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  • Kutaniyaki Art Museum
    51 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Daishoujijikatamachi 1 -10-13
    Kutaniyaki Art Museum is a museum in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture that is dedicated to Kutani-ware porcelain. The first floor of the Museum has exhibition rooms with masterpieces of Kutani-ware on display; the second floor has a tearoom and a multi-function event space that can be used for lectures, concerts, formal tea parties, etc. As the Museum is located within Ko-kutani-no-mori Oyamizu Park, it is a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful flowers and greenery of the park, which change with the seasons.

    My daughter and I visited the museum and had a personalized tour in Japanese. I was quite fortunate since my daughter was able to translate it to English. It was very interesting to learn about the...

  • Yamanaka Onsen Soyu Kiku-no-yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Yamanakaonsenyunodemachi Le 1
    The Yamanaka Onsen, located in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture, is a hot springs area with a history going back 1,300 years. The poet Matsuo Basho, who visited the hot springs during the journey that he described in “Oku no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North),” was so impressed by the smooth-feeling water of the springs, which is warm without being excessively hot, that he wrote a Haiku poem in praise of them, in which he suggested that “Bathing in these waters should in itself be sufficient to ensure long life.” The Souyu Kiku-no-yu baths take their Japanese name from this poem; these baths have remained consistently popular since they were first developed. The men’s baths and women’s baths are located in separate, matching buildings.
  • Kaga Yamashiro Onsen Ko-Soyu (Old Public Bathhouse)
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Yamashironsen 18-128
    Located in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Kaga Yamashiro Onsen Ko-Soyu (Old Public Bathhouse) is an experiential-type museum where visitors can experience and enjoy the history and culture of Japan’s onsen (hot springs) tradition. It recreates an example of the “Soyu” public baths that were common in onsen areas in Japan during the Edo period. Besides admiring the authentic external and internal decor, visitors can also experience the traditional “Yuami” method of hot springs bathing, which involved simply soaking in the waters of the hot springs. The stained glass inside the bathhouse and the Kutani-ware wall- and floor-tiles faithfully recreate what this type of public bathhouse looked like in the past. Let’s enjoy the onsen tradition along with the historical atmosphere of the nearby streets with their shops and Ryokan inns known as the “Yu-no-gawa.”
  • Ishikawa Aviation Plaza
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    こちらの石川県立航空プラザ カフェは、名前の通り航空プラザの中に入っているカフェです。カフェといっても想像するようなカフェではなくて、お洒落でもなんでもないです、ちょっとしたスペースに椅子とテーブルがあるといった感じです。ちょっと休憩のためにと割り切って、一息のためのスペースです。

  • Yamashiro Onsen Tourism Association
    52 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Yamashironsen 18-28
    "This is one of the ""Michibanya"" located on Kita-Odori Street providing not only road directions but also local information such as sightseeing spots of Yamashiro Onsen, recommended shops and food. Umbrellas are also lent out free of charge. They assist visitors in finding hot spring inns suited to each individual schedule and budget, and also accept same day accommodation reservations. Sightseeing information regarding seasonal events such as the ""Crab Eating Festival"", held when the crab fishing season is opened, and the ""Omoshiro Yamashiro Summer Festival"" is also provided. Guides are also available (reservations required)."

    A great way to experience genuine Japanese hospitality in a Ryokan hotel. We came here with my folks dear Japanese friends who booked this hotel. A Ryokan hotel is a traditional Japanese...

  • Kappo Shintoku
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Tajirimachi Hamayama 2-11
    Kassen Shintoku is a seafood restaurant under the direct ownership of Maruya Seafood, located a ten-minute drive from the Katayamazu Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway in the city of Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture. In addition to seafood rice bowl, sashimi set meal, and tempura set meal, customers can enjoy cuisine made from special local seafood, such as sea bass and Alaskan pink shrimp. The restaurant serves cuisine appropriate for each season: Shabushabu (stew) made with fresh wakame seaweed in the spring, natural oysters in the summer, and Kamameshi (rice dish cooked in a small pot) and sashimi made with snow crabs and queen crabs in the winter. The adjacent seafood store sells fish that customers can select, and the restaurant will prepare the fish they choose any way they specify.


