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Tourist Spots

Ishikawa Prefecture contains various sightseeing spots, such as the landscape that may be more enjoyed by driving or the scenic sites that can only be reached by car. Let’s find a destination that you wish to see or visit and organize your own journey.

Among “Noto”, “Kaga-Hakusan” area is expansive with varied fascinations and the best place to visit by rented cars which covers from the coast of the Sea of Japan even to the base of Mt. Hakusan, one of Japan’s three most famous sacred mountains, when you like to go around to come by sightseeing spots there.

Kakusenkei Gorge

  • Scenic sites

One of the charms of Yamanaka Onsen is that it is blessed with natural beauty, such as a gorge and mountain streams. In particular, “Kakusenkei Gorge” is gaining popularity as a quaint spot for autumn leaves. The best time for autumn leaves is from mid to late November.

Address: From 1 Yamanaka Onsen Higashi-machi to Koorogi-machi, Kaga City
Contact:  0761-78-0330 (Yamanaka Onsen Tourism Association)
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/english/kanko/20072.html
Mapcode: 899 540 691*14 Google map

Hashidate Fishing Port District

  • Scenic sites

During the Edo period, the Sea of Japan was an important route for the shipping of rice, fish, etc. from the ports in Hokkaido to Edo and Osaka. The town of Hashidate prospered through such maritime transport and is designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, with the streetscapes from the time being protected.

Address: Hashidate, Kaga City
Contact: 0761-72-6678 (Kaga City Tourism imformation Center)
WEB: http://www.tabimati.net
Mapcode: 120 337 647*25 Google map

Shishiku Highland

  • Scenic sites

This plateau surrounded by rich greenery has a gondola that will take you to the summit 650 meters above sea level, from where there is a grandstand view of the Kanazawa plain and the Sea of Japan. At the summit, it’s also possible to experience a two-person paraglider with an instructor.

Address: Ri-110 Yahata-machi, Hakusan City
Contact: 076-273-8449 (Park Shishiku)
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/english/kanko/20094.html
Mapcode: 41 077 338*71 Google map

Tedori Gorge

  • Scenic sites

The torrent of the Tedori River has created a beautiful gorge, with its 20–30-meter-high cliff stretching for around 8 kilometers. In particular, sheets of spray from the powerful “Watagataki Falls” pour down to the gorge from the 32-meter-high cliff, as if cotton is dancing.

Address: Hakusan City
Contact: 076-255-5310 (Hakusan City Tourism information Center)
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/spot/5855
Mapcode: 507 616 497*71 Google map

Shiramine Traditional Building District

  • Scenic sites

The houses in this settlement were built during the Edo and Meiji periods. In Shiramine, which is one of the heaviest snowfall areas in Japan, the houses and streetscape capture the wisdom of people who live with the snow.

Address: Shiramine, Hakusan City
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/spot/18422

Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road

  • Scenic sites

This 33.3-km road passes through Mt. Hakusan’s majestic nature and connects Hakusan Ichirino Onsen and the World Heritage Shirakawa-go. Red leaves color the roadside in autumn and the sea of clouds may be seen in the morning on sunny days.

Address: Chugu, Hakusan City
Contact: 076-256-7341 (Hakusan Forest Road Office)
WEB: http://hs-whiteroad.jp/en/
Mapcode: 549 008 181*58 Google map

The Ruins of Torigoe-jo Castle

  • Scenic sites

These are the remains of a medieval castle that was built at the mountain summit at an altitude of 312 meters. A gate and stone walls, etc. have now been restored.

Address: Misaka-machi, Hakusan City
Contact: 076-274-9579 (Hakusan City Government office)
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/spot/5921
Mapcode: 507 702 524*30 Google map

Natadera Temple

  • Sightseeing Facilities

Many of the buildings at this old temple with a 1,300-year history are designated as National Important Cultural Properties. The natural rocky mountains form a unique landscape in the vast precincts, especially with the magnificent autumn leaves. The best time for autumn leaves is from late October to late November.

