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ISHIKAWA
  • TOKYO
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THE LIVING LEGACY OF SAMURAI CULTURE

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.

Official Tokyo Travel Guide
https://www.gotokyo.org/en/

Local government official website
https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/english/

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Haneda Airportmore

Haneda Airport

The airport serves as an air gateway for Tokyo. The passenger terminal is filled with various commercial facilities, and visitors can command a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay from the rooftop observation deck, so that every one, even those who are not flying, can enjoy the terminal.

Tokyo Metropolitan Area

Day1

TOKYO

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Todoroki Valley

This 1km valley, situated at the southern tip of the Musashino Plateau, is one of the few valleys in the Tokyo area.
Go down the steps at the entrance to Golf Bridge, a 3-minute walk from Todoroki Station, and find the walking trail that follows the Yazawa River downstream.
Hear the rustling of the Japanese zelkova, konara oaks, and dogwood trees in the breeze, the murmuring of the river, and the wild birdsong; so close to nature you would never think you were in the city.

Tokyu Oimachi Line
Todoroki-->Ōokayama

Tokyu Meguro Line
Ōokayama-->Yotsuya
(35 minutes/400 yen) *From Todoroki to Yotsuya

JR Chuo Line
Yotsuya-->Ochanomizu
(6 minutes/160 yen)

Sake tasting experience
(Meishu Center Sake Shop Ochanomizu)
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Sake tasting experience<br>(Meishu Center Sake Shop Ochanomizu)

Meishu Center is a pop-up shop of sake carefully crafted all over Japan.
With a lineup of more than 150 different sakes ranging from famous classics to hidden gems, you can sample them by the glass for 150 yen.
You can also purchase the sake you like. Receive a 100 yen discount when sampling 3 sakes.
Please compare the differences and take your time to find the sake you think you like.
If you are not sure which sake is the right one for you, ask our staff for advice.
The staff will give you a hand in finding one just right for you.
The shop also has plenty of snacks that pair with sake as well. The shop has everything from rare sake to desert sake, so enjoying comparing them and finding the right match for you.

Tokyo Metro Marunochi Line
Ochanomizu--> Shinjuku-gyoenmae
(21 minutes/200 yen)

Shinjuku Gyoenmore

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Shinjuku Gyoen

Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, Shinjuku Gyoen was opened to the public in 1949. Inside the 58.3-hectare grounds, there is a Japanese garden,a formal garden, and a landscape garden, all skillfully designed.
Famous for cherry blossoms in the spring and red foliage in the fall, Shinjuku Gyoen is a place for rest and relaxation, an oasis in the city.

Tokyo Metropolitan Area

Day2

HOKURIKU(ISHIKAWA)

Tokyo Stationmore

Tokyo Station

October 2012 saw completion of the preservation and renovation work on the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building. The red brick facade long loved as the symbol of Tokyo Station has made a comeback, along with the history and grandeur of the original building dating nearly a hundred years back. The occasion also saw the reopening of Tokyo Station Hotel and Tokyo Station Gallery. The former is the only hotel situated within an important cultural property of Japan. The interior is designed in a sophisticated, classical European style to blend with the splendor of the Marunouchi Building exterior.

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Kanazawa Stationmore

Kanazawa Station

Chosen as one of the 14 most beautiful stations in the world by Travel+Leisure in 2011. It is characterized by a dome supported by massive pillars modeled after Japanese drums used in traditional performing arts. Furthermore, the inside of the station is decorated with local traditional handicrafts as if it were a museum.

Joka-machi Kanazawa Shuyu Bus (Kanazawa Loop Bus):
Kanazawa-eki Higashiguchi --> Kenrokuen-Shita, Kanazawajo
Around 17 minutes / 200 yen (one day pass: 500 yen)

3 minutes by foot

Kenroku-en Gardenmore

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Kenroku-en Garden

Kenroku-en Garden is one of the three most famous gardens of Japan, and it is the most beautiful "samurai garden" that has taken around 180 years to establish. The garden offers enjoyment of different views for every season of the year; cherry blossoms in spring, rabbitear irises in summer, autumn colors in the fall, and "yukitsuri (poles and ropes to prop up trees in winter)." Visitors can also tour the neighboring Kanazawa Castle. The town of Kanazawa was developed around the castle, and there are numerous historical and cultural facilities nearby.

Kenrokuen Shuttle: Kenrokuen-Shita, Kanazawajo --> Korinbo
Around 5 minutes / 200 yen (one day pass)
(10 minutes on foot)

Korinbo area

Day3

Korinbo area

2 minutes by foot

Nagamachi Samurai Residences Districtmore

Nagamachi Samurai Residences District

This is the site of former middle-class samurai residences of the Kaga Domain. The townscape retains the atmosphere of the days of domain rule when samurai walked the streets, with ocher mud walls with wooden tile roofs, water channels and "nagayamon" gates with "bushimado" windows. Moreover, the mud walls are covered in "komogake" in winter to protect them from the snow, a seasonal tradition in Kanazawa. The gardens here are also worth seeing, having been ranked third by the Journal of Japanese Gardening, an American journal, in 2003.

Joka-machi Kanazawa Shuyu Bus (Kanazawa Loop Bus):
Korinbo --> Kanazawa-eki Higashiguchi
Around 15 minutes / 200 yen (one day pass)

JR Kanazawa Station --> JR Wakura Onsen (around 1 hour, 2,230 yen)
*JAPAN RAIL PASS may be used

Bus
Wakuraonsen Station→Kodamiyanomae (around 25 minutes)

2 minutes by foot
* Some ryokans provide a shuttle service to and from Wakuraonsen Station.

Notojima Cycling Tourmore

Notojima Cycling Tour

This is a cycling tour around Noto's Satoyama and Satoumi, which were designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems. Visitors may see the traditional lifestyles of people living in harmony with nature and the four seasons.

Notojima Area

Day4

Notojima Area

Community bus: Kodamiyano-mae --> Wakura Onsen-eki (around 25 minutes)
* Some ryokans provide a shuttle service to and from Wakuraonsen Station.

Noto Tetsudo: Wakura Onsen Station --> Anamizu Station (around 1 hour, 680 yen)

Hokutetsu-Okunoto Bus
Anamizu Ekimae --> Wajima Ekimae (around 55 minutes, 760 yen)

14 minutes by foot

Wajima Morning Marketmore

Wajima Morning Market

The Wajima Morning Market is one the three most famous morning markets of Japan with a history of over 1,000 years, making it the oldest market in the country. Around 200 shops line the 360-m street. Women from local farms and fishermen sell fresh seafood, vegetables, processed goods and folk handicrafts, such as Wajima lacquerware. Bartering while having a conversation is another way of enjoying the market.

Wajima Morning Market→Wajima Station
Furusato Taxi (shared taxi); 900 yen
Reservations required (0768-22-2360)

Hokuriku Rail Road Bus: Wajima station(Wajima-eki-mae) --> Noto Satoyama Kuko (25 minutes / 590 yen)

Noto Satoyama Airportmore

Noto Satoyama Airport

It is not only an airport, but a composite facility with an observation deck, souvenir shops, a restaurant, a Michi-no-Eki (Roadside Station), a tourist information center, and a rent-a-car counter.

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