Where is Ishikawa?

Ishikawa Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region on Honshu island. The capital is Kanazawa. Ishikawa is on the Sea of Japan coast. The northern part of the prefecture consists of the narrow Noto Peninsula, while the southern part is wider and consists mostly of mountains with the prefecture's chief city, Kanazawa, located in the coastal plain. The prefecture also has some islands, including Notojima, Mitsukejima, Hegurajima. As of 1 April 2012, 13% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Hakusan National Park; Echizen-Kaga Kaigan and Noto Hantō Quasi-National Parks; and five Prefectural Natural Parks.




Weather in Ishikawa

The climate here is mild, and generally warm and temperate. There is a great deal of rainfall in Ishikawa Prefecture, even in the driest month. This location is classified as Cfa by Köppen and Geiger.
In the capital city of Ishikawa, Kanazawa City, The climate in Kanazawa is warm and temperate. Kanazawa has a significant amount of rainfall during the year. This is true even for the driest month. This location is classified as Cfa by Köppen and Geiger. In Kanazawa, the average annual temperature is 14.3 °C. Precipitation here averages 2544 mm.

°F (°C) JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
MAX 42.6
(5.9)
43.7
(6.5)
51.1
(10.8)
62.8
(17.1)
71.1
(21.7)
76.8
(24.9)
84.6
(29.2)
87.6
(30.9)
79.7
(26.5)
69.3
(20.7)
59.5
(15.3)
49.1
(9.5)
MIN

32.0
(0.0)

31.8
(-0.1)
36.0
(2.2)
45.0
(7.2)
54.0
(12.2)
63.0
(17.2)
71.2
(21.8)
73.0
(22.8)
65.8
(18.8)
54.3
(12.4)
45.0
(7.2)
37.0
(2.8)

SIGHTS INFORMATION

Kanazawa City

Kanazawa is the capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It has a population of 462,478 and an area of 467.77 km2. The modern city of Kanazawa was created on April 1, 1889. Kanazawa has been developed as the principal city of Hokuriku region.
The name "Kanazawa", which literally means "marsh of gold", is said to derive from the legend of the peasant Imohori Togoro (lit. "Togoro Potato-digger"), who was digging for potatoes when flakes of gold washed up.

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle (Kanazawa-jō) is a large, well-restored castle in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It is located adjacent to the celebrated Kenroku-en Garden, which once formed the castle's private outer garden. The castle was greatly reconstructed in 1592 after the first of Hideyoshi's invasions of Korea, at which time its moats were dug. It was burned down and reconstructed in 1620–21 and again in 1631–32, then almost completely gutted in the great Kanazawa fire of 1759, and rebuilt in 1762 and 1788 (Ishikawa-mon Gate). After several minor fires and an earthquake, it was again destroyed by fire in 1881.

Kenroku-En

Kenroku-en (Six Attributes Garden), located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan, is an old private garden. Along with Kairaku-en and Kōraku-en, Kenroku-en is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. The grounds are open year-round during daylight hours and famous for its beauty in all seasons; an admission fee is charged. Kenroku-en contains roughly 8,750 trees, and 183 species of plants in total. In winter, the park is notable for its yukitsuri — ropes attached in a conical array to carefully support tree branches in the desired arrangements, thereby protecting the trees from damage caused by heavy snows.

Omi-cho Market

The Omi-cho Market was established about the middle of the 18th century. Since then, it has been supporting the gastronomic culture of Kanazawa for more than 280 years. There are as many as 170 stores including a large number of fish stores that sell fresh fish and seafood caught in the Sea of Japan, vegetable stores that sell unique Kaga vegetables, fruit stores, dried food and marine product stores, grocery stores, and clothing stores besides restaurants. Crabs, yellowtail, and small shrimp from the Sea of Japan that are sold around November, in particular, are highly evaluated in Japan. The market is crowded with residents and tourists during the season. More than 10 tenants including restaurants and drugstores are in operation in the redevelopment building named Omi-cho Ichibakan.

Higashi Chaya District

A chaya (lit. teahouse) is an exclusive type of restaurant where guests are entertained by geisha who perform song and dance. During the Edo Period, chaya were found in designated entertainment districts, usually just outside the city limits. Kanazawa has three, well preserved chaya districts, Higashi Chayagai (Eastern Chaya District), Nishi Chayagai (Western Chaya District) and Kazuemachi. Of the three districts, the Higashi Chaya District (Higashi Chayagai) is the largest and by far the most interesting. Two chaya, the Shima Teahouse and Kaikaro Teahouse, are open to the public. Other buildings along the central street now house cafes and shops. One of the shops, Hakuza, sells gold leaf products, a specialty of Kanazawa, and displays a tea ceremony room which is completely covered in gold leaf.

Shima Chaya Tea House

Shima Chaya House is a teahouse located in Kanazawa’s teahouse district, on the largest teahouse street, Higashi Chaya Street. At a traditional teahouse, guests can beckon a Maiko and watch dance performances in the parlor. The building was built in 1820 in the traditional teahouse style and hasn’t been restored since the Edo period (1603-1868). Visitors can learn about the history and culture of the teahouse here and it has been designated as an important cultural property for its historical value. Though Shima Chaya House no longer operates as a working teahouse, the interior is open to the public. There are seven rooms on the second floor where visitors can feel the different atmospheres within a teahouse. Among the rooms, the Hiroma room features Shunkeinuri lacquered wood in yellow and red, a style that takes advantage of the natural wood grains. On the first floor, visitors can see ‘’behind the teahouse’’ at the pay desk and kitchen.