Open: 8:30 - 16:45 (March to November) 8:45 - 16:30 (December to February)
Closed: Open All Year Round
Admission fee: Adult: 600 JPY, Elementary School Student and below: 300 JPY
Address: Yu-122 Nata-machi, Komatsu City
Contact: 0761-65-2111
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/english/kanko/20078.html
Mapcode: 120 230 204*47 Google map

Kitamaebune-no-sato Museum

  • Sightseeing Facilities

During the Edo period, the Sea of Japan was an important transportation route, with a ship named “Kitamaebune” carrying goods from Hokkaido to Osaka. Located in the Hashidate district that prospered through maritime transport, “Kitamaebune-no-sato Museum” is housed in the luxury residence of a shipowner. It is open to the public and exhibits related materials.

Open: 9:00 - 17:00 (last admittance 16:30)
Closed: Open All Year Round
Admission fee: Adult: 310 JPY, 75 or Above: 150 JPY, High School Students and below: Free
Address: I-Otsu-1-1, Hashidate-machi, Kaga City
Contact: 0761-75-1250
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/english/kanko/20085.html
Mapcode: 120 337 648*33 Google map

Ishikawa Insect Museum

  • Sightseeing Facilities

Many insects from all over the world are on display. In the butterfly greenhouse, the largest on the Sea of Japan side, you can see butterflies flying all year round.

Open: 9:30 - 17:00 (April to October) 9:30 - 16:30 (November to March)
Closed: Tuesday, 12/29 - 1/1
Admission fee: Adult: 410 JPY, High School Students and below: 200 JPY
Address: Inu-142, Yahata-machi, Hakusan City
Contact: 076-272-3417
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/spot/6395
Mapcode: 41 076 816*36 Google map

Ishikawa Zoo

  • Sightseeing Facilities

This zoo has created an environment that is similar to the original habitat of the animals through the arrangement of plants, rocks, ponds, etc. while making the best use of the natural topography. It showcases around 3,600 animals of 200 different species.

Open: Apr. - Oct. 9:00 - 17:00 (Last Admittance 16:30), Nov. - Mar. 9:00 - 16:30 (Last Admittance 16:00)
Closed: Tuesday (Next day when Tuesday is a public holiday), 12/29 - 1/3
Admission fee: Adult: 830 JPY, Under 15: 410 JPY, Under 3: Free
Address: 600 Tokusan-machi, Nomi City
Contact: 0761-51-8500
WEB: http://www.ishikawazoo.jp/
Mapcode: 41 035 594*30 Google map

Shirayama-Hime Shrine

  • Sightseeing Facilities

This is the head shrine for some 3,000 Shirayama Shrines that exist throughout Japan. The vast precincts contain huge old trees standing in line, with a solemn atmosphere in keeping with sanctuary.

Open: 9:00 - 16:00 (April - October), 9:30 - 15:30 (November)
Closed: December - March
Admission fee: Treasure Hall: 300 JPY (Free entry for High School Students and below)
Address: 105 Sannomiya-machi, Hakusan City
Contact: 0761-92-0680
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/english/kanko/20079.html
Mapcode: 41 046 741*85 Google map

Ishikawa Ogoya Mine Museum

  • Sightseeing Facilities

Ogoya Mine has a long history of around 300 years from 1682 up to its closure in 1962. It was once the biggest copper-producing mine in Japan. The museum exhibits materials on the Ogoya Mine.

Open: 9:00 - 17:00 (last admittance 16:30)
Closed: Wednesday (Next day when Wednesday is a public holiday), 12/1 - 3/24
Admission fee: Adult: 500 JPY, High School Students and below: Free
Address: Ka-1-1, Ogoya-machi, Komatsu City
Contact: 0761-67-1122
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/spot/4625
Mapcode: 507 454 205*33 Google map

Motorcar Museum of Japan

  • Sightseeing Facilities

Five hundred prestigious cars from different countries are on permanent display in a vast space. The only existing Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith produced in Britain in 1948, an extraordinary Toyota 2000 GT, and successive Skylines are all must-sees.

Open: 9:00 - 17:00 (last admittance 16:30)
Closed: 12/29 - 12/31
Admission fee: Junior High Students or Above 1,000 JPY, Elementary Students: 500 JPY
Address: 40 Ikkanyama, Futatsunashi-machi, Komatsu City
Contact: 0761-43-4343
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/english/kanko/20080.html
Mapcode: 120 292 660*82 Google map

Fukata Kyuya Museum of Mountain

  • Sightseeing Facilities

The museum showcases the works and related materials of Fukata Kyuya, a mountain-loving writer from Ishikawa Prefecture. The attractive building is a refurbished silk fabric factory that was built in 1910.

