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  • Kenrokuen Garden
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kenrokumachi 1
    Kenrokuen is a traditional Japanese-style garden in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The garden is said to have been first constructed in the mid-17th century in the outer bailey of Kanazawa Castle as a private garden for the lords of the Kaga Domain; it has been designated as a National Special Place of Scenic Beauty, and it ranks alongside the Kairakuen garden in Mito and the Korakuen garden in Okayama as one of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan.” Kenrokuen is renowned for its beautiful vistas, which make effective use of how nature changes with the seasons. For example, a special feature of the garden during the winter months is the Yuki-tsuri (ropes attached in a conical array to protect tree branches in a garden during the winter); another seasonal feature is the red and white plum blossom in the plum grove. In 2009 the Kenrokuen garden was awarded three stars (the maximum possible) in the Michelin Green Guide. During the peak tourist season, there is free admission at certain times, and the garden also hosts various special events, such as having the garden illuminated at night, etc.
  • 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 Aquarium
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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.
  • Kanazawa Castle Park
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    4.0
    83 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.

    The actual palace was never built again after It was destroyed. The only portion left was the look it area. You have to pay to go in. Not really worth it There is a free English guide. 30min to...

  • D.T. Suzuki Museum
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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.
  • Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
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    4.5
    73 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.

    As it was a wet day we looked for something indoors. This is a small museum. The phonograph demonstration (11am / 2pm /4pm) alone was worth the visit.

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts
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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.
  • Kutaniyaki Art Museum
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    50 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...

  • Wajima Museum of Urushi Art (lacquer art museum)
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    4.0
    35 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...

  • Ishikawa Aviation Plaza
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    7 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Komatsushi Atakashinmachi Hei 92 (Komatsu airport front)
    A museum dedicated to aviation located on the north side of Komatsu Airport in Ishikawa Prefecture. Aircraft such as helicopters, Air Self-Defense Force fighters, and paragliders are on permanent display outside the museum and on the first floor. The cockpits of some of the craft can also be entered and inspected. The museum also has a real YS-11 simulator as well as simplified simulators for an F-15 fighter and Cessna plane (charge: 100-500 yen). In 2012, the museum erected the Bunbun World playground, one of the largest aircraft-themed playlands in the country. Here parents and children can have fun year round and regardless of the weather.

    こちらの石川県立航空プラザ カフェは、名前の通り航空プラザの中に入っているカフェです。カフェといっても想像するようなカフェではなくて、お洒落でもなんでもないです、ちょっとしたスペースに椅子とテーブルがあるといった感じです。ちょっと休憩のためにと割り切って、一息のためのスペースです。

  • Hakusan National Park
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    Toyama prefecture, Ishikawa prefecture, Fukui prefecture, Gifu prefecture
    It is a national park consisting of the three peaks of Mt. Hakusan (Gozengamine, Onanjimine, and Kengamine) and surrounding mountains and is known for having one of Japan’s heaviest snowfall. There are various alpine plants such as chocolate lily and Primla cuneifolia Ledeb. var. hakusanensis (Hakusankozakura), and many rare creatures such as the golden eagle, the mountain hawk-eagle, and the Japanese ermine in Mt. Hakusan which shows various environmental changes depending on the season. Many climbing paths are maintained in the area. There are visitor centers in Ichinose and Chugu hot springs, where material and tourist information about the nature and culture of the district are exhibited, and multilingual brochures are available.
  • Chirihama Beach
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakuishi Chirihamamachi
    "Chirihama Beach is located near the Chirihama Interchange on the Noto Satoyama Kaido highway; cars can drive right onto the beach. During the season when the beach is officially open, from July 10 until late August, three zones are delineated based on their proximity to the sea: the ""Sea Bathing Area"" closest to the sea, the ""Driving Zone,"" and the ""Parking Zone."" The ""Driving Zone"" is the famous Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, which is the only area of its kind in Japan where not only passenger cars but also buses, motorcycles and bicycles can ride or drive along the beach. The beach shelves gently, so the waves are not too big, making it suitable for swimming. Visitors can also collect clams etc. on the beach."
  • Masuhogaura Beach
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    Ishikawa Hakui-gun Shikamachi
    A beach selected for inclusion in a list of the 55 Best Swimming Beaches in Japan. The beach is a four-kilometer-long, continuous stretch of clear ocean and white sands. The waters of the beach are extremely clear, on par with Waikiki’s own on clear days. The beach is also counted alongside Wakanoura in Wakayama Prefecture and Yuigahama in Kanagawa Prefecture as one of Japan’s three best destinations for seashell gathering. In addition, the beach is famous as the location of the “longest bench in the world,” a 460-meter-long bench once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. From November through March, a wind known to bring seashells ashore blows, and during this time the shells of Nitidotellina nitidula and 35 other shellfish species appearing in the poems of the traditional 36 Shellfish Poems Anthology wash up on the beach.
  • Yaoyoroz Honpo
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    3 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Owarichou 2-14-20
    A sort of miniature shopping mall comprised of several shops operating together inside a remodeled old townhome and former hardware shop in Owari Town, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The shops of Yaoyoroz Honpo carry popular Ishikawa traditional crafts and specialty products. Here you will find popular Ishikawa souvenirs combining tradition with innovative ideas, including Kutani ware porcelain featuring designs that look like pop art stickers and attractive items handmade by Noto artists. You’ll also find an abundant variety of merchandise feature Hyakuman-san, the official mascot of Ishikawa Prefecture.