Nishi Chaya District

One of the Three Chaya Districts of Kanazawa. The Nishi Chaya District is one of the three geisha (traditional female Japanese entertainers) districts of Kanazawa, and located 500 m away from the Saigawa Ohashi Bridge in the central part of the city. Chaya is a traditional place of feasts and entertainment. You can find a number of two-story wooden chaya houses along the main street. At the time of twilight, you may hear the sound of the shamisen (a three-stringed musical instrument) and strongly feel the atmosphere of the Kanazawa-like chaya machi. The Kanazawa Nishi Chaya Shiryokan Museum is a building reproducing a chaya house, where you can see the guest room of the chaya house.

Kazue Machi Chaya District

Historical Rows of Houses Designated as Japan's Cultural Assets. Kazue-machi is an old geisha district located along the river between Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge and Naka-no Hashi Bridge. Gaisha are traditional, female Japanese entertainers, whose skills include performing various Japanese arts, such as classical music and dance. It is one of the three geisha districts of Kanazawa. Chaya is a traditional place of feasts and entertainments, where geisha perform dances and play Japanese traditional musical instruments, such as the shamisen (a three-stringed musical instrument), bamboo flute, and drum. Still now, many chaya houses and restaurants are located in this neighborhood, and people may hear the sound of the shamisen from the twilight time. When you stroll around this area, you can see very Kanazawa-like and Japanese-like scenes and atmospheres, such as the view of the area from Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge, the rows of chaya houses in Kazue-machi, the appearance of Naka-no Hashi Bridge, and Kuragarizaka (a dark slope), which connects to the Owari-cho hill area. The historical rows of this teahouse town have been designated as Japan's cultural assets since 2008.

Naga-Machi Buke Yashiki District

Residences of Retainers of the Kaga Maeda Family. Kanazawa was a castle town of the Kaga Clan governed by the Maeda family until 1868 (about 280 years) after Maeda Toshiie moved to Kanazawa Castle in 1583. The residences of two of the eight chief retainers of the Kaga Clan were located in the Naga-machi area, where top- and middle-class samurais (members of a feudal powerful military class) lived. With the arrival of the modern age, the appearances of the houses changed. The alleys and the mud walls of nagayamon gates (row house gates), however, still maintain the sight of the old days. A mud wall is made with stones and mud put into a mold and hardened. The roof is covered with thin wooden plates. Although mud walls that passed more than 100 years remain, most of the mud walls in the area were restored ones. There is a large quantity of snow in winter in Kanazawa.

Nomura Samurai Family Residence

The remains of the Nomura family are also open to public. The family successively held executive posts from generation to generation under rule of the Maeda family. The house has a coffered ceiling totally made of Japanese cypress and fusuma-e (paintings on sliding-door panels) created by the Maeda family's personal painter. The garden inside the residence has a Japanese bayberry over 400 years old and a meandering stream surrounded by ancient and strangely shaped rocks.

Myoryuji Temple

Myoryuji Temple (Myōryūji), commonly known as Ninjadera ("Ninja Temple"), was built by the Maeda lords, rulers over the region during the Edo Period. While not actually associated with ninja, the temple earned its nickname because of its many deceptive defences. Since the shogun imposed strict building restrictions as one way of weakening his regional lords, Myoryuji was designed to circumvent the restrictions and serve as a disguised military outpost. It was built with considerable defences and escape routes, so that its defenders could alert the castle in the event of an attack.
The temple's defences aimed to guard against intruders or attack, and include hidden tunnels, secret rooms, traps, and a labyrinth of corridors and staircases. These can be viewed by guided tour (reservations recommended) held in Japanese, although good English guidebooks are available. Myoryuji is located in the Teramachi District in the south of the city. Populated by numerous temples, this area was originally located outside of the city limits as were the entertainment districts.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa as a new-style art museum different in image from conventional art museums was opened in October 2004.
This art museum is round in shape as if it were the sight of a UFO that has touched down, all the walls are made of glass, and the building has five gates, which looks like a part opened in all street directions. The museum exhibits experiment-type contemporary arts that visitors can touch or sit on, and includes zones where visitors can enter free. Both adults and children can experience an excited time in the museum. Some of the highlights of the museum are commissioned works, i.e., arts integrated with the building structure. These arts include a work that enables visitors to feel as if they stand on the bottom of a swimming pool, the surface of a wall colored with flowers gathered from the suburbs of Kanazawa, and a room with an opening on the ceiling through which visitors can see the changes of the sky. Olafur Eliasson's works were installed in the square in March 2010. The museum's shop offers a wide variety of products, such as original items in the image of the museum, accessories, and selected goods.

Kanazawa Umimirai Library

Kanazawa Umimirai Library is a public library located in Kanazawa city, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. This is a contemporary building by the Japanese architects Kazumi Kudo and Hiroshi Horiba, completed in 2011. Its surface creates a decorative grid made of some 6000 small circular blocks of glass which puncture the concrete surface of the building in a triangular array. The firm that designed the library, Coelacanth K&H, describe the building as a "simple space" of 45m by 45m and 12m high. It was completed in March 2011. The floor area is 5,641.9 square metres; the building's area is 2,311.9 square metres. The "single quiet and tranquil room ... resembles a forest, filled with soft light and a feeling of openness reminiscent of the outdoors".

