Travel / Tourism Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • Myoryu-ji Temple
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nomachi 1-2-12
    The Myoryu-ji Temple is a Nichiren Buddhist temple in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The Temple was founded by Maeda Toshitsune, the third lord of the Kaga Domain. Its complex defensive architecture, including many features designed to confuse attackers, led to it being nicknamed the “Ninja Temple.” The Temple interior is full of ingenious features such as offertory boxes and steps that hide pitfalls, hidden rooms, etc. What appears from the outside to be a two-storey building actually has four stories, with a total of 23 rooms. Tours can be booked in advance by telephone; it may be possible to book a place for the same day if there are any places vacant on that day’s tour.

    My hotel helped me book a tour in advance. Yes its a bit disappointing that they dont do an english tour but the printed book they hand out in exchange provides enough info. Its fun seeing all the...

  • Nomura Samurai Residence
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nagamachi 1-3-32
    A collection of buildings which once served as the residence of the Nomura samurai family during the era of Japan’s feudal domains. This popular tourist destination is located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa. Walking the stone paving and earthen walled alleys of the site, you’ll be able to get a taste of the life a samurai and his lady wife lived during the Edo period. The Nomura family served as regional administrators for generations; today, their home is open to the general public, and visitors can view fusuma screen paintings by the Kano school painter Sasaki Senkei, the interiors of buildings with glass and paper screen doors, tea rooms, and the family garden. Visited by great numbers of tourists from overseas as well, the residence is an internationally renowned sightseeing spot.

    Definitely take the time to explore the Nagamachi district and visit the Nomura house while you at there. Both the neighborhood and the house itself are fascinating.

  • Oyama-jinja Shrine
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Oyamamachi 11-1
    You’ll find this shrine in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The founder of the Kaga Clan, Maeda Toshiie, and his lawful wife Matsu are enshrined here. It was constructed in 1873, before which time the spirits were enshrined together in Utasu Hachimangu (the present Utatsu Shrine) at the foot of the Mt. Utatsu. The three-level shrine gate was built in 1875 and combines Japanese, Chinese, and Western styles. It has been designated an Important Cultural Property. Vibrant glass fills the third level, giving it an otherworldly appearance when illuminated at night.

    There are a lot of big garden sights in Kanazawa, itd be easy to skip the lovely Oyama Shrine and its gardens. The guilded frogs on the lily pads are worth a close look as our the gardens. Its...

  • 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.

    My ryokan host said this was his favourite museum. It’s a lively contemplative place where you can also sit and read special books. I loved its water pool. Very good English interpretations. Best...

  • Kanazawa Station Tourist Information Center
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kinoshimbomachi 1-1JR Kanazawa Station Campus
    The Kanazawa Station Tourist Information Center is located directly in front of the Shinkansen (bullet train) ticket gate inside Kanazawa Station. Besides providing tourist information for Kanazawa and other parts of Ishikawa Prefecture, the Center also offers a range of other services; it can help visitors to book hotel accommodation for that evening, arrange to have luggage sent to the hotel, loan umbrellas, wheelchairs, etc., and sell one-day bus passes for Kanazawa city buses, etc. One counter is staff by volunteers who can provide tourist information in English.

    Start your visit to Kanazawa here. Its not just the maps, the English counter will point out where you eat, catch the JR bus (if you have a pass) and what to do rain, snow or shine.

  • 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.

    This is a sea stone pagoda near Hisago-ike pond. There is also a small waterfall nearby. This small pagoda has an old and interesting history.

  • Shirayama Hime-jinja Shrine
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    125 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakusanshi Sannomiyamachi D 105-1
    Shirayama Hime-jinja Shrine is located in Sannomiya Town, Hakusan City. It is the head shrine of Hakusan Shrine worshiping the sacred Mt. Hakusan as the objects enshrined and its establishment is said to date back to 91 BC. The homotsukan (treasure house) stores valuable Important Cultural Properties including a short sword named Yoshimitsu which is a National Treasure and can be seen for a fee.

    The grounds of the shrine are so peaceful and the staircase leading up to the shrine is absolutely beautiful. I just went to pray and get a lucky charm, but I heard that you can also pay to enter the...

  • Nata-dera Temple
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    Ishikawa Pref. Komatsushi Natamachi Yu 122
    This is a temple of the Koyasan Shingon sect located in Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture. It is said that it was established by Taicho in 717. The ground of the temple is large and the nature is beautiful like a landscape painting. The temple is known as the enchanted land with unusual rocks and the main shrine is connected to a huge, rocky cave. It is the sacred place of “Iwa-ya Tainai Kuguri” where sins are purified and people are reborn. There are many buildings including the main shrine and the three-storied pagoda which are certified as important cultural assets of the country. It is also known as a famous sightseeing spot of leaves changing color in autumn. There are no railings on the roads or stairs in the premises, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended when visiting the site.

