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. Ishikawa prefecture is one of Japan’s most enchanting destinations because of its rich history, art, and natural beauty.
The area was once ruled by the wealthy Kaga clan that it became a thriving center for Japanese fine arts, including ceramics and lacquer ware in the 17th century. It still remains as one of the country’s most important artistic hubs. Today, traditional Japanese crafts coexist with the ultra-modern 21st Century contemporary Art. Stroll through the historical center of Kanazawa or relax in the hot springs of Kaga Onsen to get a taste of the old Japan.
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 in Ishikawa
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.
Address of Ishikawa Prefecture