D.T. Suzuki Museum

The D. T. Suzuki Museum was opened in 2011 to commemorate and celebrate the life and work of Suzuki Daisetz Teitaro (1870-1966) an important Japanese Zen philosopher who was born in Kanazawa. The museum is not only a place to learn about Suzuki’s life and thinking, but in its structure it puts Zen thought into practice and there is a special area where visitors can sit quietly and meditate. The museum is not very big, but is well worth visiting as a place to learn more about Zen and also to enjoy the graceful modern architecture. The museum has two main parts: interior and exterior. Inside the museum is an exhibition space dedicated to the life of D. T. Suzuki. A prolific writer and translator, Suzuki wrote over 100 books in English on the subject of Zen Buddhism. His work played a major role in introducing Eastern philosophy to the Western world and deeply influenced many Western writers, philosophers, poets, and musicians. In the museum’s exhibition area you can learn about his life and writings through photographic displays, and memorabilia, and English information is provided throughout. Interactive touch screens provide more information and there is a learning area where you can read his books in English as well as Japanese.

Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum

Gold leaf has been made in Japan since ancient times, and presently, Kanazawa is the largest producer of gold leaf in all of Japan. Throughout history, gold leaf has been used for decorating temples, shrines, palaces, Buddhist statues and altars, as well as paintings and craft works. Even today, you may find it applied to accessories, or in cosmetics and food. It also plays an important part in the restoration of cultural properties. Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum presents the history of gold leaf in Kanazawa, including the process of making gold leaf and the tools involved. Also on display are art and craft works embellished with gold and gold leaf. The museum has collected around 300 pieces, most of which are Japanese works from the early modern period, the Edo era, to the present day.

Kanazawa Phonograph Museum

The Kanazawa Phonograph Museum is a unique and rather charming institution that holds and displays a significant collection of antique phonographs (also called gramophones) and SP (standard play) records. There are three floors of exhibits that trace the complete history of the phonograph from Thomas Edison’s first successful experiments in recording and playing back sound in 1877. The phonographs are well cared for, beautiful to look at, and the sound quality is impressive too. The museum grew out of the personal collection of audio enthusiast Hiroshi Yokaichiya who had opened his own phonograph shop before the war. As the years went by manually wound phonographs went out of fashion and began to disappear. Sometime in the 1970s Mr. Yokaichiya saw an old phonograph that had been casually thrown away and his heart ached.

Kanazawa Noh Museum

Noh (a major form of classic Japanese musical drama) of the Hosho School has been promoted among people in Kanazawa since the Edo period. Kaga Hosho, which is originated in Kanazawa, tells that Kanazawa is a prosperous ground of Noh Theater. The Kanazawa Noh Museum introduces the structure of Noh Theater with an actual stage reproducing Noh play. Besides, the museum exhibits Kaga Hosho's precious Noh masks and costumes handed down over generations.

Kanazawa Shrine

Kanazawa Shrine is a shrine located on the edges of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa, and built by the 11th Maeda lord of Kaga, Maeda Harunaga, and dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane (aka Tenjin, kami of scholarship), who the Maeda claimed as an ancestor, along with kami of protection from disaster and safe travels. It was built in 1794, in conjunction with the Meirindō (han school), and watches over the kinjō reitaku, the well where gold was found centuries ago by someone named Imohori Tôgorô, giving the area its name, "Kanazawa," meaning literally "gold marsh."

Oyama Shrine

Oyama Shrine (Oyama Jinja) is dedicated to Maeda Toshiie, the first lord of the powerful, local Maeda Clan. The shrine was constructed in 1599 by Toshiie's successor, Maeda Toshinaga on Mount Utatsu. It was later moved to its present location.
Oyama Shrine is known for its unusual gate, which was designed by a Dutch architect, using elements of European and Asian religious themes. While the first story displays a mixture of Japanese and Chinese influence, the upper stories once served as a lighthouse and feature a Dutch style, stained glass window. The gate originally guarded the entrance to the palace of Kanazawa Castle, and was only later moved to Oyama Shrine. On the shrine grounds stands a statue of Lord Toshiie. There is also a nice strolling garden with ponds and bridges, designed to resemble harps and lutes.

Daijoji Temple

Daijoji Temple is a Zen temple that is located halfway up Nodayama. After the construction of this temple in 1262, the temple moved to its present location through the change of times in the latter half of the 17th century. The gate of the temple leads to a Buddha hall, kitchen, meditation hall, and lecture hall that are connected through a corridor. This temple is still a place where monks practice asceticism (extreme self-denial and austerity). The precincts of the temple are open to public, and a seminar in Zen meditation for people is held regularly.

Kanazawa Station

Kanazawa Station is housed inside a well-organized, modern building which also contains many shops, restaurants, and also a hotel. On either side of the building are pleasant plazas which are popular meeting spots and the design of the east plaza in particular with its huge gate and dome has made the station itself a popular tourist attraction. In this article we will introduce the most useful facilities in Kanazawa Station and explain their locations. Because the station building is not too big you will find it very easy to find everything you need. A large part of the station building is also taken up by a shopping mall called Hyakubangai. This has three main sections : “Rinto” on the north side of the central concourse, “Anto” on the south side, and the Kutsurogikan which occupies the west end of the building. As well as shops and market stalls several useful facilities are contained inside the Rinto and Anto sections.

