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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

HOKURIKU SHINETSU Ishikawa From historical crafts to modern museums

Steeped in history, art, and natural beauty—and now more accessible than ever—Ishikawa Prefecture is one of Japan’s most enchanting destinations

Located on Honshu’s northern coast between the Sea of Japan and the Hakusan mountain range, Ishikawa offers sublime ocean views and stunning mountain vistas. Once ruled by the wealthy Kaga clan, the area became a thriving center for Japanese fine arts, including ceramics and lacquerware in the 17th century, and it remains one of the country’s most important artistic hubs. Today, traditional Japanese crafts coexist with the ultra-modern 21st Century of Contemporary Art. For a taste of Japan as it once was, stroll through the historical center of Kanazawa or relax in the hot springs of Kaga Onsen.

How to Get There

Ishikawa is accessible by bullet train from Tokyo, and JR limited express trains from Osaka, Kyoto and Nagoya. Two airports serve the prefecture, Komatsu Airport and Noto Satoyama Airport. Highway buses are an alternative transit option from most major cities.

To reach Kanazawa, take the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen—extended to Kanazawa in 2014—from Tokyo, or the JR Limited Express Thunderbird from Kyoto or Osaka. From Nagoya, take the JR Limited Express Shirasagi. Komatsu Airport, south of Kanazawa, is served by a host of domestic flights and a few international routes around Asia. Noto Airport in Wajima has flights from Tokyo Haneda Airport. Highway buses from Shinjuku Bus Terminal in Tokyo reach Kanazawa in around eight hours. There are highway buses to Kanazawa from most other major cities as well.

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    Strolling around the well-preserved historical center of Kanazawa
    Highly refined traditional Japanese crafts, including gold leaf and lacquerware
    Healing hot spring waters, elegant Japanese inns and the traditional bathhouses of Kaga Onsen's four villages
    The beautiful, rugged coastal scenery and fresh seafood of the Noto Peninsula

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  • Spring

    View over 400 blossoming cherry trees in Kanazawa's Kenroku-en garden and take in the spectacular Seihakusai Dekayama festival in the Noto Peninsula.

  • Summer

    Escape the heat with a hike in the Hakusan mountain range or enjoy the breezes along the coastline of Noto Peninsula. The vibrant Hyakumangoku festival in Kanazawa spans three days every June.

  • Autumn

    Changing foliage is everywhere in Ishikawa, but Kenroku-en garden in Kanazawa and the Kakusenkei gorge in Yamanaka Onsen are particularly picturesque.

  • Winter

    As Ishikawa is blanketed in snow, enjoy local winter delicacies like sake and snow crab. The Senmaida rice terraces in Wajima and Kenroku-en are illuminated in colorful displays.