Other Sightseeing 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.

    七福神山のほぼ真ん中にある石塔です。石材は赤戸室石で、火袋や火口があるので灯籠のようにも見えます。七福神山は福寿山とも称され、七福神に見立てた7つの自然の石が置かれています。

  • 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.
  • Nishida Family Garden (Gyokusen-en Garden)
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Koshomachi 8-3
    The garden of the 400 year old residence of a samurai family which served Kaga Domain. Built by the high-ranking Wakita family, the garden took 100 years to complete. The design of the two-tier, circular strolling garden with a pond is said to have been inspired by a painting of a three-tiered garden with waterfalls created by the Chinese Southern Song dynasty artist-monk Yujian. Notable for its undulating scenery, the garden encourages visitors to stroll around the central pond and take in the differing views which appear as one progresses.

    Happened upon this garden while touring the castle complex. A volunteer guide told us that the Maeda clan built it just for his family small but wonderful landscaping

  • Nishi Chaya District
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nomachi
    This area once flourished as a licensed chaya (traditional place of feasts and entertainment by geisha) district of the Kaga Clan and is still an area with Japanese restaurants and geisha houses lining the streets. It is located on the west side of “Saigawa River” in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The chaya style town houses with impressive lattices line the streets, and the atmosphere of traditional pleasure quarters refusing first-time customers without introduction remains. It is the town where the Taisho period novelist Seijiro Shimada, who wrote the best-selling novel “On the Ground” at the age of 20, spent his childhood. In the “Nishi-Chaya Museum,” visitors can see material on Seijiro Shimada and a reproduction of a Japanese style room of chaya.
  • Kazuemachi Chaya District
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kazuemachi
    The Chaya District near “Asanogawa-ohashi Bridge” in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture is also where the mansion of Toda Kazue Shigeie of the Kaga clan once stood. The area flourished as a pleasure quarter from the Meiji era to before the war and still today is a town of many town houses with latticed windows and cobblestones. There are a variety of Japanese restaurants and tea houses, as well as café bars reusing the old town houses and at dusk visitors can hear the sounds of shamisen coming from the houses. This is the town that became the stage of Hiroyuki Itsuki’s novel, and there are many spots related to the literary master Kyoka Izumi who was born in neighboring Shimoshin Town.
  • Ganko Bridge
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Kenrokumachi
    A bridge spanning Kasumigaike Pond, a pond in the center of the Kenrokuen which is also its largest. Made using 11 red Tomuro stone segments, its appearance was likened to that of geese flying in a line in the evening sky, hence its name, which literally means “geese flying in formation.” Made with the same stone used in the Nijibashi Bridge and for pedestals for statues in the garden, the bridge’s 11 Tomuro stone segments also resemble the pattern on a tortoise’ shell, and thus it is also known as “Tortoiseshell Bridge.” It was said that crossing the bridge would grant one long life, and in the past many visitors walked across its span; today, however, passage over the bridge is prohibited due to the extreme wear this has caused to the stone.

    兼六園のほぼ中央にある霞ヶ池。その東岸に唐崎松があり、さらに東に少しだけ進むと、水路に雁行橋が架かっていました。 この雁行橋は、11枚の六角形の石が続いているもので、雁が夕空に列をなして飛んでいく様をかたどったことから「雁行橋」という名がつきました石の一枚一枚は六角形をしていて、亀の甲の形をしていることから「亀甲橋」とも言われるそうです。現在は、渡ることができませんでした。

  • Sotobori Park (Hakuchoro)
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi
    A walking course which extends from Kanazawa Castle Park’s Ishikawa Gate toward the Otebori Moat. The course was created in 1984 to serve as a “path for the contemplation, water and greenery.” Sotobori Park is located where the moats of Kanazawa Castle originally were during the Edo period. Records state that they were filled in in the Meiji period and opened to the general public as a park. The park serves as a space where city residents and tourists can rest and relax, and in the spring visitors can take in cherry blossoms, while in the summer they can go firefly watching. This path is one of only a few spaces in the city where one can observe fireflies living in the wild. An event called the Firefly Spotting Nights by Hakuchoro Street is held in most years in early June, and during this time all are welcome to come and watch the fireflies, the only light being that of small lanterns placed on the ground.