Korinbo and Kata-machi

Greatest Shopping Quarter in Hokuriku. The Korinbo and Kata-machi area and its vicinity are the greatest shopping quarter in the Hokuriku district (Ishikawa Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture, and Fukui Prefecture) and crowded with a large number of shoppers on holidays. There are department stores, large-scale shopping buildings, and brand stores in Korinbo, restaurants in Kata-machi and Kigura-machi, stores centering on the latest fashions for young people in Tate-machi and Kakinokibatake, and handicraft stores in Hirosaka.

Utatsuyama Park

Utatsuyama is a mountain located in the northeast of the Asanogawa River, and the whole serves as a park. The summit of the mountain (with an altitude of 141m) serves as an observatory (Utatsuyama Bokodai Observatory), where you can overlook the Kahoku Lagoon and the Sea of Japan as well as the central part of the city on fine days. The night view of Kanazawa seen from the summit is recommended as well. Besides, mid-June to mid-July is the best season to see the Japanese irises and hydrangeas in the Iris Garden halfway up the mountain.

Yuwaku Hot Spring

Deep in the Mountains of Kanazawa. The Yuwaku hot spring is a mountainous resort located in the southeast of Kanazawa. It takes 30 minutes by car from Kanazawa Station. It was once used as a hidden hot spring of the Maeda family, who ruled Kaga Province in feudal times. It is a hypotonic, mildly alkaline hot spring with clear and colorless water quality. The area is surrounded by seasonal changes in the scenery, such as fresh green, autumn leaves, and a snow-covered landscape. There are nine comparatively small hot spring inns in the area. People can enjoy a one-day trip bathing in the public bathhouse named Shirasaginoyu.

Chirihama Nagisa Driveway

Hakui city and Hodatsu Shimizu-cho in Ishikawa prefecture boast the 8-kilometer-long Chirihama Nagisa Driveway – the only sandy beach in Japan on which you can drive a car. Buses, motorcycles, and bicycles are also allowed on the beach 24 hours a day, meaning that it really is “The beach where anything can run.” It’s a great place for a leisurely drive but you need to experience it in order to fully appreciate the salty sea breeze on your face as you pass along the edge of the surf in the spectacular Noto-hanto Kokutei Koen (Noto Peninsula National Park). Taking a drive at sunset is an unforgettable experience. Twenty to thirty years ago, Chirihama beach was about 50 meters in width, but gradual erosion of the sand beach means that today the beach has a width of only about 35 meters. Ishikawa prefecture is currently working on protecting the beach by supplying sand from inland areas and also through the creation of artificial reefs, but if you want to enjoy the unique experience of driving on the beach, it’s best to hurry so that you don’t miss it.

Noto Peninsula

The Noto Peninsula (Noto Hantō) makes up the northern half of Ishikawa Prefecture, extending about 100 kilometers into the Sea of Japan. The peninsula is known for its coastal scenery, particularly along the Okunoto Coast and the Kongo Coast, as well as for its rural atmosphere. Because the area's public transportation is limited, exploring the area is best done by rental car, which allows visitors much more freedom in exploring the region's attractions. The secludedness of the Noto Hanto is one of the main features that draws visitors, and it has been an enduring characteristic of the peninsula for hundreds of years. In the 12th century, members of the Taira family were banished to the area after their defeat in the Gempei War. The residences of some of the family's descendants, the Tokikuni Residences, have been preserved and are open to the public. Much of the coastline of the Noto Peninsula has been given Quasi-National Park status. Small sections of the coast are marked as "pocket parks", and visitors are likely to come across some of them while traveling around the area. The peninsula's two main centers for tourists, Wajima City and Wakura Onsen, provide a relaxed atmosphere different from other cities in Japan.

Senmaida Rice Field

People visiting Senmaida(Rice Terrace Field) are greeted by an amusing site with many layers of rice paddies on the steep slopes with an area of 1.2 hectares at the foot of Koushuzan Mountain. The number of these paddies goes up to 2000. These green rice paddies facing the sea create are spread almost geometrically and thus create a beautiful and bright landscape on the background of the blue sea. From Spring to Summer, the rays of evening sun setting over the sea reflect beautifully on the green paddies and make it an ideal spot for landscape photography. The average surface area for 1 rice paddy is just about 6 square meters. Because of paddies' small size, no ploughing machinery can be used and all the work is done by hands which take many times more labor than working in the fields on the plains. It was designated as a 'Place of Scenic Beauty' on 29th January 2001.

Mitsuke Jima Island

Mitsukejima Island has been called the Holy Land for Lovers where it’s said that love can blossom if the Matchmaking Bell on the shore is rung and a wish is made.
Mitsukejima is an island which soars above Iida Bay in the northeastern part of the Noto Peninsula. It is uninhabited and though you cannot go onto the top of the island, there is a path which extends from Mitsuke Beach to the island so that you can approach it closely. When you look up from the 200m rocky path, you can really sense the rock walls and the spectacle of Mitsukejima. In the vicinity, there is a pine forest with a nature trail and a grassy field. In spring, there are cherry blossoms which adorn the island with a special view.

