Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    166 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...

  • Tsukiusaginosato
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    4.0
    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...

  • Le Musée de H Museum of Tsujiguchi Hironobu
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    130 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Wakuramachi Part 65-1
    This is an art museum produced by a world famous pastry chef called Hironobu Tsujiguchi who is from Nanao City in Wakura Town, Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The facility has three sections: an exhibition of sugar artworks by Mr. Tsujiguchi, a “Café” that provides original sweets and a shop called the “Patisserie Boutique” that sells take-out items such as cakes and baked goods. Not only can visitors enjoy the fusion of sweets and art, but original sweets available only in Wakura are also popular.

    Must eat to believe how delicious the cakes taste! Please make reservation. We waited more than an hour. And the popular ones are all gone. Had a few cakes made for the Christmas season. Small...

  • Cosmo Isle Hakui
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    4.5
    89 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakuishi Tsurutamachi Menda 25
    This museum is located in MendaTsurutamachi, Hakui City. Displayed here are artifacts such as a space capsule that was returned from space, actual materials used in the space program, and research on UFOs. In the adjoining CosmoTheater, a program about space and science is aired on a planetarium dome type screen.

    This is a really fun thing to do if you are in the Hakui area. It is not expensive with an 800JPY entrance fee. No guided tour but a walk through to see actual historical Soviet aerospace items along...

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kenrokumachi 1-1
    The Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts is dedicated to the collection of examples of Ishikawa’s handicraft traditions. The Museum is located next to the Kenroku-en garden (a popular tourist attraction), which can be accessed directly from the Museum’s West Entrance. Inside the Museum there are displays on 36 different traditional crafts, 10 of which are METI-designated Traditional Craft Industries. On Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can see demonstrations of various traditional crafts by expert craftspeople. The Museum also holds pottery-making experience activities and workshops of various kinds. The Museum is situated around 15 minutes’ drive from JR Kanazawa Station.

    Beautiful wares with interesting facts about their construction. (Kaga lanterns last longer because theyre made from rings, rather than a spiral.) Also one of the better shops for finding unique...

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of History
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    84 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Dewamachi 3-1
    A history museum located a three minute walk from the Kenrokuen Garden easily identifiable by its eye-catching red brick structure. This building was once used as an armory by the imperial army as well as a facility for the Kanazawa College of Art and has been designated a National Important Cultural Property. As its name indicates, the museum contains exhibits presenting the history and culture of Ishikawa Prefecture, and visitors can trace the eras of the area, from a reconstruction of a Jomon period dog based on excavated bones, to a recreation of a Showa period Japanese living room. The museum also actively engages in a variety of activities, including holding several planned and special exhibitions throughout the year as well as seminars and lectures by curators. In addition, the museum hosts tours of nearby historical sites and temples.

    There is a nice interactive exhibit for kids upstairs. We also like the short films they show of local festivals. The museum isnt huge, but the exhibits are well done, and there is enough English to...

  • Ishikawa Zoo
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nomishi Tokusanmachi 600
    Located in the Tokusan Town of Nomi City, Ishikawa Zoo occupies a 23-hectare site which makes effective use of the natural topography to enable the animals to live in an environment that resembles their natural environment as closely as possible. There is also a Japanese Crested Ibis Breeding Center within the Zoo, which is implementing a breeding program for this bird species. The Center itself is not open to the public, but visitors can view a live video food of the Ibises in the Animal Learning Center. Ishikawa Zoo also holds a variety of special events, including the Spring and Autumn Fureai Matsuri (friendship festivals) and Night Zoo activities on summer evenings, etc.

    Meh. A very mixed bag--love the animals, hate the zoo. It is very clean and perhaps nice for the humans. They are the worst--not all of them, but enough of them are the most horrid, disgusting...

  • Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
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    4.5
    91 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Owarichou 2-11-21
    This museum located in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture is dedicated to the subject of phonographs. The museum houses approximately 600 phonographs and 30,000 78 rpm records collected since the mid 1970s-mid 1980s, making it one of the largest museums of its kind in Japan. Three times a day, records are played on different phonographs selected from the collection so that visitors can hear the difference in the sound each produces. The phonographs used range from the wax cylinder phonograph invented by Thomas Edison to a Credenza, which is sometimes called the king of phonographs. The museum's beautiful exterior evokes romanticism for the Taisho era.

    It was a rainy day and being an LP enthusiast I thought I would pop into this museum. It’s a rather small museum with many many phonographs. Spent sometime listening to some records on the 3rd floor...