    金沢城の東寄りを南北に結ぶ遊歩道です。大手堀近くには白鳥の像があります。もともとはお堀で水鳥がいたのが由来みたいですね。路の途中には金沢に関わりのある人物などのモニュメントもあり、歩いていて飽きない路でした。

  • Sunset Bridge Uchinada
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    Ishikawa Kahoku-gun Uchinadamachi Daigaku 1- Miyasaka
    This Uchinada Town landmark is also known as the Uchinada Bridge. The design of the 344-meter-long cable-stayed bridge was inspired by yukuzuri, a traditional technique and symbol of winter in the Hokuriku region in which ropes are arranged around trees to protect them from heavy snows. The elegant bridge is a sight to behold even in the daytime, but it is at night when visitors are particularly recommended to check it out. From sunset to 9:00 p. m., the bridge is lit up, wrapping the area in a romantic atmosphere. Because of its beauty, it is a perfect date destination, and the bridge has also been nominated for inclusion in the Lover’s Sanctuary Project as one of the most powerful love spots in the country.

    道の駅からのサンセットブリッジは風景が海側、山側最高の風景です今度サンセットパーク道の駅もリニューアルオープンしました、施設でこれから人が多くなると思います。

  • Taira Family Garden
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    Ishikawa Hakui-gun Shikamachi Machi 30-63
    A garden considered to represent Noto’s gardening culture. Members of the mighty Taira family once served as the headsmen of 13 villages under the direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate government. The family is said to have descended from the chief vassal of the Hatakeyama clan, whose members served as the governors of Noto Province, and they possessed a vast, 20,000-square-meter estate. This famous shoin-style garden was designed for enjoying the view of a central pond from the estate and was built in the mid-Edo period and bears aspects of both Muromachi period and Edo period gardening styles. One of the most celebrated private house Japanese gardens in the Noto area, it has been designated a Prefectural Place of Scenic Beauty due to its excellently preserved condition.

    この平家は、木曾義仲に敗れて、この地の落ち延びた平家の末裔。 能登国の守護畠山氏の重臣の一人、平式部大夫の子孫と伝えられ、江戸時代には天領の大庄屋を勤めた。屋敷から眺める池泉観賞式の書院庭園で、池泉と四季を通じて青苔に覆われた築山からなる枯淡静寂のたたずまいである。敷地は、南西から東南に面した鉤形になっており、現存する書院とともに、江戸中期における天領大庄屋時代の面影を偲ぶに足る格式を伝え、能登地...

  • Kyoka no Michi Street
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Hashibacho
    A lane following the Asano River from the foot of the Asanogawa Bridge along National Route 359 to the Tenjin Bridge. The 600-meter-long lane follows the river’s south bank, and there stand a statue and a monument of Taki no Shiraito, heroine of Kyoka Izumi’s famous play, “Giketsu Kyoketsu.” Izumi lived in Shimoshin-cho in the Kazue-machi Chayagai located on the south bank of the Asano River. The Tenjin Bridge, the lane’s endpoint, also appears in “Giketsu Kyoketsu.” Covered in the shade of the surrounding buildings for most of the day, the lane matches the literary mood of the Izumi, whose works of fiction took Japan by storm, and many literature and opera fans make their way here.

    主計町茶屋街近くで生まれた作家の泉鏡花にちなんで名がついた浅野川沿いの遊歩道です。天神橋がスタート地点になっています。歩道沿いには歌碑や銅像などがあります。天気のいい日には気持ちよく散策できる場所でした。

