freshest seafood in the nation. Much of that seafood can be purchased at the Omicho Market, th..

Nouka Banzai Restaurant Kyo

Nouka Banzai Restaurant Kyo

The city of Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture offers visitors an abundance of riches, from fresh fish caught in the Sea of Japan to unique local vegetables to the stunning handicrafts that have brought the city nationwide fame. There’s no better ..

Chūkasoba Mikoshi Ramen

Chūkasoba Mikoshi Ramen

In a quirky move, this small shop in the back streets of Kanazawa has renamed the symbolic Japanese dish of ramen as "Chinese-style soba" on their menu. The very name ramen is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese characters f..

Places to stay

HOTEL MYSTAYS Kanazawa

HOTEL MYSTAYS Kanazawa

Kanazawa is an incredible city vibrant with culture and life. Much like the nearby Kansai region cities, Kanazawa has many physical reminders of Japan’s past and more traditional elements with temples, entire districts untouched by the war..

Hotel Hokuriku Koganoi

Hotel Hokuriku Koganoi

Located in Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, Hotel Hokuriku Koganoi is a beautiful setting for those looking to unwind at Katayamazu Onsen (hot springs), one of four onsen towns that make up the Kaga Onsen area. The hotel is situated by the shore of L..

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East Teashop District, Kanazawa

East Teashop District, Kanazawa

In the East Teashop District of Kanazawa, you can experience the feeling of being in old Japan as, having escaped the air raids of the second world war, many of the buildings in this area are the same as they were 450 years ago. With many Edo-era bui..

Kanazawa Castle Park

Kanazawa Castle Park

“You have been to Matsumoto Castle? Then you will not find Kanazawa Castle very interesting. Too new. Too ugly.” These were the solemn parting words I received from the owner of the guesthouse I was staying at in the city of Kanazawa. I ..

Exploring Kanazawa Buildings

Exploring Kanazawa Buildings

Kanazawa city is one of Japan's most popular tourist sites for both foreigners and Japanese. In addition to famous places such as Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Castle park, and Chaya-districts, there are many other preserved authentic buildings in t..

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About ishikawa

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RegionChubu
IslandHonshu
CapitalKanazawa
Population1,169,788
Area4,186.15 sq. km

The opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen route between Nagano and Kanazawa, Ishikawa’s capital, in March 2015 has skyrocketed Ishikawa 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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