  • Kanazawa Castle Park
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    3.5
    5 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.

    金沢城公園には石川門から入りましたが、門を入ってすぐに芝生の広い広場にでました。こちらが三の丸広場です。三の丸広場の向こうには、石川城公園のメインの建物である、菱櫓・五十間長屋・橋爪門続櫓が見えていました。広々とした広場でした。

  • Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice
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    4.5
    70 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Ushiodumachi A) 106
    Founded in 1994, the Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014; the Museum is focused on the multi-faceted achievements of Dr. Ukichiro Nakaya, the first scientist in the world to successfully create artificial snow crystals. Using experiments and observational displays, the Museum shows, in an easy-to-understand way, how the study of snow and ice has developed since Dr. Nakaya’s breakthrough. The Museum also holds a variety of special events, including lectures and photography exhibitions, etc. The Museum is located around five minutes’ drive from the Katayamazu Interchange of the Hokuriku Expressway.

    Its a fairly small place and I cant imagine spending more than an hour here. It is pretty interesting though - the snowflake photos were beautiful (more exciting than it sounds...) The highlight...

  • 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hirosaka 1-2-1
    The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is housed in an imposing circular, glass-walled building, located in the center of Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The Museum is divided into an Exhibition Zone, for which there is an admission charge, and a Public Zone, with free admission. There are a wide variety of art installations and artworks everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. One particularly popular exhibit is Leandro Erlich’s “The Swimming Pool” (popularly known as “Leandro’s Pool”). From ground-level, it looks as though the people underneath are underwater; this experiential work creates opportunities for fascinating encounters between the people above and the people down below.
  • Notojima Glass Art Museum
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    3.5
    62 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Nanao-shi Notojima Koda Machi 125-10
    Located on a hill near Roadside Station Notojima, this art museum dedicated to glass art has an exterior appearance resembling a space station. Inside, the museum primarily displays glass art, including sculptures based on designs by Picasso and Chagall, Chinese Qing dynasty glasswork, and pieces by modern artists. The museum also holds special exhibitions which introduce all kinds of glass art. In the museum's garden, visitors can take in glass art as well as seasonal scenery and the sea off of Noto.

    As you can see, the building is very unique. They also have shop building which remind you of spacecraft but unfortunately the shop is closed by now. I think it would be better if they have shop or...

  • Kanazawa Noh Museum
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    4.0
    78 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hirosaka 1-2-25
    The Kanazawa Noh Museum is located adjacent to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, on Prefectural Route 10 in 1 Chome, Hirosaka, Kanazawa City. The Museum collects and exhibits masks and costumes from the “Kaga Hosho” tradition (a style of Noh drama that developed in the Kaga Domain), which has been designated an Intangible Cultural Asset by Kanazawa City Government. The Hirosaka district, where the Museum is situated, has a strong association with Noh drama, as this is the district where the old Kanagawa Noh Theatre was located.

    The museum is on the main road and is not in the fine arts museum. We enjoyed taking pictures dressed in the noh outfit. Not much to buy. Super glad we found the place. It near the Kenrokuen. Exit on...

  • Kutaniyaki Art Museum
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Daishoujijikatamachi 1 -10-13
    Kutaniyaki Art Museum is a museum in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture that is dedicated to Kutani-ware porcelain. The first floor of the Museum has exhibition rooms with masterpieces of Kutani-ware on display; the second floor has a tearoom and a multi-function event space that can be used for lectures, concerts, formal tea parties, etc. As the Museum is located within Ko-kutani-no-mori Oyamizu Park, it is a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful flowers and greenery of the park, which change with the seasons.

    My daughter and I visited the museum and had a personalized tour in Japanese. I was quite fortunate since my daughter was able to translate it to English. It was very interesting to learn about the...

  • Notojima Aquarium
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Notojimamagarimachi 15-40
    An aquarium located on the island of Notojima in Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture which keeps and displays some 40 thousand sea creatures spanning around 500 species in several buildings by the shore. The aquarium focuses on creatures living around the Noto Peninsula, such as whale sharks, which swim in one of the largest aquarium tanks on the western side of Japan. The aquarium also holds a variety of shows, including a penguin walk, sea and river otter feedings, and dolphin and sea lion performances. The grounds also host a shop, restaurant, and sea fishing center.