  • Komatsu Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Komatsushi Marunouchimachi
    The Komatsu Castle Ruins are located just a short walk from Komatsu Station on the JR Hokuriku Line in the city of Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture. Thought to be a castle originally built during the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Uprising, it was overcome by Oda Nobunaga's forces and subsequently became the residence of the military leader Murakami Yorikatsu. In 1639 it underwent major remodeling, so that it was nearly a new castle, and became a sort of retirement home for the daimyo Maeda Toshitsune. Only the Unagibashi-gomon Gate, which became the gate of Raishoji Temple, and the main tower base and stone walls on the grounds of the present-day Komatsu Prefectural High School remain standing today. Ongoing excavations have turned up further traces, including stone walls and tiles.
  • Mugen-an
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Yamanakaonsenshimotanimachi 6
    Mugen-an is a historical structure located a twenty-minute drive from JR Kaga Onsen Station in the city of Kaga. It is a study room built by Yokoyama Akira, a member of a branch of the Yokoyama clan, who were retainers of the daimyo in Kanazawa. He is said to have built it on the occasion of his son's wedding. It is said to have been built in the late Meiji period and with carvings in various places, it is an excellent example of the capabilities of wood construction in that era. It contains displays, open to the public, of old examples of various arts and crafts, including fans painted by Ogata Korin, Kutani-yaki ceramics, and Kaga-makie gold and silver imbued lacquerware.

    11月の25日、紅葉が素敵と聞き、再度伺いました。屋敷周囲や玄関脇の「ドウダンツツジ」が見事に、黄色-深紅に色ずきその紅葉の素晴らしさ。例の様に玄関で大きな「ドラ」を叩いて、案内の女性に一通り室内の案内を受けた後、部屋から「こおろぎ橋」を見下ろしながら紅葉を楽しみ「抹茶」頂くのは格別でした。 外に出て、内庭の紅葉や、下の川沿いの茶室まで降りて「もみじ」の紅葉も素晴らしかったです。 ちなみに、入館料...

  • Shibayama Lagoon
    Travel / Tourism
    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."
  • Kutani Ceramic Art Village
    Ishikawa Pref. Nomishi Izumidaimachi Minami 22
    The Toraya Gotemba Store is a directly managed store at the foot of Mt. Fuji. This shop is adjacent to the primary confectionery production factory of the long-establish Toraya wagashi confectionery and is located about a nine minute walk from the Hakone Otomeguchi of the Gotemba Station on the JR Gotemba Line, or approximately a three minute drive from the first Exit of the Gotemba Interchange on the Tokaido Expressway. The seasonal yokan set depicting the various seasons of Mt. Fuji, called Shiki-no-Fuji, is a specialty product only sold at the Gotemba shop located here at the foot of Mt Fuji. In the adjoining tearoom, Toraya Kashiryo, one can enjoy the sweet flavor of the local products, such as the Anmitsu dessert made from the sencha teas from the Gotemba locale.
  • Kibagata Park
    25 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Komatsushi Sandanimachi Ra Nobe 58
    Approximately just 25-minute drive from the Komatsu Interchange, and 30-minute drive from the Kaga Interchange, this municipal park, characterized by grounds extended into all for polar directions, seems to surround Kibagata Lake that is the only geography to remain historically untouched in Ishikawa Prefecture. On the east of the lake, the Kibagata Central Park area is the most expansive portion of the park, however a walking path along which over 1,300 cherry trees are planted for their beautiful blossoms in April. Around this time, the Kibagata Park Sakura Festival, which hosts various performances and walkathons, and the cherry blossoms are illuminated for a two-week period.


  • abio city Kaga
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Sakumimachi 25-1
  • Yamashiro Onsen Spa
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Yamashironsen Banshouendori 2-1
    A public bathhouse located next to Yakuoin Onsenji Temple in Banshoendori, Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga City. The baths are fed by a simple mixed undiluted sodium calcium sulfate chloride spring. The spa operates out of the former Yoshinoya Ryokan Inn and with the nearby Kosoyu Public Bathhouse form the heart of the hot spring village.
  • Kaga City Art Museum
    8 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Sakumimachi Ri 1-4
    An art museum located in the business district in front of Kagaonsen Station. The museum was established to serve as a tourist and culture information center, community gathering space, and central hub for introducing people to the arts and crafts of Kaga City. A large number of works by artists connected to Kaga City are gathered in its four exhibition spaces, and the museum displays crafts, paintings, and a wide array of other art pieces. Also functioning as a space for art and culture activities for local residents, the museum holds a variety of special exhibitions throughout the year.