    店内は、お茶ができとってもかわいい雑貨があります。 2度目の来店ですが、雑貨店の中央レジの店員の方(ふくよかな方)の態度が 酷く最初の来店時も酷い態度でしたが、2度目も最悪でした。 購入した商品を袋に入れる時も雑で陶器を購入したのですが置き方も雑に扱われ 自分の働いているお店の商品なのになぜそんなひどい扱いをするのか理解できません。 接客態度もかなり悪いので、接客のお勉強もされたらいいとおもいます...

  • Kutaniyaki Kamaato Tenjikan
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    17 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Yamashironsen 19-101-9
    A museum dedicated to Kutani ware ceramics located in the Yamanaka Onsen hot spring resort area in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The museum houses a restored climbing kiln used to make Kutani ware which was moved here from Kutani Village in 1826. Designated a National Historic Site, the kiln site is open for viewing by the general public. A separate museum building presents how Kutani ware is made and the history of the craft; the building was once a private home which was used as on office for the operation of the kiln as well as residence and studio. Visitors can view the aforementioned Kutani ware climbing kiln, the oldest still in existence, as well as displays presenting tools used in making Kutani ware. The museum also holds short classes in which participants can try their hand at ceramics decorating and spinning potter on a potter’s wheel.

    施設では絵付けが体験できると聞いてトライしてみました。初級と中級コースが有り、初めてだったので初級コースを選べました。作品は自宅まで送ってもらうことができました。

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    142 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.

    We visited this museum, and enjoyed the displays of various arts - emphasis is on Decorative Arts. Display cases are nicely lit and organized. We bought two delightful Kutani tea cups and matching...

  • artra
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Shimotsutsumichou 7 Altaville 2/3 F
    This is an art shop on the second floor of the “Ultra Building” in Shimotsutsumi Town, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The shop sells items such as glass crafts and Kutani ware, accessories, miscellaneous goods, paintings, and picture frames, etc. at reasonable prices. It is a popular spot for Kanazawa souvenirs and exhibits and sells items mainly by young local artists. The third floor is a gallery where exhibitions are held and the fourth floor is an art school.
  • Le Musée de H Museum of Tsujiguchi Hironobu
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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.
  • Tsukiusaginosato
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    4.0
    129 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.

    We found a pamphlet for this park at an onsen we stayed at in Kaga, it was a 20 minute drive away but worth the time. Admission is free and we were skeptical that there would be many bunnies (the...

  • Motorcar Museum of Japan
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    4.5
    100 Reviews
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    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.

    Interesting experience and lots to see but very hot inside The car fanatic enjoyed the visit We took a taxi to get there from our Ryokan about 2km away. Disappointing that when it came to leaving...

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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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