Nature Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • 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.
  • Shishiku Highland
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakusanshi Yawatamachi Re 110
    These highlands are situated in Yahatamachi, Hakusan City. These highlands are famous all over Japan for flight sports like paragliding and hang-gliding. An aerial gondola takes one up to the elevation of 600m from which a panoramic view of the Sea of Japan can be seen.

    You can access the Shishiku Highlands by Gondola (700 yen return), and I heard there is also a hiking trail to the top as well. At the top theres a fantastic view of the plains, all the way to the...

  • Noto Peninsula
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa ken Pensionu County
    A long, narrow peninsula jutting north from the near center of the Hokuriku region. The coastline, surrounding the peninsula on three sides, is diverse, from the jagged rock formations of Noto Kongo formed by crashing waves; to the Chirihama Nagisa Driveway, a beach area on which you can drive a car. Another one of the peninsula's appeals is the local liquors and cuisine made with ingredients from the area's rich farms and abundant sea. The Wajima Morning Market is particularly famous, but some of the area's many other unique highlights include the Shiroyone Senmaida Rice Terraces, selected as one of the 100 most beautiful terraced rice fields in Japan; and the majestic Kiriko Festival, registered as in the Japan Heritage program. If traveling by plane, the peninsula is around one hour from Haneda Airport.
  • Neagari-matsu
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Kenrokumachi
    This black pine tree is one of the Kenrokuen garden’s famous sights. Its name literally means “rising root pine,” and the 15-meter tall tree combined with its 40 roots of varying sizes rising as much as two meters off the ground is a stunning sight to behold. According to records, Maeda Nariyasu, the 13th lord of Kaga Domain, originally piled up a mound of earth and planted the tree on top of it; as such, its roots were originally covered by soil, but as it grew the roots became exposed. Also serving as the derivation of the former town of Neagari, in 1978 it was designated the town’s first Cultural Property. Today, a cedar bark-lined path passes by the tree, and many visitors strolling the garden take a moment to stop and admire the view.

    Neagarimatsu is another type of prominent pine trees found in Kenrokuen. We saw these old pine trees with big exposed roots near the Karasaki pine trees. Apparently, when growing these pine trees...

