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.
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.
Hakusan katatofu is rich in soybean flavor and contains less water than most tofu, which makes it much firmer.
Kutani yaki dates back to the 17th century, when porcelain clay was discovered locally. This style of pottery is reno...
No one can quite agree on where the name for this stewed dish originates, but that doesnt mean its not delicious. Thi...
A preserved winter sushi, made from salted amberjack and turnips that are pickled in a sweet sake. Traditionally eate...
Kaga yasai are local vegetables cultivated in a traditional manner, not produced for the modern marketplace. There ar...
There are two types of lacquer in this region. The original technique has Yamanaka craftsmen using wood lathes to cre...
Kanazawa shikki evolved thanks to the patronage of feudal lords. The regions military heritage of lacquering military...
Kaga Dyed Silk
Kaga yuzen uses dyeing techniques that date back to the mid-15th century. Decorated in a pictorial realism style, com...
View over 400 blossoming cherry trees in Kanazawa's Kenroku-en garden and take in the spectacular Seihakusai Dekayama festival in the Noto Peninsula.
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.
Changing foliage is everywhere in Ishikawa, but Kenroku-en garden in Kanazawa and the Kakusenkei gorge in Yamanaka Onsen are particularly picturesque.
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.