Kanazawa Castle – The Throne of the Powerful Maeda Clan


Kanazawa Castle (金沢城) was the residence of the powerful lords of the Maeda Clan (前田氏) who ruled over the Kaga/Kanazawa Domain (加賀藩). Until the end of the Edo period, the Maeda clan had great power and wealth, second only to the Tokugawa clan. Along with the adjacent Kenrokuen Garden (兼六園), it is now one of the major sightseeing spots that represent Kanazawa.

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Noto Peninsula – the Stunning Coastline and Unique Culture

能登金剛 巌門のしあわせのがんもん橋

The Noto Peninsula (能登半島) in Ishikawa Prefecture is rich with nature. The entire peninsula is designated as a national park. The diverse landscape created a unique rural culture that differs from the close-by popular destination – Kanazawa. The best way to explore the peninsula is to do a loop course and discover what each town or city has to offer!

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Your Ultimate Kanazawa City Travel Guide


Kanazawa City (金沢市), the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture, is probably the most lively city in the entire Hokuriku region (北陸地方) in the north-western part of Japan’s main island – Honshū. Producing 90% of gold leaf (金箔) in Japan, this prosperous city has its own unique culture such as the way fabrics are dyed and the Kaga Hōshō school (加賀宝生) of Noh theatre. The city is also known for having the best Japanese gardens in the world, which enchants its visitors throughout the year.

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Yuwaku Onsen – A Quaint Town to Enjoy Onsen at Kanazawa


Whilst there are plenty of historic attractions in Kanazawa, the city itself is quite modern. If you are seeking a spot that is quieter and less touristy, Yuwaku Onsen (湯涌温泉) that is 60 minutes away by bus from Kanazawa’s city centre can be a great choice. The hot spring town that has a history as long as 1,300 years is surrounded by rich nature and a different type of traditional atmosphere to the tea house districts in Kanazawa. It is also where the anime – Hanasaku Iroha (花咲くいろは) that was broadcasted in 2011 was modelled on!

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Komatsu City and Its Stunning Landscape and Craftworks


The name Komatsu probably makes you think of construction sites and the global manufacturing company. And most people might know about Komatsu City (小松市) in Ishikawa Prefecture that the manufacturing company has a long presence in, or Komatsu Airport. But what you might not be aware of is the city actually boasts beautiful natural landscapes, traditional crafts, and some unique attractions that you won’t want to miss out on. So once you land at the airport, instead of catching a direct bus to Kanazawa straightaway, you might want to check out the below attractions first!

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Hakusan City – A Paradise for Hikers and Paragliders


Hakusan City (白山市) is a city in Ishikawa Prefecture filled with breathtaking scenery. One of Japan’s most sacred mountains – Mt. Hakusan – stands to one side of the city. The city, naturally, has numerous hiking trails with various difficulties that suit a wide range of age groups. The city also features one of Japan’s best places for paragliding. Other attractions include Kaga Province’s largest shrine, a scenic gorge that isn’t known by many, a dinosaur museum, one of the most popular cherry blossom spots in Ishikawa Prefecture, and more!

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Hakusan Shirakawagō White Road Complete Guide


The World Heritage Shirakawagō is now a really popular tourist destination in Japan. Quite often, people will visit this fairytale-like village by catching a bus or driving from Kanazawa. Many tourists take the normal highway. But unbeknownst to them (and us when we first visited Shirakawagō), there is also a really scenic toll road that goes through the magnificent local mountain ranges that would be a shame to miss out on!

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Hiking Mt. Hakusan, One of Japan’s Top Three Sacred Mountain


With an altitude of 2702 metres, Mt. Hakusan (or Mt. Haku (白山)) is one of the top three mountains in Japan along with Mt. Fuji (富士山) and Mt. Tate (立山) of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. With picturesque and magnificent scenery along the hiking trails, Mt. Hakusan is a popular hiking destination for any age group.

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Katayamazu Onsen – The Town That Overlooks The Mighty Mt. Haku


Katayamazu Onsen ((片山津温泉)) is a small onsen town created by the reclamation of part of Lake Shibayama (柴山潟) during the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912). The biggest appeal of the town is the stunning view of Mt. Haku or Mt. Hakusan (白山) being reflected on Lake Shibayama on a clear sunny day, which visitors can admire while strolling or cycling on the promenade around the lake. If you are spending a whole day in Katayamazu Onsen, remember to check the colour of the lake throughout the day as the colour of the lake changes dramatically seven times a day (depending on the weather)!

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Yamashiro Onsen – An Onsen Town Where Kutani Ware Revived


Yamashiro Onsen, the biggest onsen town in Kaga, is a popular hot spring destination for onsen aficianados. With facilities providing different types of onsen, tourists often spend the majority of their stay in Yamashiro Onsen, indulging themselves in one onsen pool after another.

The town is also where Kutani-ware was revived. Museums and galleries are scattered throughout the town for all the pottery lovers to explore the history and the beauty of this local specialty.

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