Ishikawa Prefecture | Travel Guide
Ishikawa prefecture in the northeastern part of Japan’s main island might not ring a bell for international tourists. It does, however, have plenty to offer in terms of nature and history. This travel guide introduces the historical city of Kanazawa, where the beautiful Kenrokuen Japanese landscape garden is located. This town has transformed into a famous tourist destination ever since the shinkansen line connecting Tokyo and Kanazawa opened in 2015.
Those who like artisan crafts should put Ishikawa on their to-see list, as the prefecture is famous for high-quality crafts like Kanazawa lacquerware, Kaga silk, and Kutani ware. Kanazawa gold leaf that is produced with a technique of beating gold into wafer-thin sheets is also a famous product from the area.
Noto Peninsula is known for its coastal scenery, particularly along the Okunoto Coast and the Kongo Coast, as well as for its rural atmosphere. Because the area's public transportation is limited, exploring the area is best done by rental car
At the center of Kanazawa lies the Kenroku-en Garden, famous for the "Yukitsuri," ropes stretched from the top of a tree to the lower branches like an umbrella to protect it from snow damage.
Nomura Clan Samurai Home
Kanazawa doesn't only boast one of the most beautiful gardens in the country, there is also great seafood, a great modern art museum, a well-preserved teahouse district, and a samurai district. It is in the latter where you can find the old home of the samurai Nomura clan. The building is almost intact and is a good example of how the samurai warriors who protected the city lived at that time.
Kenrokuen Garden (Kanazawa)
Kenrokuen Garden is listed as one of the three most beautiful gardens in all of Japan and is undoubtedly the symbol of Kanazawa Prefecture, and it was designed for walking.