Fukiage no Taki (Fukiage Waterfall)

This waterfall with a drop of 30m is located almost on the border between the cities of Wajima and Suzu. It gushes down into the Sea of Japan from a steep cliff. During the harsh winter, because of the stormy northwesterly winds, water gets blown back up the waterfall instead of falling down, a phenomenon that gives the waterfall its other name, “Fukiage-no-taki.” For a long time, the way the water goes up toward the sky has been compared to a white dragon going up into the clouds. Near Tarumi-no-taki, foamy waves called “Nami-no-hana” are seen in the winter. The secretion of phytoplankton causes this phenomenon.

Wajima Kiriko Art Museum

In summer and autumn festivals, people bring big lanterns called Kiriko in the Noto Peninsula. People under the protection of the local deity parade and lead a portable shrine (Mikoshi) with Kirikos. And, they parede and turn Kirikos with shouting bravely. If we watch a distribution map of Kiriko festivals in the Noto Peninsula, we can see that so many Kiriko festivals take place every year. Wagima Kiriko Art Museum was relocated to Wagima Marine Town on March, 2015. It takes about 5 minutes from Wagima Asaichi.
The renewed museum seems to have some influence of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Because, traditional Kirikos are exhibited like contemporaty art. LED lights are turning their colors to arrange daytime, evening and nighttime. We can have feeling to see Kiriko in a festival.

Wajima Morning Market

You will find the Asaichi-dori avenue of Kawai-machi near the Wajima Port. Energetic voices fill the avenue since early mornings, and you will find stalls lining the streets, selling fresh fish brought in from the port, fresh vegetables from the nearby farmland, traditional arts & crafts, and dry provisions, etc. With more than one thousand years of history, who would want to miss out on the famous Wajima Morning Market?

Go Nagai Museum

Manga comic legend Nagai Go is best known for works such as Mazinger Z (animated feature film releases in Jan 2018), Devilman, and Cutie Honey. In 2009, the Go Nagai Wonderful Museum opened in his hometown, Wajima of Ishikawa Prefecture. With retro-style decoration, the museum highlights the history of Go Nagai's manga comic works as well as a 1:9 scale statue of Mazinger Z together with other precious figurines. In addition, lacquer painted panels -- a famous traditional craft in Wajima -- are also available at the souvenir shop inside the museum.

Noto Kongo Coast

The Noto Kongo Coast (Noto Kongo Kaigan) is an approximately 14 kilometer stretch of land along the Sea of Japan. The coastline is on the outer, western fringe of the Noto Peninsula facing the rough sea, the exposure to which has given the coast a distinctively rugged landscape. It is often considered the most dramatic section of the Noto Peninsula's popular coastal scenery. The most well known spot along the Noto Kongo coast is the Ganmon rock formation. The name Ganmon means "Gate Rock", and the hole that has been eroded through the middle of the rock does indeed make it resemble a gate. Visitors can walk down to the rock and enter a cave besides the gate. According to legend, Minamoto Yoshitsune hid in the caves around Ganmon Rock when he was fleeing from his brother Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder of the Kamakura Shogunate.

Lamp No Yado

Yoshigawara onsen is located on the tip of Noto Peninsular. It is not really a town, not even a village, since there is only a single isolated ryokan called Lamp no Yado. The name comes from the fact that the ryokan used not to have electricity, and all lightening was made by oil lamps. Nowadays, you can still find those lights in the dining room, providing a warm light during the dinner, but the ryokan has all modern comfort. Indeed, it can be sorted in the "luxurious ryokan" category. While many luxurious ryokan nowadays try to include occidental design in their walls, Lamp no Yado is clearly sitting on the tradition side, and you could easily feel drawn back in the past to a bygone period when warriors came to Noto peninsula to escape death. Still, the presence of a large, almost mysterious pool in the middle of the ryokan will remind you that you are in the 21st century.

The world's longest bench

Very long bench of 460.9 meters in total length in zohorakaikishi. We received thought of such local people who "wanted you to see the setting sun which set in the Sea of Japan" and we crossed by hand of a total of 830 volunteers in 1987 (Showa 62) and were affected and were published in Guinness Book of World Records as bench which was the world's longest in 1989 (Heisei 1). The neighborhood of bench is called "sunset leech in Masuho" and becomes famous spot of setting sun.

Okunoto Salt Farm

The Okunoto Salt Farm Village in Suzu is the only facility in Japan to use the traditional "Agehama" Technique for salt production. As the name explains, a salt field is a field for making salt, and the field is created by spreading clay on top of a bedrock, then spread sand all over it after the clay has harden. People used the same method to produce natural salt with rich minerals about 500 years ago.

Nanao Castle

It begins in Mitsunori Hatakeyama who entered the country as the protection of (1406) Noto in 1406 having set up house. We performed kaku* for Hatakeyama several generations and became castle for 170 years for nine generations, but fall of a castle, Hatakeyama were ruined in the capture of (1577) Kenshin Uesugi afterwards in 1577, too. For nine years, it became possession of Toshiie Maeda and entered a fortress once, but, in the next year, became abandoned castle. When military expert ever touched this country first and origami for Yamashiro in strong position unparalleled typical Yamashiro, it is said to be. Stone wall is slightly left near main enclosure trace at the mountaintop, Sakurababa trace.

