Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • Kanazawa Castle Park
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    2156 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Marunouchi 1-1
    In addition to the peripheral garden Kenrokuen, Kanazawa Castle Park is a treasure for the people of Ishikawa Prefecture. It is a center of history, and the castle—formerly the home of Kaga’s million-koku strong Maeda clan—is open to the public. There are innumerable sties to see, including Important National Cultural Properties like the Ishikawa Gate, Sanjikken Nagaya, and Tsurumaru Warehouse, as well as the grandeur of recent reconstructions of the Hishiyagura (tower), Gojikken Nagaya (gate), and Hashizume-mon Tsuzuki Yagura (tower). You can get a strong sense of Kaga’s history and culture by visiting there. Approximately 20 minutes by car via Kanazawa-Morimoto Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.

    While not worth seeking out as a highlight, but if in Kanazawa it is worth walking up and around. Quite dramatic up on the hill and stark white. And then the gardens are close by.

  • Myoryu-ji Temple
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    4.0
    1254 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nomachi 1-2-12
    The Myoryu-ji Temple is a Nichiren Buddhist temple in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The Temple was founded by Maeda Toshitsune, the third lord of the Kaga Domain. Its complex defensive architecture, including many features designed to confuse attackers, led to it being nicknamed the “Ninja Temple.” The Temple interior is full of ingenious features such as offertory boxes and steps that hide pitfalls, hidden rooms, etc. What appears from the outside to be a two-storey building actually has four stories, with a total of 23 rooms. Tours can be booked in advance by telephone; it may be possible to book a place for the same day if there are any places vacant on that day’s tour.

    My hotel helped me book a tour in advance. Yes its a bit disappointing that they dont do an english tour but the printed book they hand out in exchange provides enough info. Its fun seeing all the...

  • Nomura Samurai Residence
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    859 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nagamachi 1-3-32
    A collection of buildings which once served as the residence of the Nomura samurai family during the era of Japan’s feudal domains. This popular tourist destination is located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa. Walking the stone paving and earthen walled alleys of the site, you’ll be able to get a taste of the life a samurai and his lady wife lived during the Edo period. The Nomura family served as regional administrators for generations; today, their home is open to the general public, and visitors can view fusuma screen paintings by the Kano school painter Sasaki Senkei, the interiors of buildings with glass and paper screen doors, tea rooms, and the family garden. Visited by great numbers of tourists from overseas as well, the residence is an internationally renowned sightseeing spot.

    Definitely take the time to explore the Nagamachi district and visit the Nomura house while you at there. Both the neighborhood and the house itself are fascinating.

  • Oyama-jinja Shrine
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    641 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Oyamamachi 11-1
    You’ll find this shrine in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The founder of the Kaga Clan, Maeda Toshiie, and his lawful wife Matsu are enshrined here. It was constructed in 1873, before which time the spirits were enshrined together in Utasu Hachimangu (the present Utatsu Shrine) at the foot of the Mt. Utatsu. The three-level shrine gate was built in 1875 and combines Japanese, Chinese, and Western styles. It has been designated an Important Cultural Property. Vibrant glass fills the third level, giving it an otherworldly appearance when illuminated at night.

    There are a lot of big garden sights in Kanazawa, itd be easy to skip the lovely Oyama Shrine and its gardens. The guilded frogs on the lily pads are worth a close look as our the gardens. Its...

  • D.T. Suzuki Museum
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    4.5
    435 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hondamachi 3-4-20
    The D.T. Suzuki Museum in Kanazawa was opened as a place for people to learn about D.T. Suzuki, a renowned Buddhist scholar who was born in Kanazawa, and also as a place for self-reflection. The Museum consists of three halls (the Vestibule, Exhibition Space and Contemplative Space, which are linked by corridors) and three gardens (the Vestibule Garden, Water Mirror Garden, and Roji Garden). The scene of the Contemplative Space building reflected in the shallow pool of water in the Water Mirror Garden is highly photogenic, and has appeared in many different media.

    My ryokan host said this was his favourite museum. It’s a lively contemplative place where you can also sit and read special books. I loved its water pool. Very good English interpretations. Best...