  • Cape Suzu (the Sacred Cape)
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    Ishikawa Pref. Suzushi Misakimachi Jike 10-11
    A cape situated at the tip of the Noto Peninsula in Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The cape also appears in the “Kunibiki shinwa,” a tale in the ancient Izumo no kuni fudoki, which records various legends about the Izumo region. Viewed as one of the top three mystical “power spots” in Japan, the cape is visited by large numbers of tourists. Highlights include the “Skybird” observation platform, which juts out into open air and offers a sweeping view of the Sea of Japan; and the mysterious Blue Cavern, a flooded cave with waters that appear to be dyed a deep, cobalt blue.
  • Shibayama Lagoon
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Ushiodumachi A place
    "This lagoon is located in northern Kaga City. Together with Lake Kibagata and Imaegata Lagoon, which has since been entirely reclaimed, it is one of the ""Three Lakes of Kaga."" There is a massive fountain in center of the lagoon that shoots water 70 meters into the air ten times per day. Visitors can enjoy seeing it illuminated it at night or viewing it up-close from the house boat that cruises the lake. There is also a hot spring, Katayamazu Onsen, located on the lakeshore."
  • Tarumi Falls
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    Ishikawa Pref. Suzushi Mauramachi
    This waterfall is situated along the National Route No. 249 in Sosogi, Machinomachi, Wajima City. This approximately 35m high waterfall tumbles down directly into the Sea of Japan. Called also the Fukiagenotaki, at times the water from the fall is blown up and into the winds from the rough seas.
  • Tedori Canyon
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakusanshi Kamashimizumachi
    This gorge cuts through a natural ravine from Kamashimizumachi to Kawarayamamachi in Hakusan City. Formed along approximately 8 km of the Tedori River, visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the vertical cliffs on both sides of this river and the Wataga Waterfall, and the Komon and Furo Bridges are both scenic overlooks spots.
  • Ubagataki Falls
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    Ishikawa Pref. Hakusanshi Chugu Hakusan Shirakawago White Road inside
    This waterfall is situated in Chugu, Hakusan City. A walking path from the Jadani Gardens along the Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road leads to this waterfall. The falls were named for the similitude of the strands of water that tumble down the rock surface to that of the white hair of an aged woman. This waterfall is designated as one of Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls.
  • Blue Cave
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    Ishikawa Pref. Suzushi Misakimachi Jike 10-11
  • Uchinada Sand Dunes
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    Ishikawa Kahoku-gun Uchinadamachi
    This sand dunes extend from Awagasaki-machi, Kanazawa City northward to Unoke, Kahoku City. About one kilometer wide, they run along the Japan Sea Coast, a succession of transverse dunes about 20 meters high. Uchinada Town has become a bedroom community for Kanazawa, but the region was formerly used as a firing range by the U. S. military. It is also known for the disputes that local residents opposed to the firing range and their supporters had with the police. Nowadays, it has become a place for marine sports and surf casting, and it attracts crowds of visitors in the summer. Parts of the sand dunes are used for farm fields and rice paddies, and Unoke is famous for throughout Japan for its unique Prefectural Sand Dune Agriculture Experiment Station.
  • Nie Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Suzu-shi Shimizumachi
    This coast features an extensive scenic rocky landscape that has been selected as having one of Japan Sunset Best 100. The appearance of the sun sinking into the sea is something worth seeing. One feature of the terrain is Mackerel Tail Rock, due to its shape. It is the only place in Japan where the method of producing salt by evaporating sea water has been practiced continuously for 500 years.
  • Kinoura Coast (Kinoura Marine Park)
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    Ishikawa Suzu-shi Oritomachi Kinoura
    This coast has been designated as a special region of a Quasi-national Park, due to the abundance and variety of its marine animals and plants. The water is especially clear, even for this area, and it is a well-known spot for both diving and fishing. The prefecture-owned vacation village features a swimming beach, a campground, a park, and an observation deck.
  • Mitsuke Coast
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    Ishikawa Suzu-shi Horyumachi Ukai
    The island of Mitsukejima, which lies at the tip of this coastline, has been nicknamed “Battleship Island,” due to its unique shape. Another of its names, Enmusu Beach, is a pun on “enmusubi,” or getting engaged, so it is a favorite spot for lovers. The island is illuminated at night, making it look romantic. A swimming beach and campground are open in the summer.
  • Aramata Gorge
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    Ishikawa Komatsu-shi Akazemachi
    This gorge is a scenic area, counted as one of the “eight vistas of Kano,” located in the middle section of the Osugidanikawa River. About 400 meters of footpaths have been laid out in the area, allowing visitors to sense the beauty of nature throughout all four seasons. It is said to be a superb place for viewing autumn leaves, and tourists flock here when the maples and oaks are at their peak colors around November every year.
  • Akachi Falls
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    Ishikawa Hakusan-shi
    This waterfall is the second which can be seen along the Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road from the Ishikawa Prefecture side. The waterfall’s name translates literally to “red stone,” a name it was given long ago when people were mining for gold in the area and discovered lumps of red rock clinging to the boulders. When the river’s water level is high, the fall’s stream splits into three rivulets resembling the strings of a shamisen, and thus it is also known as “Shamisen Falls.”
  • Kamasoko Waterfall
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Hakusan-shi
    This waterfall is the third which can be seen along the Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road from the Ishikawa Prefecture side. Its name literally translates to “rock bottom,” a name it was given because of its “bottomless” pool at the top of the falls deep enough to engulf a large tree. The falls look spectacular in spring when the fresh new leaves have emerged and the river’s water level is high, but it is also quite beautiful during the fall foliage season.
  • Kamoshika Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Hakusan-shi
  • Nishiho Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Wajima-shi Unyumachi
    This 12-kilometer-long stretch of coastline runs parallel to Prefectural Route 38 from urban Wajima City west to Kamiozawa-machi. Formed via erosion caused by the stormy Sea of Japan and salty wind, some of the many points of interest along the coast include the alligator-shaped Wanigafuchi pool and elephant's nose-shaped Zozobana rock. Observatories have been built in several places along the coast, further enhancing the ease with which visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery. Japanese camellias, Japanese cheesewood, and other evergreen broadleaf plants grow on the slopes of the coast. Tunnels of Japanese zelkova and magaki brush fences to protect homes from strong windows can be seen along the coast, and the area is notable for its superb and little-known scenery.
  • Hegurajima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Wajima-shi Amamachi Hegurajima
    "This small island, around five kilometers in circumference, is located some 48 kilometers north of the Noto Peninsula. The island is perfectly positioned as a way station for birds migrating between the Chinese mainland and the Japanese archipelago, and over 350 species of wild birds have been confirmed on the island. Rare species from the Chinese mainland can also be seen here, and it has become a mecca for birdwatchers. Because of the influence of the Tsushima Current around the island as well as the continental shelf, it is also boasts superb fishing grounds. The island is thus also known as ""Ama (Female Diver) Island"" due to the abundance of abalone, wakame seaweed, and similar seafoods which can be gathered here. There are many points of interest on the island, including the Shirasuna Shell Mound on the southwestern tip of the island, numerous shrines, and rock cairns."

Ishikawa Areas

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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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