Open: 9:00 - 17:00 (last admittance 16:30)
Closed: Tuesday
Admission fee: Adult: 300 JPY, 75 or Above: 150 JPY, High School Studentsand below: Free
Address: 18-2, Bamba-cho, Daishoji, Kaga City
Contact: 0761-72-3313
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/spot/6362
Mapcode: 120 187 708*03 Google map

The Forest of Wisdom

  • Hands-on Facilities

This area is open to tourists as a sightseeing spot for moss, including the gardens, a shrine, and old folk houses surrounded by beautiful cedar forests. Experience rustic Japanese life culture in a beautiful village and mountainous landscape.

Open: 9:00 - 16:00
Closed: December to March 
Admission fee:  Adult 500 JPY; Elementary School students 200 JPY
Address: Tora-71, Hiyo-machi, Komatsu City
Contact: 090-7083-6969
WEB: http://forestofwisdom.org/en/
Mapcode: 120 266 071*44 Google map

Traditional Handicrafts Village "Yunokuni-no-mori"

  • Hands-on Facilities

With the old folk houses relocated to a vast forest, this facility offers information on traditional crafts. See the process of making crafts and experience a variety of traditional crafts, such as Yuzen dyeing and ceramics.

Open: 8:30 - 17:00 (2/21 - 11/30), 9:00 - 16:30 (12/1 - 2/20)
Closed: Open All Year Round
Admission fee: Adult 540 JPY, Junior High & High School Students 440 JPY, Children (4 or above) 330 JPY
Address: Na-3-3 Awazu Onsen, Komatsu City
Contact: 0761-65-3456
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/english/kanko/20087.html
Mapcode: 120 262 469*44  Google map

Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of Snow and Ice

  • Hands-on Facilities

Located in his hometown of Katayamazu Onsen, this science museum was built in commemoration of Nakaya Ukichiro, the scientist who succeeded in making artificial snow for the first time. The best seats in the museum café enjoy a view of Mt. Hakusan over the Shibayama-gata lagoon.

Open: 9:00 - 17:00 (last admittance 16:30)
Closed: Wednesdays(opens on holidays)
Admission fee: Adult 500 JPY / free entry for those who are 18 or under/75 or above 250 JPY
Address: I-106 Ushiozumachi, Kaga City
Contact: 07761-75-3323
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/english/kanko/20081.html
Mapcode: 120 343 835*00 Google map

Asano Taiko Drum Exhibit

  • Experientia facilities

This taiko drums exhibition and experience facility is operated by Asano Taiko, which manufactures and sells various taiko drums. You can experience “beating” the taiko, “seeing” a live taiko performance, and “making” a mini drum.

Open: 10:00 - 16:00
Closed: Tuesday
Admission fee: 350 JPY
Address: 586 Fukudome, Hakusan City
Contact: 076-277-2771
WEB: http://www.asano.jp/en/
Mapcode: 41 243 487*28 Google map

Kutani Chinaware Ceramic Village

  • Experiential facilities

This facility offers information on Kutani ware (Kutani-yaki), Ishikawa’s representative traditional craft. The “Kutani-yaki pottery museum” on the premises offers hands-on classes, such as a potter’s wheel and overglaze painting.

Open: 9:00 - 17:00
Closed: Open All Year Round
Admission fee: Free Entry Fee
Address: 22, Izumi-dai-minami, Nomi City
Contact: 0761-58-6102
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/spot/5244
Mapcode: 41 032 022*60 Google map

Kaga Fruit Land

  • Experiential facilities

Fruit picking, such as strawberries, grapes, and apples, is available for tourists at this farm throughout the year. The extensive grounds also include barbecue spaces and park golf courses.

Open: 9:00 - 17:00
Closed: 12/29 - 1/1
Admission fee: Fruit-picking activities start at 1200 JPY
Address: I-59-1 Yutaka-machi, Kaga City
Contact: 0761-72-1800
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/english/kanko/20088.html
Mapcode: 120 247 721*17 Google map

Shibayama-gata lagoon tour boat

  • Experiential facilities

Take to the water for a wonderful view of Katayamazu, such as the nature along the lakeside and the huge fountain that rises in the lake. In good weather, you can expect a magnificent view of sacred Mt. Hakusan.