  • Kanazawa Station Tourist Information Center
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    4.5
    314 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kinoshimbomachi 1-1JR Kanazawa Station Campus
    The Kanazawa Station Tourist Information Center is located directly in front of the Shinkansen (bullet train) ticket gate inside Kanazawa Station. Besides providing tourist information for Kanazawa and other parts of Ishikawa Prefecture, the Center also offers a range of other services; it can help visitors to book hotel accommodation for that evening, arrange to have luggage sent to the hotel, loan umbrellas, wheelchairs, etc., and sell one-day bus passes for Kanazawa city buses, etc. One counter is staff by volunteers who can provide tourist information in English.

    Start your visit to Kanazawa here. Its not just the maps, the English counter will point out where you eat, catch the JR bus (if you have a pass) and what to do rain, snow or shine.

  • Yunokuni Tensyo
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    299 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Yamashironsen 19-49-1
    "A hotel located in the Yamashiro Onsen hot spring district, one of the Kaga area's many hot spring villages. A free scheduled shuttlebus connects the hotel to JR Kagaonsen Station and the facility offers relaxing daytrip hot spring bath plans. In addition to a full range of facilities including Japanese and Western-style guest rooms, banquet halls, and a restaurant which serves local seasonal cuisine, the hotel also has an amazing 18 different hot spring baths. The baths are fed from the hotel's own alkaline hot spring, the ""Bihada no Yu."" Each bath area has a different design. The walls of the ""Kutani no Yudokoro"" are decorated with beautiful Kutani ware designs as is appropriate to the Kaga area. After your bath, you can make your own hot spring slow-boiled egg to enjoy. In the summer, the hotel also operates a garden pool. Of course you can swim in the pool and savor the summertime atmosphere."

    This is a large ryokan, although the lay out makes it seem and feel more intimate. Check in was professional and friendly as was our orientation with a cup of green tea made by staff in our room...

  • Shirayama Hime-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    125 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakusanshi Sannomiyamachi D 105-1
    Shirayama Hime-jinja Shrine is located in Sannomiya Town, Hakusan City. It is the head shrine of Hakusan Shrine worshiping the sacred Mt. Hakusan as the objects enshrined and its establishment is said to date back to 91 BC. The homotsukan (treasure house) stores valuable Important Cultural Properties including a short sword named Yoshimitsu which is a National Treasure and can be seen for a fee.

    The grounds of the shrine are so peaceful and the staircase leading up to the shrine is absolutely beautiful. I just went to pray and get a lucky charm, but I heard that you can also pay to enter the...

  • Nata-dera Temple
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    4.5
    214 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Komatsushi Natamachi Yu 122
    This is a temple of the Koyasan Shingon sect located in Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture. It is said that it was established by Taicho in 717. The ground of the temple is large and the nature is beautiful like a landscape painting. The temple is known as the enchanted land with unusual rocks and the main shrine is connected to a huge, rocky cave. It is the sacred place of “Iwa-ya Tainai Kuguri” where sins are purified and people are reborn. There are many buildings including the main shrine and the three-storied pagoda which are certified as important cultural assets of the country. It is also known as a famous sightseeing spot of leaves changing color in autumn. There are no railings on the roads or stairs in the premises, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended when visiting the site.

    We came here on a beautiful afternoon and was not disappointed with the temple and its surroundings. The map tht comes along with the admission fee is very useful to cover the full ground from...

  • Seisonkaku
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    4.0
    197 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kenrokumachi 1-2
    Seisonkaku is a retreat which Nariyasu Maeda, the 13th lord of Kaga Province, built for his mother, Shinryuin, in 1863. It is located next to Kenroku-en Garden, a famous tourist place in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The building has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property and its garden as a National Place of Scenic Beauty. The two-storey building with a shingle roof features the Shoin-zukuri architectural style on the first floor and the Sukiya-zukuri architectural style on the second floor. The luxurious interior decorations, such as the Shoin-no-ma with its impressive purple walls and pastel ultramarine ceiling, as well as the drawing room with a beautiful colored ranma openwork screen are particular must sees.

    Well worth a visit when In Kenrokuen Garden. A two story traditional house with some unusual finishes with many rooms opening to a lovely garden where the sound of running water cools on a...

