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Ishikawa

From cultural Kanazawa to coastal Noto

About Ishikawa
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Top Attractions in Ishikawa

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Upcoming Ishikawa Events

Niwaka Lantern Festival

Niwaka Lantern Festival

Late Aug

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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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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Where to eat in Ishikawa

Places to stay in Ishikawa

APA Hotel Kanazawa Chuo

APA Hotel Kanazawa Chuo

Peter Sidell

In historical Kanazawa in Japan's Ishikawa prefecture, APA Hotel Kanazawa Chuo is an affordable, comfortable hotel in the heart..

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Latest Ishikawa Reports

Kanazawa's Noh Museum

Kanazawa's Noh Museum

Peter Sidell

In Kanazawa in Japan's Ishikawa prefecture, the Noh Museum is what it sounds like. You can see masks and costumes used in performances,..

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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 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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