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  • 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.
  • Ishikawa Aviation Plaza
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    3.0
    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。

  • Kaga-Honda Museum
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    3.5
    22 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.

  • Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice
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    4.5
    61 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.

    This place is great but without a Japanese guide or being fluent in Japanese you're going to have a lot of limitations. There are a couple of things in English, there is a small English pamphlet, the...

  • Matsui Hideki Baseball Museum
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nomishi Yamaguchimachi T 58
    The “Matsui Hideki Baseball Museum” is exactly that—a museum about Hideki Matsui, where you can learn about his life and passions. A number of precious items are on display—items from his childhood, from his days with the Yomiuri Giants, and from his days in the US Major Leagues. The wonderful array of documents and goods are sure to please any fan. five minutes by car from Komatsu Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.
  • Fukata Kyuya Yama no Bunkakan
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Daishoujibambachou 18-2
    Designated as a Natural Cultural Asset in 2002, the Fukata Kyuya Yama no Bunkakan is a renovation of the offices, stone warehouse and gate of Yamanaga - a textiles factory built in 1910. The first floor displays Fukata Kyuya’s relics, and the second floor is a storehouse of materials. You can peruse the documents about Fukata Kyuya, the mountains, or the forests in the library. Approximately 10 minutes by car via Kaga Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.

    日本百名山で有名な深田久弥氏の資料館です。大聖寺城跡の近くにありました。氏の原稿や遺品などが展示されていて、建物と共に見ごたえが有りました。

  • Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum
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    4.0
    124 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."

    Although this is a very small museum, it includes detailed exhibits on how gold leaf is produced. It's quite a drawn out process. There are also a number of examples of works using gold leaf. The...

  • Alice-kan Shika
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakuigunshikamachi Akasumi No 21
    An Alice in Wonderland-themed interactive museum where you can learn about electricity and nuclear power located in Shika Town, Hakui County, Ishikawa Prefecture. In the first floor exhibition room, characters from Alice in Wonderland guide you through an amazing world. Outside the museum, there's a natural grass lawn, playground with obstacle course, and a cycling road on which you can ride fun pedal-powered vehicles. Seasonal events such as science demonstrations and experiments. Entry is free.
  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of History
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    4.0
    70 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.

    We only visited the hands on section for kids but this is a great place for primary school aged children to try on samurai costumes ( for free!), do some art and craft and learn about Japanese...

  • Science Hills Komatsu
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Prefecture Komatsu City Komatsu's Forest 2
    A public facility located a three minute walk from the east exit of JR Komatsu Station. The facility is comprised of the Hito to Monozukuri Kagakukan science museum where visitors can have fun while learning about science, and the Komatsu Business Creation Plaza, which supports up and coming business founders. The museum has a 3D domed theater, one of the largest in Japan, used to present programs on the night sky and outer space. The museum also has an astronaut experience exhibits and holds workshops and experiments using everyday items. The facility's shop sells astronaut food, model kits, and original senbei rice crackers.

    小松駅前にありかなり奇抜な建て物です。沢山の地元企業がサポーターとして名を連ねていますが展示は以外と普通。サポーター企業の皆さん頑張ってください。

  • Ishikawa Nishida Kitaro Museum of Philosophy
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kahokushi Uchihisumi Well 1
    This museum is in Uchihisumii, Kahoku City. This museum of philosophy displays materials pertaining to the local philosopher Nishida Kitaro. It is the only museum of philosophy in Japan. This museum, built around the theme of 'to think' by the architect Ando Tadao, is equipped with a 300 seat auditorium, seminar rooms, an observation lounge, a library housing books on philosophy, and a cafe.

    観覧料一般300円、JAF等割引250円。何よりもコンクリート打ち放し安藤忠雄建築がバレバレと分かり易い。兵庫や秋田など県立美術館系にはデジャブな存在。公共建築物にはお馴染みのあるある光景。「人間は考えるアッシーである」とかパスカルも嘆いているかもしれません。

  • Cosmo Isle Hakui
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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.
  • Kaga Yuzen Kaikan
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Koshomachi 8-8
    This is an exhibition and experiential center for the traditional art of Kaga-yuzen's fabric design. It is located in Koshomachi, Kanazawa City. In addition to displays of Yuzen materials, a demonstration of how fabrics are hand drawn can be watched. Small Yuzen items are also for sale. Through the DIY corner and the kimono fitting corner, one can get a taste of Kaga-yuzen concept. Adjoining this museum a hall available for rent for events, and a rest area for use at no cost.

