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Tourism ISHIKAWA Official Ishikawa Travel Guide

 

Ishikawa Prefecture stretches long and thin from south to north, and is located roughly in the center of the Japanese archipelago, jutting out into the Sea of Japan. With both coastal and mountain environments, as well as the agricultural plains of Kanazawa, the Hakusan Mountain Range peaking at an elevation of 2702 meters, and the Noto Peninsula, which juts out into the Sea of Japan, you can find a diversity of landscapes in each area of the prefecture. Ishikawa is separated into three general regions: Noto, Kanazawa, and Kaga/Mt. Hakusan. In 2011, the Noto region, which has preserved many of Japan’s old natural landscapes, was designated a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System, the first for a developed country. Kanazawa is home to the Saigawa River and the Asano River, from where you can see many of this old castle town’s preserved cultural cityscapes against a backdrop of flowing water. Kaga and Mt. Hakusan, one of Japan’s Three Most Famous Mountains, provide a variety of mineral-rich hot springs, sourced from Mt. Hakusan. Throughout the prefecture, you can find beautiful cherry blossoms in spring, lush greenery in summer, vibrant colorful foliage in autumn, and a pure white blanket of snow in winter. Come here to experience the different faces of Japan in each season of the year!

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