Wakura Hot Spring

This high-class hot spring resort welcomes the largest number of visitors in the Hokuriku region. Excellent dishes of fresh products from ocean and mountain have earned a high reputation among the guests. The Wakura-onsen Hot Spring is known as one of the best high-class hot spring resorts in Japan and as the “ocean’s hot spring.” It is located in Nanao City of Ishikawa, at the central part of the Noto-hanto Peninsula sticking into the Sea of Japan and facing beautiful Nanao Bay. Legend says that the hot springs opened 1,200 years ago, when a fisherman found a wounded white heron curing its body in the ocean’s hot water giving off white steam.

Kagaya Ryokan

Kagaya has been ranked No.1 overall for 36 consecutive years in the “Top 100 Hotels & Ryokans Voted by Industry Professionals” and this honour is the result of the effort put into ensuring our guests will want to come back again. At this century-old onsen ryokan, guests experience the Kagaya tradition of “heartfelt hospitality” in the form of impeccable services, gourmet dining, premium facilities, and meticulous arrangements. We are dedicated in providing the most considerate service in the hope of welcoming you back on your next visit! Established in 1906, Kagaya is located on the Noto Peninsula which juts out into the Sea of Japan with stretches of rugged and dramatic coastline as well as idyllic fishing villages and rolling beaches on the eastern side and around the Nanao Bay. The Wakura Onsen resort has been in existence for 1200 years and is renowned for the high-quality water believed to have therapeutic properties. Filtered by the crystals contained in the underground granite, the hot spring water is very clear and maintained at constant temperature.

Kaga Hot Spring Village

One of the enjoyments of Ishikawa Prefecture is that many tasteful spas with long history and abundant nature are located. Kaga hot spring village comprises 4 spas; Awazu, Katayama, Yamashiro and Yamanaka. Commanding a wonderful view of Sacred Mt. Hakusan, some of these spas have over 1,300-year history. On the other hand, in Noto Peninsula, there is Wakura hot spring with 1,200-year history, which is the ‘Hokuriku’ region’s only one spa with hot spring of the sea. You have a choice either enjoying one day hot spring or staying at one of hot spring inns. Such fresh seafood from the Japan Sea as crab, shrimp, local cuisine and sake together with the spa will make you an authentic fan of Japanese hot spring.

Cricket Bridge(Kourogi Bridge)

All-cypress bridge "cricket bridge." Excellent scenic spot where traveler coming throughout the year is attracted. Even if it was called "path dangerous" (kourogi) as walking was extremely dangerous as for the origin of the name of bridge, it is said to be even if we come from cry of cricket calling for long autumnal night.

Tsuki-usagi no Sato

This special Museum displays many different items from cute and lighthearted sculptures to Wajima Lacquerware, Yamanaka Lacquerware and Kanazawa Gold Lacquer Work that are created by skilled craftsmen and living national treasures since the Edo Period.
Besides enjoying the unique and delightful sculptures of dogs, cats, rabbits and the gods of nature, visitors can also play with rabbits that are roaming freely inside the park. Other facilities such as the restaurant famous for its "Kura Goma-udon" Noodles, the tea house that serves coffee with real lacquerwares, and a souvenir shop that sells various goods from the Hokuriku area are also available inside this theme park, letting visitors enjoy sight-seeing, dining and shopping all at once.

Kakusen Valley

Kakusen-kei (valley) Yuhodou is the promenade along the Daijoji river located in famous Yamanaka Onsen (hot spring). It runs 1.3 kilometers upstream from Kurotani bridge to Korogi bridge via Ayatori bridge. There are a lot of highlights such as beautiful seasonal landscape and you can rest at Kawadoko, wooden deck along the river from April to October. You can enjoy many spots including “Basho-do,” a small hall which enshrines Matsuo Basho, and “Mugenan,” samurai house exhibits Kutaniyaki (Japanese pottery).

Ayatori Bridge

The name of this bridge comes from a traditional Japanese game called "Ayatori" (Cat's Cradle). Designed by Hiroshi Teshigahara, a Japanese film maker and son of the founder of the Sogetsu school of Ikebana, it measures 80 meters in length and its "S" shape mimics the form of a dragon rising into the sky. At night, the bridge is lit up, offering a different yet equally impressive view of the gorge that visitors come back every year to see.

Ubaga Falls

A waterfall along the Hakusan Super Forest Road as graceful as an old woman's hair Ubagataki Falls is a waterfall dropping 111 m, with many streams of water running beautifully down the rock surface. There is a legend that an old hermit woman was letting down her hair at this place, and it is said that the name (meaning “Old woman’s waterfall” in Japanese) was taken from the white, smoothly running water that reminds people of long white hair. The spray of clear water adds moisture to the air and generates negative ions. Although the waterfall can be seen from the road, you can also go very close to it by going down the stairs. Near the falls, there is an open-air hot spring bath in the river called Oyadani No Yu (admission free). You can enjoy a relaxed bath time while watching the falls, or simply warm up with a foot bath.

Motorcar Museum of Japan

You know you are at the right place when you see a Meiji Western style 3-story building with 250,000 red bricks. Inside this Museum, there are over 500 cars from the 1900s (Meiji 34) to the 1970s (Showa 45) from around the world displayed in a 12,000m2 exhibition hall. As you walk through the hall, you will sure understand how automobile was a symbol for dream and romance from the assorted cars in this Museum, including sports cars from Japan, popular automobiles from Europe, and the Rolls Royce that carried Princess Diana when she visited Japan. If at any time you were overwhelmed by the number of cars, you can take a break at the photo corner and bathrooms with toilets collected from around the world (you can actually use them). Restaurants and souvenir shops are also available on the 1st floor.

