Street Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • 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.
  • 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.

    金沢城の東側にある外濠公園の素敵な散策路。 外濠公園は藩政時代に金沢城の堀であったものを埋め立てて、市民に公園として開放した公園とのこと。 前田利家像の場所から大手門の方に向かう際に通りました。 道沿いには徳田秋声、室生犀星、泉鏡花の文豪像や白鳥像や色んな美術作品の像がありました。 自然いっぱいの散策路で静かな雰囲気でした。 枝垂れ桜とかも見えたので春は花の美しい場所ですね。ホタルが生息する場...

  • Kazuemachi Chaya District
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Nishi Chaya District
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kuragari-zaka and Akari-zaka
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Shimoshinchou - Main town
    The two sloping roads stretching parallel from “Kazuemachi,” the chaya district of Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, are also a tourist attraction of Kanazawa. Both the narrow roads, which are shaded and dark even during daytime, are spots where visitors can feel the unique atmosphere of a back alley of the chaya district. It is said that the Kuragari-zaka used to be a way for wealthy shop owners to get to the entertainment district to avoid being seen. Akari-zaka was named by the writer Hiroyuki Itsuki, at the request of local residents and there is a column on which his words are engraved.
  • Ipponsugi Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Ipponsugimachi
    A perfectly straight street located in Nanao City in the center of the Noto Peninsula which has existed for over 600 years. The street extends from the Sentai Bridge, a crimson-railed bridge spanning the Misogi River in front of Nanao Station, to the Kotoku-ji Temple. 450 meters in length, around 50 establishments stand side by side along the street. Many of the ancient buildings situated along its length are townhomes with hipped roofs, several of which are registered Cultural Properties. Every spring, a fair, the only one of its kind, is held here to celebrate traditional bridal noren curtains, a local custom. Several of the establishments operating on the street also participate in a tourist information program and on request can tell you about not just their wares but also the history and culture of the area, and the street has gained fame for the friendly, interactive sightseeing that can be enjoyed here.
  • W Zaka
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Kiyokawamachi‧Teramachi 3-chome‧5-chome
  • Iida no Morning Market
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Suzu-shi
  • Hamaguri Zaka
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Teramachi 5-chome
  • Hyakukenhoridori Hyakumansekidori
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kenrokumachi

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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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