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  During the Edo Period (1603-1868), the Maeda Clan, who were the ruling clan lords of the Kaga Domain (present-day Ishikawa Prefecture), greatly encouraged academic learning and cultural arts, even spreading them to commoners. As a result, tea ceremony and Noh music flourished in the region and many arts and crafts were born. Countless master craftsmen and artisans have been fostered here, which in turn led to the opening of various exhibitions all around the prefecture to showcase their works. Ishikawa is home to the Prefectural Museum of Art, the Kanazawa Nakamura Memorial Art Museum, the Nanao Art Museum, the Ishikawa Wajima Lacquerware Art Museum, the Ishikawa Kutaniyaki Ceramics Art Museum, and more. Perhaps most famously, the prefecture is known for the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, which sees about 1.5 million visitors each year and showcases large-scale exhibitions of modern art from all over the world.

NOTO AREA

  The Noto boasts the Ishikawa Wajima Lacquerware Art Museum as well as the Ishikawa Nanao Art Museum which features traditional Japanese drawings by Touhaku Hasegawa, who was born in the Noto and was a definitive artist of the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (latter half of the 16th century).

KANAZAWA AREA

  Kanazawa is home to many art museums, most famous of which are perhaps the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, which exhibits historical art from all over Ishikawa, and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, which exhibits modern art from all over the world.

KAGA/HAKUSAN AREA

   The Ishikawa Kutaniyaki Ceramics Art Museum and the Kutaniyaki Kiln Remains Exhibition tell the long history of Kutaniyaki Ceramics and are a must see in the Kaga and Mt. Hakusan Region.

RECOMMENDED ISHIKAWA ATTRACTIONS

Kutaniyaki Art Museum

A museum specialized in introducing the art of Kutaniyaki Porcelain; you will truly understand the magnificence of Kutaniyaki and the importance of personal encounter with each pieces of art.

Kiriko Lantern Museum

The Museum displays the huge Sacred Festival Lanterns called Kiriko. Kirikos are unique to the region of Noto.

Wajima Urushi Art Museum

This is the first of its kind Museum in Japan which introduces not only Wajima lacquer (japan) and lacquer work from different regions of Japan but also lacquer art from overseas.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

This museum focuses on the Contemporary Art. It's a museum resembling a park where one comes across all kinds of people and can have a variety of experiences.

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art

This museum showcases various arts and crafts including Ko-kutani pottery,that were handed down in the family of Kaga's Feudal Lord Maeda for generations as well as modern works of art that have some connection with Ishikawa Prefecture.

Kitamaebune Ship Museum

A rare museum that was reconstructed from a family house, which was owned by Sakatani Family, one of the owners of the Kitamae ship. This Museum tells the story of the luxury lives of the people during the late Edo Period through the Meiji Period.