  • Banshoen Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Yamashiro Onsen
    A park overlooking Yamashiro Onsen, the foremost hot spring district in the Hokuriku region and also known as “Yunogawa.” The Banshoen Sazaedo, a unique, spiral-shaped observatory resembling a turban shell, stands on a small, lush hill in the park. From the observatory, visitors can get a sweeping view of Kiba Lagoon, Shibayama Lagoon, the Hakusan Mountains, and even the distant Sea of Japan. Stone Buddhist statues stand along a nature trail extending away from the Sazaedo, its gently undulating curves ending behind the Yakuoin Onsenji Temple. There are many steps and hills in the park, but the park provides bamboo canes created by a local volunteer group, helping everyone to enjoy a pleasant walk on its grounds.
  • Kutani Bitoen
    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Yamashiro Onsen 16-71
    A Kutani ware studio which boasts over a century of history, having been established in 1914. Located a kilometer from Yamashiro Onsen’s Soyu, the studio displays and sells over 300 examples of Kutani ware in an old-fashioned Japanese estate. Carrying everything from steal pieces by traditional Kutani ware masters to items perfect for modern, everyday use, here anyone can come and experience the beauty and long history of Kutani ware. The studio also deals in Kinrande gold-painted porcelain, notably purchased by retired Emperor Akihito; Ko-Kutani old Kutani ware; Yoshidaya Kutani ware; and Meiji period Tianqiko-sometsuke and ko-akae porcelain from China.
  • Reneishodo
    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Yamashiro Onsen 18-116
    A long-standing Japanese confectionary shop established in 1819. The shop continues to make neri yokan jelly, Yamashiro Onsen’s signature confection. The shop’s neri yokan bears the innate flavor of sweet adzuki beans and is made with just adzuki, kanten algae gelatin, and sugar. The exquisite confections are the combination of a homemade Hokkaido adzuki bean paste, highly refined crystalized sugar, and natural kanten. Its simplicity means its flavor is pure, and the use of high quality, healthy ingredients means it’s safe to eat as well. The jelly makes a perfect souvenir of your trip to Yamashiro Onsen as well as an excellent gift.
  • Yunokuni Tensyo Garden Pool
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Yamashiro Onsen 19-49-1
    A bathhouse with three large tubs and a hotel where you can enjoy the unique cuisine of Kaga’s Yamashiro Onsen. The outdoor Garden Pool, only open in the summer, is a place where the whole family can enjoy the resort life. There’s a circular kiddy pool, the Niagara garden pool, and a 150-meter-long water slide, and during swimming season this area bustles with families. Guests can use the pools for free, but the hotel also offers day-use plans which include both pool and bathhouse access (advance reservation required). While the pools are open, there’s also a special games corner, bingo competitions, taiko drum shows, and a variety of other events.
  • Marufuku
    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Yamashironsen Onsen Dori 48
    A Japanese confectionary shop standing at the entrance to the Yamashiro Onsen hot spring district. The shop has continued to make simple and inviting treats by hand for over 80 years. The shop’s most popular product is its thick and heavy Kurikko buns, which consist of sweet white bean jam and a whole candied chestnut wrapped in a chewy, cookie-like dough. Going perfectly with a strong cup of tea, these exquisite gems are beloved by everyone from children to senior citizens. Customers also love the shop’s plump and tasty Onsen Manju buns made with water straight from a hot spring in Yamashiro Onsen and kurozato brown sugar from Okinawa.
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Yamashironsen Onsen Dori 31-4
    This orthodox bar operates out of a renovated building originally used as a bank. Depending on the time of day, customers can enjoy two different atmospheres – during the day, the establishment is a jazz cafe; at night, it turns into a cocktail bar. A dignified and mature atmosphere hangs in the air, and on weekends customers can enjoy a beverage along with live music performed on the bar’s grand piano. A gallery adjoins the establishment on the same floor, and visitors can view the art on display whenever the bar is open. The original cocktails crafted by the bar’s master, a member of both the Nippon Bartenders Association and the International Bartenders Association, are exceptionally delicious.

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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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