Nata Dera(Nata Temple)

Nata-dera is a temple of Koyasan Branch of Shingon Buddhism, one of the major schools of Japanese Buddhism. It is located about 10 km south of central Komatsu city, and about 3 km southwest of Awazu hot spring resort. It is said to have started in 717 when Priest Taicho enshrined a statue of the thousand-handed Kan'non. And when Emperor Kazan visited here in 986, he gave the name "Nata-dera" to this temple.
In the 14th century, this temple had come to ruin by civil wars. But Toshitsune Maeda, the 2nd lord of Kaga Clan, restored in 1640. The site of the temple is on the slope of the mountain, then there are forests, ponds, beautiful garden and rocky hills in the site. The main temple is near a huge rocky cliff, and the thousand-handed Kan'non is enshrined in the temple. In cluding this main temple, Shoin (Priest's studu room) and Kuri (Priest's living house), Three-storied pagoda, Bell Tower and Gomadou temple are designated as nationally important cultural properties. Kondou-Kaouden temple has been rebuilt in 1990, and all Buddhist memorial services are held in this temple.

Mawaki Ruins Park

The prosperity of 4,000 years ago can be seen today at the Mawaki Ruins — even today, unglazed pottery from the prehistoric Jomon period is being excavated here. The mysterious and romantic giant Wood Circle will transport you to times long forgotten.

Hyakumangoku Matsuri

The Hyakumangoku Matsuri is the main annual festival taking place in Kanazawa, Japan. The festival commemorates the entry of Lord Maeda Toshiie into Kanazawa Castle in 1583. The highlight of the festival is the Hyakumangoku Parade, which has begun on the first Saturday in June since 2007. The name Hyakumangoku refers to rice production. Hyakuman means "1,000,000" (literally "100 10,000") and the koku is a measurement of rice production. 1,000,000 koku is around 150,000 tonnes or 5,000,000 bushels of rice. In the evening after the main parade there are Bon Festival dances starting from 19.00 h and ending late in the night. Employees from different companies wear different kimonos, but anyone can join the dances. The traditional Japanese dance along the central street near Kohrinbo is a picturesque event, and the column of dancing people is several kilometers long. Tourou nagashi commences the night before the main festival. Lit Kaga Yuzen lanterns are floated down the river Asano at dusk, starting near the Tenjin-Bashi bridge. The lanterns then float under the Ume-no-Hashi bridge before finishing at the Asanogawa Ohashi bridge. Other events during the festival include tea ceremonies staged in Kenroku-en, performances of traditional arts and folk dancing, a "Miss Hyakumangoku" beauty contest, and a children's drum and lantern parade.

Kiriko Matsuri

Projecting into the Japan Sea, Noto Peninsula is ‘Treasure Box of Festivals’ because folk events have been handed down for generations since ancient times. ‘Kiriko festivals’ are the biggest events of all. Accompanying portable shrines, gigantic festival lanterns called Kiriko are carried by the parishoners. This type of festivals can be seen only in Noto, and are held in more than one hundred-ten area from early July to late September, therefore the existing number of Kiriko reaches about 800. Festivals of each area are very distinctive; At ‘Abare Festival’ of Noto town, Kiriko and portable shrines literally go into rampage. While Kiriko are carried into the sea at ‘Okinami-Tairyo-a large catch of fish in the sea-Festival’ in Anamizu town, a number of Kiriko gorgeously decorated with Wajima lacquer parade through Wajima City at ‘Wajima Great Featival’. Please come and see our majestic festivals unique to Noto region.

Wajima Nuri

Designated a traditional craft by the government of Japan, Wajima lacquerware is produced in the area around Ishikawa Prefecture’s Wajima City. Its glamorous, graceful and sophisticated products are widely known as a top-quality utility lacquerware. For its base-wood material, Wajima lacquerware uses cypress, Japanese zelkova, Japanese Judas or magnolia, and in some cases other trees of equivalent quality, all coated in premium lacquer. The products are characterized by beautiful techniques such as chinkin (gold-inlaid lacquer), where gold sheets are embedded into utensils then painted with lacquer, and maki-e, whereby materials such as gold and silver metal power, as well as other colored powders, are affixed to an object that is then lacquer painted. Some Wajima lacquerware workshop are open to the public offering chopstick engraving experiences to anyone that wants to give the art a go. Although the workshop is run in Japanese, the process is relatively straightforward and easy to copy; the real challenge is unleashing your creativity.

Kutani Ware

Kutani ware (Kutani-yaki) is a style of Japanese porcelain traditionally supposed to be from Kutani, now a part of Kaga, Ishikawa, in the former Kaga Province. It is divided into two phases: Ko-Kutani (old Kutani), from the 17th and early 18th centuries, and Saikō-Kutani from the revived production in the 19th century. The more prestigious Ko-Kutani wares are recognised by scholars to be a complex and much mis-represented group, very often not from Kutani at all.

Kanazawa Lacquerware

Kanazawa-shikki lacquerware is made in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, and is known for its “Kaga” gold lacquer paintings. Kanazawa lacquerware was first produced circa 1630 when the master gold lacquer artisan Igarashi Doho was invited to the region to teach his decorative techniques. Lacquer work was also introduced. The main products are furnishings and tea ceremony utensils, but Kanazawa lacquerware is also used in creating works of art. Production is still by hand, and the coating process, normally carried out by more than one person, is completed by a single craftsman. Kanazawa lacquerware was designated a traditional Japanese craft in 1980.