Open: 15:00 - 17:30 (Weekdays), 14:00 - 17:30 (Saturdays), 10:00 - 12:00/ 14:00 - 17:30 (Sundays, National holidays) *April to October only
Closed: 11/1 - 3/31
Admission fee: Adult: 800 JPY
Address: Tsu-71, Katayamazu-machi, Kaga City
Contact: 0761-74-1123
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/spot/18412
Mapcode: 120 344 191*14 Google map

Hakusan Ichirino Onsen

  • Onsen

Located at the entrance of the "Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road", it is a plateau hot spring area. In the winter it is crowded with skiers.

Hakusan Iyashinoyu Tenryo
Open: 11:00 - 19:00 (Weekdays), 11:00 - 20:00 (Weekends)
Closed: Wednesday (Next day when Wednesday is a public holiday)
Admission fee: Adult: 650 JPY, Elementary school students and below: 400 JPY
Address: Ti-28, Ozoe, Hakusan City
Contact: 076-256-7846
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/spot/20225
Mapcode: 507 356 525*11 Google map

Awazu Onsen

  • Onsen

This onsen has a 1,300-year history. The ryokans in this area use hot water from springs that they have dug down to themselves. Try the foot bath that is fantastically lit up after sunset.

Awazu Onsen Soyu
Open: 8:00 - 21:30
Closed: 8th, 18th, 28th Every month
Admission fee: Adult: 420 JPY, Elementary school students: 130 JPY, Infants: 50 JPY
Address: I-79-1, Awazu-machi, Komatu City
Contact: 0761-65-1120
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/spot/10912
Mapcode: 120 293 387*17 Google map

Katayamazu Onsen

  • Onsen

This hot spring area is located on the shores of the Shibayama-gata lagoon, with a view of sacred Mt. Hakusan. Every year from around late October to early February, you can see the beautiful white swans that spend the winter at Shibayama-gata.

Katayamazu Onsen Soyu
Open: 6:00 - 22:00
Closed: Open All Year Round
Admission fee: 12 or Above: 440 JPY, 6 to 11: 130 JPY, 3 to 5: 50 JPY, Babies and infants below 3: Free
Address: Otsu-65-2, Katayamazu-onsen, Kaga City
Contact: 0761-74-0550
WEB: http://www.katayamazu-spa.or.jp/foreign/english/index.html
Mapcode: 120 344 078*77 Google map

Yamashiro Onsen

  • Onsen

This hot spring resort is centered around two communal baths, with a number of ryokans standing around them. Also known as the town of Kutaniyaki, the area has mini galleries of Kutaniyaki in the ryokans and shops.

Yamashiro Onsen Kosoyu
Open: 6:00 - 22:00
Closed: Mornings of the 4th Wednesday of the month (opens at noon)
Admission fee: 12 or above: 500 yen, 6 to 11: 200 yen, 3 to 5: 100 yen, Babies and infants below 3: Free
Address: 18-128, Yamashiro-onsen, Kaga City
Contact: 0761-76-0144
WEB: http://www.yamashiro-spa.or.jp/foreign/en
Mapcode: 120 133 261*41 Google map

Yamanaka Onsen

  • Onsen

With its 1,300-year history, this is one of the hot spring towns that represent Ishikawa. Although surrounded by mountains, fresh seafood is delivered from a fishing port thanks to its proximity to the Sea of Japan. Taste a gift from the Sea of Japan, such as winter crabs and yellowtail, in the gourmet town of Yamanaka Onsen.

Yamanaka Onsen Soyu [Kikunoyu]
Open: 6:45 - 22:00
Closed: Open All Year Round
Admission fee: 12 or Above: 440 JPY, 6 to 11: 130 JPY, 3 to 5: 50 JPY, Babies and infants below 3: Free
Address: Re-1, Yunode-machi, Yamanaka onsen, Kaga City
Contact: 0761-78-4026
WEB: https://www.yamanaka-spa.or.jp/global/eng/index.html
Mapcode: 899 570 214*22 Google map

Okashi-jo Kaga-han

  • Shopping

At this confectionery theme park, managed by a long-established confectionery manufacturer, you can buy freshly made confectionery on site while viewing the production lines over the glass.

Open: 8:15 - 17:00
Closed: 12/30, 12/31
Admission fee: Free Entry Fee
Address: Ha-90-1, Kamo-machi, Kaga City
Contact: 0761-77-0100
WEB: https://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/spot/4578
Mapcode: 120 194 542*30 Google map