  • Ayatorihashi Bridge
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    Ishikawa kaga city Yamanaka Onsen river
    A 94.7 meter long bridge crossing the Daishoji River in the Yamanaka Onsen hot spring resort area in Kaga, Ishikawa. The bridge is characterized by its elegant wine red color and unique, S-curve shape. The bridge was designed to resemble a cat’s cradle (“ayatori” in Japanese) with the banks on either side serving as hands. The bridge was designed with the help of Hiroshi Teshigahara, the third head of the Sogetsu school of flower arranging. The view of the Kakusen-kei Valley from the bridge is the definition of picturesque scenery and the bridge is a popular destination as part of walking courses in the area for tourists. After sunset, the bridge is lit up, creating a fairy tale-like sight.
  • Old Fukura Lighthouse
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    Ishikawa Hakui-gun Shikamachi Fukurako
    This lighthouse stands on a precipitous cliff called known as Hiyoriyama. The lighthouse’ origins are said to stretch back to 1608 when a man called Hino Sukenobu who lived in Fukura would light bonfires at night to guide ships operating on the dark sea. The current, extant lighthouse was built in 1876. A stone-paved path leads to the lighthouse, and an old-fashioned atmosphere still hangs in the air over the nearby fishing port. The square, five-meter-tall, three-story wooden lighthouse is Japan’s oldest extant wooden lighthouse. The lighthouse is specially illuminated at night in the summer and winter.
  • Kurotani Bridge
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    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Yamanaka Onsen Higashimachi
    A stone arch bridge and the bridge furthest downstream in the Kakusen-kei Valley, the most beautiful valley in the Hokuriku region. Built in the early Showa period to replace a previous bridge, the forest-encircled structure mixes the old-fashioned with the modern. A wooden bridge previously spanned the gap here, and it is said in ancient times countless people crossed here and climbed over the pass beyond to reach the Natadera Temple and Komatsu. The surrounding area, filled with stunning rock formations and elegant waterfalls, is known as Kurotani; the late master poet Matsuo Basho also took a liking to the area and is said to have started singing here due to its beauty.
  • Rokuto no Hiromi
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Teramachi 5
    “Hiromi” are what the wide, open spaces dotting the streets of Kanazawa are called. It is said they were made to provide protection from fires long ago when the town was first being built up. The Rokuto no Hiromi is said to be the largest hiromi in the city and it sprawls in front of the Myoryuji Temple, famously nicknamed the “Ninja Temple. Located in an area where few tourists visit, this place allows one to imagine what the ancient townscape once looked like. It is also said to have been used in ceremonies to welcome and send off the national government’s traveling envoys in the Edo period, and to turn around coaches as part of a strategy to lure enemies in times of conflict.
  • Nakanohashi bridge
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi
    A wooden pedestrian bridge spanning the river downstream from the Asanogawa Bridge. The foundations are concrete, but the upper part of the bridge is made of wood and engenders an elegant atmosphere. The bridge also famously appears in Kanazawa-born author Kyoka Izumi’s celebrated novels: “Kecho” and “Teriha Kyogen.” At night, the bridge is lit up and many tourists strolling the Higashi Chaya District stop by here. In the past, one had to pay one (ichi) “mon” coin to cross the bridge, and thus it was also known as “Ichi Mon Bridge.”
  • Saisei no Michi Street
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi
    A path following the Sai River and Asano River often used as a walking course by local residents. The tree-lined lane, extending from the Saigawa Bridge to the next upstream bridge, the Sakura Bridge, July 1 to August 31 was named after Muro Saisei, counted as one of the three great literary masters of Kanazawa. Cherry trees grow along the 400-meter-long lane, and in spring when they come into bloom, many visitors come here to view the flowers.
  • Utatsuyama Bokodai Observatory
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Suehiromachi Utatsuyama Park Uchi
    An observatory situated 141 meters above sea level in Utatsuyama Park. From here, visitors can get a sweeping view of the homes of Kanazawa, roofed with shining black tiles; the Sea of Japan; and the Hakusan Mountains. At night, visitors can enjoy a nightscape dominated by the high rise hotels in front of Kanazawa Station, but be sure to also check out the night view from the Miharashidai observatory in the park, as well.
  • Yama no Tera Temple Meditation Path
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    Ishikawa Nanao-shi Kojimamachi Yamanotera
    This walking path connects 16 Buddhist temples known as the “Yama no Tera” (“Mountain Temples”) located in the hills, southwest of the city center. The two-kilometer-long path takes around an hour to walk, not counting any time spent visiting the temples along the way. The temples, of just about every Buddhist sect except Shin Buddhism, were originally erected by samurai general Maeda Toshiie in order to convert them into military bases when defending against attacks from the Okunoto area. Today, large numbers of people walk the bath and stop by its temples.
  • Kunimi Observatory
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    Ishikawa Hakusan-shi Chugu Hakusan Shirakawago White Road
    This observatory is located on the Ishikawa Prefecture side of the Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road. Situated 1,100 meters above sea level, it offers a fantastic view, and visitors can take in the sight of the White Road passing through the mountains and the city of Hakusan. Also a great place to view fall foliage, in autumn, visitors can savor scenery that is particularly stunning.
  • Koorogi Bridge
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Yamanakaonsenkorogimachi
    A bridge made entirely of hinoki cypress crossing the Daishoji River in the Yamanaka Onsen hot spring resort area in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The Kakusen-kei Valley, which extends from the Koorogi Bridge to the Kurotani Bridge downstream, is famous for its picturesque scenery, and visitors can enjoy seasonal beauty here, from fall foliage to fresh spring verdure. The Kakusen-kei Valley is furnished with a walking path and is a popular area for visitors to walk. There are a variety of theories as to the origin of the bridge’s name; one theory says that the area was once called “koro-gi” (dangerous path) due to its perilous nature, while another theory states that the name comes from the crickets (“koorogi” in Japanese) which sing in abundance in autumn.

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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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