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Cherry Blossom in front of Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle is just across the Ishikawa Bridge from Kanazawa's prime attraction, the Kenrokuen Garden. Both sites are must-sees on a visit to Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture.

The Onosho canal borders the samurai district

Nagamachi District

Considered one of the most powerful Japanese feudal lords, daimyo, in the country, Toshiie Maeda (1538-1599) established his warriors in the city in the Nagamachi dist

Wajima seen from the sky (Noto peninsula, Ishikawa prefecture)


Located about 12 miles north of Monzen, Wajima is the largest city in the north of the Noto Peninsula.

Nishi Chaya street

Nishi Chaya District

Located to the west of the city, Nishi Chaya is one of the three teahouse districts of Kanazawa.

The Onosho canal borders the samurai district

The best free activities in Kanazawa

Authentic Japan is on offer for visitors to Kanazawa, thanks to its geisha neighborhoods and the old samurai district.

Le Daibutsu de Takaoka

The city of Takaoka

The city of Takaoka, on the northern Nihon Kai coast, conceals treasures such as a large copper Buddha, beautiful gardens and a museum dedicated to Doraemon, comic book hero in Japan.

Les côtes de la péninsule de Noto

Ushitsu Harbor

To get to the small town of Ushitsu, located on the southern coast of the Noto Peninsula, you have to travel along the roads that run along the still somewhat wild coastline of Ishikawa Prefecture.

Le phare du cap Rokkôzaki

Cape Rokkosaki

Famous for its chalk lighthouse dating from the Meiji era and for being one of the few places from which you can admire the sunrise and sunset over the sea, Cape Rokkosaki is one of the mo

Tattonohama Beach

Picturesque villages, small fishing ports, lush vegetation and seaside road, Tattonohama beach immerses you in the heart of the special atmosphere of the Noto peninsula.

"Senmaida" rice terraces, illuminated at night

The 1,000 rice fields of Shiroyone

To the north of the Noto Peninsula lie more than 1,000 rice terraces called Shiroyone Senmaida, on the hillside, down to the Sea of Japan below.

Takojima and its fishing port

The small town of Takojima, located at the tip of the Noto Peninsula, has a small fishing port close to the town center.

Les rochers vus de la plage

Hatago Iwa

These two rocks, linked together by a small braided rope, a sign of their sacred character, are located on the west coast of the Noto peninsula.

Fukura, Japan's oldest wooden lighthouse

Fukura Lighthouse, located on the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, is Japan's oldest wooden lighthouse.

La côte de la péninsule de Noto

Discover the Noto Peninsula

The Noto peninsula, still little known to travellers, conceals a few wonders. Here are 3 reasons, if any more were needed, to come and discover this part of the country.

bair nakai

Anamizu and Nakai Bay

The Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture offers beautiful walks in rural, unspoilt Japan.

Kanazawa Station

Kanazawa Station

A special place, this station hints at the spirit of the city.


The Kanazawa Top Ten

Landmarks and museums: Chris, our Travel Angel living in Kanazawa, shares his top 10 favorite places to go.

Omicho market

One day visit to Kanazawa

Kanazawa: capital of Ishikawa prefecture, 2 hr 30 min from Tokyo by shinkansen and 2 hr 20 min from Kyoto, at times called "little Kyoto", in its authenti


Wajima: read a guide to Wajima located on the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture and famous for its lacquer work.

Nomura residence

Nomura Residence

Behind the walls of Nagamachi District, centuries of history are sleeping quietly.

Teahouse Shima

Shima Tea House

Jewels of the historic Kanazawa can be discovered in the neighborhood of Higashi Chaya Gai. Go back in time and discover an authentic geisha tea house.

Villa Seisonsaku

Seisonkaku Villa

The Seisonkaku villa in Kanazawa hides a very strong family history. And because she beared the name of Maeda, she played the difficult role of a woman.

Residence Takada

Takada Family Home

Narrow streets lined with thick, long, never ending walls.

Higashi district in Kanazawa

Higashi Chaya district

A rustle of cloth, the echo of laughter, the clink of china. For centuries, the same sounds gently filter through paper panels of traditional buildings of Higashi district.

Shirakawa-go Guide

Shirakawa-go & Gokayama: read a guide to the UNESCO World Heritage listed villages of Ogimachi, Suganuma and Ainokura in Gifu and Toyama prefectures.