  • Kanazawa Maimon Sushi Main Restaurant
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    4.5
    107 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Ekinishishinmachi 3-20-7
    Kanazawa Maimon Sushi Main Restaurant in Ekinishi-Shinmachi Town, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture is a popular sushi-go-round restaurant where there is a queue during peak periods. Seasonal local fish are supplied twice a day from fishing ports in Kanazawa and Noto so it is extraordinarily fresh at both lunch and dinner. The most popular ingredient is black throat seaperch which is referred to as the king of white fish. The melting fatty texture is irresistible. It also has a range of unique local ingredients such as white prawn, which is a local specialty of Toyama Bay, and rare gasu shrimp. It is a shop where you feel free to enjoy authentic sushi formed by an experienced artisan, so many tourists also visit.

    This head Maimon restaurant is off the centre of the city, located just next to Hokuriku Expressway so to get there, you need to have a car or take a taxi, but it is definitely worth it if you are in...

  • Itaru Main Branch
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    4.5
    183 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kakinokibatake 3-8
    This popular Japanese-style restaurant, located behind the Kanazawa City Hall, in Kakinokibatake, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, has been featured numerous times on television programs and in travel guides. This restaurant is so popular with the local people and tourists that they line up outside. The restaurant is proud of its generous servings of seafood from the Sea of Japan, sashimi and carefully selected junmai sake, and its Sea of Japan Sashimi Platter, bursting with the flavors of fish freshly caught that same day, is very popular. In the winter, customers can enjoy the restaurant’s yellowtail and crab meals.

    Authentic Japanese setting and fare some of which was good but some, esp what looked like sea slugs, not at all to our liking. Couldnt eat that type of food often.

  • Roadside Station Noto Shokusai Ichiba
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    3.5
    190 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Fuchumachi Outside 13-1
    With a fish theme, the Roadside Station Noto Shokusai Ichiba is located in Noto’s biggest fishing port—Nanao Port—and it is a wharf building packed with the charms of Noto including tourism guidance and restaurants, focusing particularly on the sale of specialty items from Noto and fresh fish from the morning’s catch. Right next to the ocean, you get a wide view of the peaceful waves in Nanao Bay. Approximately 18 minutes by car via Tatsuruhama Interchange on the Noto Satoyama Kaido.

    We decided to do the barbecue. We ordered one set with crab, shellfish, fish, etc, and could barely finish it between the two of us. We had fun grilling. Also we saw a live deep-sea fish that was for...

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    161 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Dewamachi 2-1
    This integrated art museum is located in Dewamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. It opened in 1959 and was moved to its current location in 1983. The museum collects and displays various works, ranging from the works of artists associated with Ishikawa Prefecture to the antiques associated with the Maeda Family of the Kaga clan, which are its focus, to Japanese-style paintings, oil paintings and sculptures. It also houses a National Treasure, “Iro-e Kiji Koro (Incense burner in the shape of pheasant decorated with overglaze enamels),” by Nonomura Ninsei, and other important cultural properties. There are seven collection exhibition rooms, which are rotated regularly, to display different works. The café created by a patissier Hironobu Tsujiguchi is also very popular.

    Visited to soak in the local art and was pleasantly surprised by the high quality exhibits. The incense burners are particularly lovely in person, as are some of the other historic exhibits. The...

  • Kaikaro Teahouse
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-14-8
    Kaikaro while being located in the middle of Kanazawa Higashi Chaya District, it is the biggest tea house in Kanazawa. In the evening, it maintains the custom of “Ichigensan Okotowari” (meaning to “refuse first-time customers”), but during the day it is possible to take a tour of the building. You can enjoy the vermillion lacquered walls and furnishings which are unique to Kanazawa’s teahouses. Again, at the Kaikaro Cafe where they are particular about their ingredients, you can taste high quality sweets. The “Enyukai” event is held several times a year—you can experience tea house entertainment and Kaga cuisine at this event which is also open to the general public.

    Its a small area, but its also quite mysterious with so much history. Everything is well kept.. from restaurants to cafes to souvenir shops etc.. I went there twice..

  • Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum
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    4.0
    141 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-3-10
    "A five minute walk from the ""Hashiba-cho"" bus station on the Hokuriku Railroad Bus and JR Bus lines from Kanazawa Station. This museum is dedicated to gold leafing, a traditional industry in Kanazawa. The museum was started by Takaki Yasue, a gold leaf artisan who collected gold leaf artwork and tools and built a hall to display them in Kitayasue. Due to the aging of this facility, the museum was moved from the hall to its current location in Higashiyama in 2010. The museum building was modeled after a traditional Japanese townhouse and is accented with gold leaf. The domed ceiling in the museum's hall, decorated with no. 3 pure yellow gold, in particular is a must-see. The museum contains exhibits and video displays which show how gold leaf is made and applied, as well as gold leaf works of art, and visitors can learn about the history of gold leaf production and view dazzling examples of the craft."

    This museum is not that big, you can allocate less than 1 hour. If you curious about history of gold, this is the place. You can also get discount if you have one day pass (bus).

  • Tsukiusaginosato
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    146 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Nagaimachi 43-41
    This rabbit theme park is located in Nagaimachi Town, Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The area maintains the legend of the “moon rabbit” who saves the village from torrential rains as reward for saving it first. Rabbits are said to bring good fortune. Every day, there are more than 50 rabbits playing about in the square. You can touch them, give them food, or join in “holding time” held two to three times per day. There are also restaurants and shops selling many rabbit goods.

    Our tour group visited this park on a sunny afternoon after leaving Osaka and arrived late afternoon. Basically a petting rabbit garden with about 50 hoppers onsite, they seem to be well-fed...

  • Motorcar Museum of Japan
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    4.5
    118 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Komatsushi Futatsunashimachi Ikkanyama 40
    The Motorcar Museum of Japan in Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture is a specialty motorcar museum. In the European-style building with a red tiled roof, it exhibits about 500 vehicles which were popular in Japan in the 20th century. In the museum, various car models such as a three-wheel truck, sports cars, famous European vehicles and buses are categorized for each manufacturer and genre to introduce them. You can find rare and one-of-a-kind vehicles, including a Rolls Royce which the late Princess Diana used when she visited Japan.

    We planned our route around Japan so that we could visit this museum. It did not disappoint. Nicely set out in a stylish older building on three floors. British phone boxes and a London taxi were...

  • Keta Taisha Shrine
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    4.0
    127 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Hakuishi Jikemachi Cook 1-1
    The Keta Taisha Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Jike Town, Hakui City. The Shrine, which is dedicated to the worship of the Shinto deity Okuninushi-no-mikoto, is said to have been built around 2,000 years ago. The sacred grove in which the Inner Shrine is situated is known as the “Forbidden Forest,” and has been designated as a National Natural Monument (note that there is no admission to the Forest).

    A lot of shrines have forested areas, but they’re often quite manicured. Keta Shrine was like it was made with the forest in mind. Some parts were downright Ghibli-ish, especially the torii that led...

  • Restaurant Jiyuken
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    4.0
    119 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-6-6
    Located at the entrance to Higashi Chaya District in the Higashiyama district of Kanazawa City, Jiyuken is a long-established Yoshoku (Japanese-style Western food) restaurant that was founded in 1909. Jiyuken serves proper, old-fashioned Yoshoku using recipes (such as a special demi-glace sauce) that have been handed down through the generations since the restaurant was first established. The rice omelet, made by frying rice and meat seasoned a soy-sauce-based sauce and then wrapping it inside a fried egg, has consistently been the most popular item on the menu. The lunchtime set meal (also available at dinnertime), which includes four Jiyuken favorites—home-made hamburgers, sautéed pork, potato croquettes, and fried shrimp in béchamel sauce—is also very popular.

    I would say it’s a pretty good place for lunch. The Omurice is cheap and unique because the restaurant used rice with soy sauce instead of ketchup. Cream croquette is delicious. Hayashi rice is...

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Long, thin Ishikawa prefecture runs along the Sea of Japan up into Noto Peninsula. Highlights of the seaside towns lining the west coast include Kanazawa, often described as a "Little Kyoto" thanks to its old wooden tea houses and geisha culture as well as its picturesque Japanese garden, Kenroku-en.

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