    We had advance reservation for kimono dressing for 2 ladies. However upon arrival we understood that there is no enough staff to dress in a kimono us both together simultaneously. One of us was...

  • Wakura Showa Era and Toy Museum
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Wakuramachi Ninety 20-1
    A museum along Prefectural Route 47 in Wakura-machi, Nanao City. The collection on display has almost 10,000 toys collected by the museum director over many years from the Meiji period to the 1960s. The Showa Museum recreates the look of the Showa period and along with the Toy Museum, which has toy cars, robots, and dolls on display they have a classic car display space.

    予想以上の展示物の数に驚きました!!! 昭和生まれの私は懐かしいものもあれば、 全然知らないものもありましたが、 終始楽しかったです。 平成生まれの子どもは飽きてしまうかと心配しましたが、 けっこう楽しみながら展示物を見ていました。 やはり父や母の世代が一番楽しんでいたように見えました(笑) 昭和生まれも平成生まれも楽しめる所だと思います。

  • Torigoe Ikkou Ikki History Museum
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakusanshi Deaimachi A 26
    This history museum is located within the Ikko-ikki no Sato Roadside Station along the National Route No. 360 in Deaimachi, Hakusan City. This museum displays materials from the KagaIkko-ikki uprising during the Sengoku era and airs a film depicting the details along with a narration. Earthenware excavated from the National Historic Landmarks of the Torigoe and affiliated Futoge Castles are also on display, This museum functions as an information center for the castle remains.

    白山周辺を観光した際に立ち寄りました。有料の施設です。駐車場は同じ敷地内の道の駅の一向一揆の里が利用できます。建物はなかなか綺麗で、山あいの施設とは思えないほどです。展示もなかなか充実していて、一向一揆について知識を深める事が出来ました。

  • Umikko Land Nanatsuka
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    Ishikawa Kahoku-shi Shiroo Mu 1-3
    An outdoor activity center situated adjacent to a shallow coastline. Located just off the Shiroo Interchange, facilities include a campground, barbecue ground, and museum. The Umi to Nagisa no Hakubutsukan museum looks at the relationship between human beings and the sea and was designed by leading postwar Japanese architect Shozo Uchii. Inspired by the design of a ship, the building won the 22nd Ishikawa Prefecture Architecture Award. The museum’s collection consists of over 3,000 items, and visitors can learn about living on the sea of the Noto Peninsula through computer-powered interactive exhibits and other displays.
  • Great People of Kanazawa Memorial Museum
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Shimohondamachi 6-18-4
    Kanazawa, once the capital of Japan, has produced great numbers of pioneers in a wide variety of fields since the late Edo period. This museum introduces some of the most famous and celebrated of these personages. The standing exhibition on the second floor is divided into seven areas presenting the achievements and careers of people who have supported modern Japan. One of the areas features people requested by Kanazawa City elementary school students, and visitors can learn more about the things they have done and the way they lived. The museum also serves as a base for research concerning the great people of Kanazawa.

    Admittedly, not everyone's cup of tea, but I was intrigued to learn something about Kanazawa's notable homeboys. Exhibits consists of bio panels, fotos, personal mementos, occasional relevant...

  • Kanazawa Yuwaku Edo-mura
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Yuwakuarayamachi 35-1
    This museum was opened in 2010 after three farmhouses, one samurai residence, two merchant residences, one post station town wholesaler’s residence, and one gate from a samurai residence were moved here from the former Edomura open air museum. The museum conveys the culture and history of Edo period Kaga Domain, centered in Kanazawa. The museum is divided into two zones – a merchant/ samurai residence zone and a farmhouse zone, and the museum’s structures are of immense historical value and have been variously designated as cultural properties by the national, prefectural, and city governments.

    ここの施設は、農家3棟、武士住宅1棟、商家2棟、宿場問屋1棟、武家門1棟、総計8棟の移築した江戸時代のものです。住居は、“旧松下家住宅”、“旧山川家住宅”、“旧鯖波本陣石倉家住宅”などの町屋や武家が秀逸に残されています。農家住居では、“旧平家住宅”は17世紀ととても古くものが現在でも見学ができます。

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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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