Ishikawa Prefecture is located in the middle of Japan, and has the Noto Peninsula facing the Sea of Japan, the castle town of Kanazawa and hot spring towns in Kaga region.
There are plenty of spots that you can enjoy, such as delicious gourmet as well as contemporary art and hot springs!
The tip of Ishikawa Prefecture is the Noto Peninsula facing the sea.
There is much fresh seafood including snow crab that are caught in the water of Ishikawa prefecture. Their local cuisine, “Noto-Don(Don or Donburi is a bowl of rice with something on top) uses rice ,water and seafood, all ingredients are locally grown/caught in Noto. Even the bowl and chopsticks are made in Noto. Moreover, the chopsticks used by customer are given to them as a memory of the trip.
“Shiroyone Senmaida”, chosen as the World Agricultural Heritage, is also located in Noto.
During winter months from October to March, “Senmaida” (rice paddies) are illuminated at night, and you can enjoy a beautiful view.
From Historical attractions to contemporary art in Kanazawa
In Kanazawa, the middle part of Ishikawa Prefecture, you can enjoy both Kanazawa Castle and contemporary art.
Kanazawa station was chosen as one of the most beautiful stations in the world, and there are many photo spots, such as the Tsuzumi Gate like a torii, Omotenashi (Hospitality) glass dome and lined up pillars using gold leaves and Japanese paper.
Although you can enjoy different arts just being at the station, the “21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa” (no admission fee) is also highly recommended.
The swimming pool that appears in the video is a mysterious artwork that looks like people are in water when you take a view from the top.
Hot spring trip in Kaga
There are three hot spring towns in Kaga, “Yamanaka Onsen”, “Yamashiro Onsen” and “Katayamazu Onsen”.
Yamanaka Onsen has many hot spring lodgings. Among them, “Ohanami Kyubei”(one of the lodgings in Yamanaka Onsen town) has a welcome service, guests are treated to freshly made “Mitarashi Dango” and “Sakura tea” upon their arrival.
Akechi Mitsuhide, famous samurai general who lived during the Sengoku period, is said to come to “Yamashiro Onsen” to heal his wounds. If you want to experience a retro Onsen, “Kosouyu” is the place to go, restored bath from the Meiji era, “Kutaniyaki” tile on the wall are also reproduced.
Katayamazu Onsen is located along the shore of the “Shibamayagata” lagoon. Why don’t you soak yourself in the hot spring while looking at the lagoon naturally changeing colors many times during the day.
Please visit Ishikawa Prefecture where you can enjoy delicious food, art and hot springs!
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