Ishikawa 石川

Kanazawa Castle in Ishikawa Prefecture

Ishikawa is located on the coast of the Sea of Japan in the Chubu region. The prefectural capital is Kanazawa with a population of about 460,000 people. The capital is also the home of the Kenrokuen Garden, one of the three most famous gardens in Japan.

Things to see in Ishikawa

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Ishikawa.

  1. Kenrokuen Garden

    pine trees in Kenrokuen Garden

    Kenrokuen Garden is refered to as one of Japan's three most beautiful landscape gardens. With the other two being Kairakuen Garden in Mito and Korakuen Garden in Okayama. The name Kenrokuen means "garden of six sublimities" and refers to the six essential attributes needed for a perfect garden in according to traditional Chinese landscape theory. Namely spaciousness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, waterways and lookout views.

    Besides the gardens many ponds it is also home to one of Japan's oldest fountain. The fountain is powered by the change in elevation from the nearby Kasumigaike Pond allowing it to shoot out water about 3.5 meters high. Another iconic symbol of the garden is the two legged Kotojitoro Lantern standing in the pond.

    Kotojitoro Lantern in Kenrokuen Garden

    How to get there

    From Kanazawa Station ride either the Kanazawa Loop Bus or Kenrokuen Shuttle Bus. The bus ride takes about 20 minutes to the garden.

  2. Higashi Chaya District

    Higashi Chaya District in the eastern part of Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture

    The Higashi Chaya District (Eastern Teahouse District) is the largest traditional teahouse district in Kanazawa. In the Edo period (1603 to 1868) chaya districts were created in designated entertainment districts typically just outside the city limits. A teahouses is an exclusive type of restaurant where guests are entertained by singing and dancing geisha.

    How to get there

    By riding the Kanazawa Loop Bus in the Right Loop direction and getting off at Hashibacho (Koban-mae), from where the chaya district is a short 5 minute walk away.