Travel / Tourism Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • 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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    665 Reviews
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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.

    金沢を代表する神社の一つであるが、建立自体は明治時代と比較的新しい。社殿などの境内の建立物は典型的だが慎ましい雰囲気の漂うが、この神社の最も特徴的な建物が擬洋風建築の神門だろう。門の上に配置されている搭にはめ込まれたステンドグラスは良く目立ち、観光客の写真撮影スポットの一つとして今も尚人気が高い。一方で門を形作る煉瓦は、まるで中国の楼閣のようであり、それでも神社内の建物として違和感なく、また主張し...

  • Kanazawa Station Tourist Information Center
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    316 Reviews
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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.

  • D.T. Suzuki Museum
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    4.5
    440 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.

    This is a small but very elegant museum dedicated to the life and work of Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki. He introduced Zen Buddhism to the west. It is not a big museum and you can not see much. But...

  • 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.

    Inside the Kenrokuen garden, we came across a large bronze statue of a legendary prince. This is the Meiji monument dedicated to the soldiers who died in the Seinan war following the Meiji...

  • Nata-dera Temple
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    218 Reviews
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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...

  • Ochaya Shima (National Important Cultural Property )
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    308 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-13-21
    Kanazawa Higashi-rou Shima was built in 1820 in the Kanazawa Higashi Chaya District, and the building to this day hasn’t been altered and remains as it was during the Edo period. It is highly valuable as cultural heritage and has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. The guest rooms on the second floor are structured for the purpose of merrymaking: if the guests sit with their backs to the alcove, the front becomes an anteroom, and it is designed that one can enjoy dancing and artistic accompaniment if the fusuma (Japanese sliding screens) are opened. You can have traditional Kanazawa sweets together with green tea in the tearoom, “Kanson-an”.

    Interesting little museum in former geisha house. They have articles used by the geishas— guitars, drums, hair pins, tip bags. I think it was 500-550 yen, and the museum will take you 15-20...

  • Roadside Station Noto Shokusai Ichiba
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    199 Reviews
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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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    168 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...

  • Wajima Kiriko Art Museum
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    176 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Marintown 6-1
    A museum located inside Marine Town in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture which presents traditional kiriko votive lanterns from the Noto area. During festivals in summer and fall, shrine parishioners in every town in the area carry kiriko lanterns; the largest can rival four story buildings in size. Some 30 giant kiriko lanterns stand within the hall; traditional festival music plays inside the museum, and lighting is used to recreate the atmospheres of festivals being held during the day, at dusk, and in the evening. The viewing deck on the third floor gives a sweeping view of Wajima Port. The museum also has a shop selling original merchandise.

    This museum is off the beaten path, but it is well worth finding it and investing an hour or so wandering through the amazing lanterns. The price is affordable, about JPY600/person, and colors and...

  • Keta Taisha Shrine
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    137 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...

  • Chirihama Beach Driveway
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    Ishikawa Prefecture Hakui
    Chirihama Beach Driveway is a tourist highway that extends for approximately 8 km along sandy beach from Imahama, Hodatsushimizu-cho, Hakui District, in Ishikawa Prefecture to Chirihama Town. The sand has been compacted so hard by the action of the waves that it is as hard as a surfaced road, making it possible for cars and buses to drive along the beach; it is the only beach driveway of its kind in Japan. In summer, many tourists visit the area to relax at the beach or go shellfish-gathering. In TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards for the Best Beaches in the World, Chirihama Beach ranked number one within Japan.
  • Seisonkaku
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    204 Reviews
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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...

  • Ishikawa Aviation Plaza
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    147 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.

    実物の飛行機見学や子供用遊具の使用が全て無料で楽しめます。 自衛隊好きには売店もおススメです。小松基地に関するTシャツやカレーなども販売してます。 You can visit the airplanes and use the childrens playground equipment, all free of charge. For Self-Defense Forces...

  • 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.
  • Kaga Traditional Handicrafts Village Yunokuni no Mori
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    118 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Prefecture Komatsu City Awazu Onsen Na -3-3
    An amusement park roughly 1,000,000 square meters in size, Kaga Traditional Handicrafts Village Yunokuni no Mori is a place expressing the beautiful mystique of an old house merged with nature, and one where you can see, touch, and make traditional crafts of Hokuriku Kaga. With 11 buildings, over 50 types of experiences, and many art museums and galleries, this park provides many courses for walking through the forest. You can try out things like wajima lacquering, yuzen dyeing, kutaniyaki (pottery), yamanaka lacquering, gold leaf pasting. Approximately 20 minutes by car via Katayamazu Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.

    A traditional handicraft village featuring thatched-roofed houses. Each house have arts and crafts. People can use and learn the techniques.

  • Le Musée de H Museum of Tsujiguchi Hironobu
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    131 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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    143 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).

  • Cosmo Isle Hakui
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    88 Reviews
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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.

    This is a really fun thing to do if you are in the Hakui area. It is not expensive with an 800JPY entrance fee. No guided tour but a walk through to see actual historical Soviet aerospace items along...

  • Komatsu Green Park
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    97 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Komatsu-shi Komatsunomori 1
    "A one-minute walk from the east exit of JR Komatsu Station, this hands-on museum was built on the site of a former factory of Komatsu, a construction machinery manufacturer. Visitors can learn about Komatsu's 100-year history and the mechanisms and technologies of construction machinery through hands-on experience. Visitors can also get hands-on experience with construction equipment, such as riding in the driver's seat of the ""930E"" super-large dump truck and the ""PC4000"" hydraulic excavator, as well as operating a mini excavator for children. At ""Genki Satoyama"", a recreation of a satoyama (woodlands close to the village) in the Kaga region, visitors can observe a wide variety of plants and living things. Admission is free."

    A wood and park run by the Komatsu company, maker of construction vehicles, mainly diggers. The wood is fairly big, narrow but a nice walk, and the park is quite large. The main attraction is a giant...

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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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