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  • Higashi Chaya District
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Wajima Asaichi
    317 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Wajimashi Kawaimachi
    Located in Kawaimachi, Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, this is one of the largest morning markets in Japan and contains between 100 and 250 different stalls. It is said to have a history over 1,000 years old, and many of the sellers and customers are women. You’ll find fresh fish sold by women in the fishing village, locally raised vegetables, handicrafts sold by women of the neighborhood farmhouses, and more, and the energetic sale cries echo throughout the market. The morning market is open from 8 a.m. to noon and is closed for the first three days of the New Year as well as the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month.

    There is a convenient parking spot next to the market. We went early around 9am and there were many female vendors cleaning the fishes they were selling. It was very clean despite it is a fresh fish...

  • 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.
  • In-Air Observation Deck Skybird
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Suzu-shi Misakimachi Jike 10-11
    This observation tower is located within the grounds of the YoshigauraOnsen Lamp no Yado hot springs spa located in Jike, Misakimachi, Suzu City. This observatory is located on Cape Suzu at the tip of Noto Peninsula. The observatory itself is built out from the cliffs in midair for a spectacular view of the Sea of Japan. Non-overnight guests may enter for a fee.
  • Taira Family Garden
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    平家というのは徳川幕府の天領地十三カ村を支配した大庄屋。能登の名家の筆頭格です。 ただ、拝見した屋敷はそこまでの規模はなくて、むしろ暮らしやすそうな、どちらかと言えばつつましやかなもの。江戸時代中期に作られたという庭園は、客間の座敷からぐるりの縁越しに眺めるもの。軽やかで涼しげな印象です。

  • Old Fukura Lighthouse
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • Sotobori Park (Hakuchoro)
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.


  • 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.
  • Rokuto no Hiromi
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.”
  • Nishida Family Garden (Gyokusen-en Garden)
    61 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Dont confuse Gyokusen-Inmaru garden with Gyokusen-en Nishida Family Garden. We wanted to visit the former but Google took us to the latter. And here in TripAdvisor there are pictures of both when...

  • Saisei no Michi Street
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Toganokidai Parking Lot
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Hakusan-shi Chugu
    From this popular parking area, visitors can enjoy the beautiful contrast created in fall by snow-capped Mt. Haku and the surrounding autumn foliage. Since the parking area is located close to the border between Ishikawa Prefecture and Gifu Prefecture, the Fukubedani Gardens Observatory is also a 25-minute walk away. Surrounded by natural forest, the parking area is also a rare place where one can occasionally glimpse the cycle of renewal and see where large trees have fallen and new vegetation is rushing to fill its place.
  • Kunimi Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Hakusan-shi Chugu Hakusan Shirakawago White Road
    This parking area is one of several on the Ishikawa Prefecture side of the Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road. The adjoining observatory is situated 1,100 meters above sea level and offers a superb view of Mt. Haku and the White Road passing by its foot. The area is also a renowned destination for fall foliage viewing, and during the season visitors will be greeted by stunning scenery.
  • Ayatorihashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Koorogi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

Ishikawa Areas


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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