    桟橋が四角く海に突き出した釣り場です。ライフベストを着るだけで普通の通路を歩いてそのまま釣り場まで行けて手軽に海釣りが楽しめますし、手ごろな値段で竿がレンタルできます。水族館の横に隣接している施設です。能登島に1時間だけ立ち寄って楽しみました。あいにく風が強くほとんど連れている人はいなかったけど面白かったです。

  • Tedori Fish Land
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nomishi Aomachi Tsu 58
    A compound facility along Prefectural Route 157 in Aomachi Town, Nomi City. Naturally the amusement park has roller coasters, a Ferris wheel and other attractions. There’s a “Ultraman Stadium” with a show stage, an exhibition corner, and an official shop, as well as a fishing pond for carp, goldfish, and freshwater fish. Also, there is a pet shop and game corner which are never closed.

    Cheap-ish, fun, local amusement park. Great rollercoaster and Viking ship rides. Highly recommended for half-a day, groups or dates. Oh, and of course its a huge pet and fish store too. You can...

  • Wajima Museum of Urushi Art (lacquer art museum)
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    41 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Mitomorimachi Shijugari 11
    The Wajima Museum of Urushi Art was established in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture as a base for spreading awareness of the region’s outstanding lacquerware-making tradition. The external appearance of the Museum is reminiscent of the Azekura-zukuri (ancient architectural style using interlocking logs with a triangular section) architecture of the Shoso-in treasure house in Nara. Inside the spacious Museum, lacquer is everywhere. Besides displays introducing the historic Wajima lacquer-making tradition, there are also many lacquerware masterpieces made by Living National Treasures and Members of the Japan Art Academy on display. In the adjoining “Urushi no Sato Square”, visitors can view examples of several tree species, including trees that produce lacquer, and other trees the wood of which has lacquer applied to it to make lacquerware.

    Here, I saw many beautiful Wajimanuri, one of the most famouse traditional Japanese craftworks. I went to here because I found it in a free holiday brochure by chance. But, I was really moved that...

  • 11th Ohi Chozaemon Ware/Ohi Museum/Ohi Gallery
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Hashibacho 2-17
    Ohi ware is a type of pottery. Records state the origins of this pottery date back to when Maeda Tsunanori, the fifth lord of Kaga Domain, invited tea ceremony master Senso Soshitsu to Kaga to popularize the tea ceremony in the area; during his stay, Senso used clay from the outlying village of Ohi (now the neighborhood of Ohi-machi) to create tea cups. Ohi ware is shaped entirely by hand without the use of a potter’s wheel and is covered with a traditional ameyu glaze. The art museum standing on the studio’s grounds, open year-round, displays examples of Ohi ware made by the first Chozaemon head potter to the current head, as well as tea ceremony implements strongly connected to the old Kaga Domain. The studio’s Edo period samurai residence is a Kanazawa Designated Preservation Structure.

    A small, beautiful pottery museum. I was the only one here when I visited in the late afternoon. The pottery is fascinating, its a beautiful example of the wabi-sabi aesthetic. I wish there had been...

  • Ishikawa Nanao Art Museum
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    28 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Komaruyamadai 1-1
    "An art museum located a five minute taxi ride from JR Nanao Station. Notable for its seven domed roofs, the museum collects and displays artwork connected to the Noto area. The museum's primary collection consists of the Ikeda Collection, a group of artworks assembled by a businessman with ties to Nanao City. The museum also holds periodic exhibitions, and visitors can view pottery such as Mino ware and Karatsu ware, Japanese paintings, sculptures, crafts, and more. In the museum's high definition video corner, visitors can view a documentary on Nanao-born master painter Hasegawa Tohaku as well as a replica of one of his ""Sanju banjin-zu"" (""Figure of 30 Guardian Dieties"")."

    七尾市小丸山台にあります、何せモニュメントが素晴らしかった七尾市県立の美術館があるとは知りませんでした展示品はどれも素晴らしいがやはり規模が小さく見栄えしなかった。

  • Kaga-Honda Museum
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Dewamachi 3-1 Ishikawa Red Brick Museum 3rd building
    Located within the Ishikawa Prefectural History Museum grounds in the Dewa Town, Kanazawa City, the Kaga-Honda Museum has around 2,000 precious historical artifacts in its collections, including weapons and armor, old documents, relating to the Honda family, one of the “Hakka” (“eight clans”) families of leading retainers that served the Maeda family (who ruled the Kaga Domain) for generations. The Museum is a marvelous place to learn about the history of the Kaga Domain and about the samurai culture of the Edo period.

    Spent a rainy day visiting museums...this was our third. It was interesting but not that special. Some interesting things on the family with arrows, swords and armor. Worth a very quick trip.

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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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