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If you are looking for authentic Japanese history, culture, and cuisine, then Ishikawa is the place to go.
Ishikawa's history started with the Kaga clan who ruled the land of Ishikawa during the Edo period (1603-1868). It was here that its traditional crafts, performing arts, food culture, and other aspects developed by the use of the financial power second only to the shogun.
Ishikawa Prefecture has been free of any major disasters and conflicts for over 400 years, and in Kanazawa City, the Prefectural capital, you can enjoy the atmosphere of the samurai era, such as Kenroku-en garden and the Nagamachi samurai residences where samurai once lived.
The Noto Peninsula to the north of Kanazawa faces the Sea of Japan where traditional fishing villages dot coast, providing a glimpse of the simple lives of the people living there with the blessings of the sea and satoyama woodlands.
Southern Kanazawa is home to the historic Kaga hot spring village with its 1,300 years of history, where you can enjoy its beautiful views in any season.
Ishikawa has a great food culture that uses vegetables and fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan. Kaga cuisine that chefs put the craftsmanship into and serve in elegant traditional bowls, such as Kutani porcelain and Wajima lacquerware, is not only delicious, but a feast for your eyes.

Getting from Tokyo to ISHIKAWA

Route 1

  • Haneda Airport → Komatsu airport : Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes

Route 2

  • JR Tokyo station → JR Kanazawa station : Approximately 2 hour 30 minutes by Hokuriku shinkansen

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    Visit Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, created on the site of a samurai residence, and let the evocative landscape take you back in time. Next, travel to the renowned garden at Kenroku-en Garden, once home to feudal lord Maeda in the Edo period (1603-1868). Close to Kanazawa Castle and historical samurai residences, Kenroku-en Garden offers stunning seasonal views ranging from spring cherry blossoms to the iconic yukitsuri in winter. Experience samurai culture in Ishikawa Prefecture, where the past remains to be enjoyed today.
    For an immersive experience of tradition and elegance, this itinerary takes you from the Imperial Palace—site of the Imperial Residence where Japan’s Emperor and Empress live—to Kenroku-en Garden in Ishikawa Prefecture. Take time to savor the serene beauty as you stroll its grounds, an embodiment of the former local feudal lords’ hopes for eternal prosperity.

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