Kaga Yuzen

Yuzen refers to a traditional technique of dyeing silk fabrics for kimonos or products made with the technique. KyotoYuzen and Kaga Yuzen are famous. Miyazaki Yuzensai established the fundamental technique of yuzen at the beginning of the 18th century.
Kaga Yuzen is characterized by designs of realistic natural beauties in five vivid tones called "Kaga gosai" (literary means Kaga five colors), and it frequently uses gradation dyeing called "bokashi." A roll of yuzen is completed through complicated processes, such as pattern transfer, paste coating, coloring, steaming, and rinsing. Kaga Yuzen with splendid, fine, beautiful patterns is known as a luxury brand.There are stores where you can see the work process of Kaga Yusen, experience dyeing, or try on a kimono, in the city.

Noto Jofu

Noto-jofu, a traditional hemp fabric which has been handed down around central Noto area since the age of the gods, is one of the Japan's finest handwoven natural hemp fabrics in terms of both quality and quantity. The superior fabric is mainly produced in Hakui city, Ishikawa Prefecture (Central Japan). Noto-jofu is generally used for light and thin kimono textile ideal for mid-summer, often likened to "cicada's wings", characterized by hemp's unique crispness, cool feeling, and toughness. The outstanding durable quality allows the fabric to be said, "Shiro-gasuri (white ikat) using Noto-jofu lasts a lifetime." The simple colors and traditional kasuri patterns that match Noto's climate attract us with its unwearying elegance and beauty beyond ages.

What to Eat in Ishikawa

Kanou Gani

One cannot talk of our local food without discussing the Sea of Japan. The Tsushima Current is where the warm western waters meet the cold, subarctic ocean current Liman, at a marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean. Good phytoplankton and plankton breed where these warm and cold waters meet. Due to this rich seawater, many kinds of fish gather to follow the feast. Ishikawa prefecture is just opposite the Sea of Japan, and since long time ago the area has been blessed with the snow crab as well. It's called "zuwai-gani" in Japanese, and is caught at the wide range of the sea. In 2006, the zuwai-gani caught in Ishikawa were named "Kanou-gani" as a brand, which literally means snow crab from the Kaga and Noto regions.


Noto Beef

Noto beef is a brand-name product of Noto. If beef satisfies the following criteria, it is approved as Noto beef and a certificate is issued: The pedigree has been identified and is Japanese black cattle; the last place where the cattle was raised is Ishikawa, and it was raised in Ishikawa for a longer time than it was raised in other places; it is rated as Grade A3 or B3 or higher. Noto beef is characterized by its high-quality fat containing a high ratio of oleic acid, which creates tenderness and aroma. High-quality Noto beef is sold as Premium Noto Beef. Noto beef is the result of crossing the Japanese hybrid cow (which was produced around 1934 by crossing Hyogo cattle for quality marbled meat and large Tottori cattle) and the Hyogo ox. In November 1995, 31 heads of cattle were shipped for the first time. In 2014, 695 heads were shipped from Ishikawa.


Jibu-ni

Jibu-ni is a Japanese dish that is part of the regional cuisine of Kanazawa and the surrounding Ishikawa region. It is a stew made from duck or chicken meat coated in flour, wheat gluten, vegetables, and mushrooms all simmered together in dashi stock. It is often served as part of kaiseki.


Kabura Zushi

Kabura Sushi is a kind of “Nare Sushi” made with salted buri wrapped with salted kabu (turnips) then pickled in kouji (amazake). Kabura Sushi has been one of the preserved foods of winter in Kanazawa. Each home has its own recipe, and some uses mackerels as well. “History of Kanazawa City (people’s daily life edition)” describes about the delicacy dishes for guests in the New Year as “Namako, konowata, and kaburasu (sushi).” It is still a staple dish for the New Year not only in Kanazawa but also in Toyama.


Kanazawa Curry

"Kanazawa curry" is very distinctive as it is made with caramel, and is blackish and very thick. Its sweet and rich flavor is very popular not only among the locals but throughout Japan. The curry is served in a Kanazawa style - curry in a stainless plate, and served with a folk or spork. There are several rules of Kanazawa curry - there are always shredded cabbage on the side, and rice is fully covered with curry, and so on. There are retort Kanazawa curry available through internet these days, so people can enjoy it at home as well.


Gold Leaf Ice Cream

Have you ever seen or eaten "Gold leaf ice cream"? This unique ice cream is produced by the local shop "Hakuichi" located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa. You will be surprised to see the large square gold leaf covers almost the whole ice cream! Hakuichi which is one of the famous gold foil companies in Kanazawa sells very unique menu “Gold Leaf Ice Cream.” It looks extremely gorgeous as the whole gold leaf sheet is used in 1 normal size ice cream. It is overwhelming to see the gold leaf is put on the ice cream just in front of your eyes!


Noto Don

Oku-Noto, which has plenty of sea and greenery, is known for its high-quality food including meat, fish, vegetables, fruits and natural salt. The rule behind Noto-don is that the main ingredients such as the water and rice can only come from Oku-Noto. Plenty of variations exist including steak don and kaisendon (seafood bowl). The Noto bowl and chopsticks are from a land popular for its traditional handicrafts and used for this dish in which you can taste the whole of Noto in one bowl.