    We came here on a beautiful afternoon and was not disappointed with the temple and its surroundings. The map tht comes along with the admission fee is very useful to cover the full ground from...

  • Seisonkaku
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kenrokumachi 1-2
    Seisonkaku is a retreat which Nariyasu Maeda, the 13th lord of Kaga Province, built for his mother, Shinryuin, in 1863. It is located next to Kenroku-en Garden, a famous tourist place in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The building has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property and its garden as a National Place of Scenic Beauty. The two-storey building with a shingle roof features the Shoin-zukuri architectural style on the first floor and the Sukiya-zukuri architectural style on the second floor. The luxurious interior decorations, such as the Shoin-no-ma with its impressive purple walls and pastel ultramarine ceiling, as well as the drawing room with a beautiful colored ranma openwork screen are particular must sees.

    Well worth a visit when In Kenrokuen Garden. A two story traditional house with some unusual finishes with many rooms opening to a lovely garden where the sound of running water cools on a...

  • Roadside Station Noto Shokusai Ichiba
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Fuchumachi Outside 13-1
    With a fish theme, the Roadside Station Noto Shokusai Ichiba is located in Noto’s biggest fishing port—Nanao Port—and it is a wharf building packed with the charms of Noto including tourism guidance and restaurants, focusing particularly on the sale of specialty items from Noto and fresh fish from the morning’s catch. Right next to the ocean, you get a wide view of the peaceful waves in Nanao Bay. Approximately 18 minutes by car via Tatsuruhama Interchange on the Noto Satoyama Kaido.

    We decided to do the barbecue. We ordered one set with crab, shellfish, fish, etc, and could barely finish it between the two of us. We had fun grilling. Also we saw a live deep-sea fish that was for...

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
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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...

  • Kaikaro Teahouse
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    157 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-14-8
    Kaikaro while being located in the middle of Kanazawa Higashi Chaya District, it is the biggest tea house in Kanazawa. In the evening, it maintains the custom of “Ichigensan Okotowari” (meaning to “refuse first-time customers”), but during the day it is possible to take a tour of the building. You can enjoy the vermillion lacquered walls and furnishings which are unique to Kanazawa’s teahouses. Again, at the Kaikaro Cafe where they are particular about their ingredients, you can taste high quality sweets. The “Enyukai” event is held several times a year—you can experience tea house entertainment and Kaga cuisine at this event which is also open to the general public.

    Its a small area, but its also quite mysterious with so much history. Everything is well kept.. from restaurants to cafes to souvenir shops etc.. I went there twice..

  • Motorcar Museum of Japan
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    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...

  • Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum
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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).

  • Keta Taisha Shrine
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    127 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakuishi Jikemachi Cook 1-1
    The Keta Taisha Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Jike Town, Hakui City. The Shrine, which is dedicated to the worship of the Shinto deity Okuninushi-no-mikoto, is said to have been built around 2,000 years ago. The sacred grove in which the Inner Shrine is situated is known as the “Forbidden Forest,” and has been designated as a National Natural Monument (note that there is no admission to the Forest).

    A lot of shrines have forested areas, but they’re often quite manicured. Keta Shrine was like it was made with the forest in mind. Some parts were downright Ghibli-ish, especially the torii that led...

  • Higashi Chaya District
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama
    The Chaya District is a usual sightseeing spot in Kanazawa, selected as a Japanese National Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings, and once a bustling entertainment area certified by the Kaga clan. It is located on the east bank of the Asano River in Higashiyama, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The old-fashioned town remains and along the main street and back alleys there are old town shops characterized by a lattice called “kimusuko”. Many of the stores currently are Japanese restaurants offering Japanese cuisine. In the evenings guests can hear the sound of the shamisen and taiko (Japanese traditional drums) coming from the houses, and feel elegant Japanese culture.
  • 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.

    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...

  • Kanazawashi Ashigaru Museum
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nagamachi 1-9-3
    A museum located in Nagamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture which displays materials related to the life and work of “ashigaru,” common foot soldiers who existed during the era of Japan’s feudal domains. The museum consists of two wood longhouses used as ashigaru barracks which were moved to this site. The hedge, trees and other plants, and distinctive roof with stones placed on top all replicate how the facility would have looked when used to house ashigaru. Inside, visitors will find exhibits presenting life goods and furnishings used at the time, providing a glimpse into the foods ashigaru ate, the side work they engaged in to occupy their time, and other aspects of their everyday life.

    I walked around the Nagamachi (samurai) district and found three other houses that were open to the public free of charge which I enjoyed much more than the Nomura Samurai house. One of them was the...

  • 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.

    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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    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...

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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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