Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • Kanazawa Castle Park
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    4.0
    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.

  • Motorcar Museum of Japan
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    4.5
    118 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.

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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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    4.0
    126 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...

  • 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).

  • Kanazawa FORUS
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    4.0
    104 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Horikawashinmachi 3-1
    Kanazawa FORUS is a shopping center located adjacent to Kanazawa Station. There is a wide range of shops, selling high-fashion clothing, confectionery, sundry goods, music, books etc. The sixth floor has a variety of different restaurants, and there is a nine-screen cinema complex on the seventh floor.

    Have been to Kanazawa a few times and last 2 was able to utilise this department store for excellent choice of VERY GOOD restaurants. The sushi train is outstanding (just be prepared to wait...

  • Ishikawa Zoo
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    4.0
    66 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.

    I visited in June, and felt that they could have, should have made the animals enclosures so much larger and more natural. Most of the animals were lonely, the elephant was in a cement enclosure...

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of History
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    4.0
    82 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 Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts
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    4.0
    103 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...

  • Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
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    4.5
    89 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...

  • 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 Pref. Nanaoshi Notojimakoudamachi 125-10
    A glass art museum located on a hill close to Roadside Station Notojima. The museum's collection consists of some 400 pieces of modern glass art from around the world. The museum holds three to four month long special exhibitions on different themes and also conducts workshops in which participants can work with glass art. The museum provides fun activity sheets to elementary school aged children for them to enjoy while taking in the museum's art.

    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...

  • 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...

  • Kanazawa Noh Museum
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    4.0
    76 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...

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • Wajima Museum of Urushi Art (lacquer art museum)
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    4.0
    42 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...

  • Tedori Fish Land
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    4.0
    34 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.

    The stadium has Ultraman shows and shops. And There are also roller coasters, Ferris wheel , Kanazwa curry and merry-go-round. You can enjoy it with your...

  • Ishikawa Nanao Art Museum
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    3.5
    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。

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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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