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Culture / Tour Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • 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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    4.5
    310 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.

    It was a short visit since I was in a hurry. Despite that, I could enjoy this aquarium. At first, you will enter a blue room with a giant fish tank. There you can see their local whale sharks. It was...

  • D.T. Suzuki Museum
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    4.5
    432 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.

    A unique mirror pond. Words cannot describe the experience. You must go for it yourself. Much more to admire about the architecture of the buildings in the museum. People come here to contemplate and...

  • Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
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    4.5
    81 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...

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts
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    4.0
    100 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...

  • Kutaniyaki Art Museum
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    4.0
    51 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
    40 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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    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。

  • Kabokuen
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Suehiromachi Utatsuyama Park Uchi
    Utatsuyama Park is located a 15-minute drive from Kanazawa Station. In this garden situated inside the park, visitors can view some 8,000 azaleas gathered in one place. 12 varieties of azaleas have been planted in the garden, and when they come into bloom from mid-April to mid-May each year, large numbers of visitors come here to see the flowers.
  • Kutaniyaki Kamaato Tenjikan
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    4.0
    20 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.

    展示館の体験コース、見学コースと隣接する九谷焼のお土産さんがあって時間の関係で御茶碗と急須ののお土産のみ購入しました。値段の割に高品質で愛用しています。

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    155 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...

  • 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.
  • Motorcar Museum of Japan
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    2.5
    3 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.

    名前は恐らくレンジローバーから取ったのだと思います。ミュージアムショップ隣です。椅子や机、調度品からクラシックな雰囲気の漂うカフェ。

  • 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...

  • Ishikawa Zoo
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    4.0
    65 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...

  • Kaga-Honda Museum
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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.
  • Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice
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    4.5
    68 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...

  • 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。

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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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