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About Ishikawa

Location

Ishikawa Prefecture is located in the middle of the Hokuriku region. To the east are Toyama and Gifu Prefectures, to the south is Fukui Prefecture, and to the north is the Noto Peninsula jutting out into the Sea of Japan. The shape of the Prefecture is long and narrow from the southwest to the northeast, and is 100.4km from east to west and 198.4km from north to south. The coastline extends some 581.0km. There are 9 major cities in addition to Kanazawa, and 9 small towns total in Ishikawa.

Ishikawa's attraction is a balance of Culture and Nature

To the south is the Hakusan National Natural Park from where the Tedorigawa River springs and feeds the rich Kaga plain; and to the north is the Noto Peninsula that extends into the Sea of Japan. The capital of Ishikawa, Kanazawa, is one of the few great castle towns of Japan, that while maintaining its historical vestiges, also promotes its modern city infrastructure.

Nature

Area:

4,185 square kilometers (66.8% wooded, 10.6% cultivated)

Highest Mountain:

Hakusan; Height 2,702m

Longest River:

Tedorigawa River; Length 65.65km

Widest Lake & Marsh:

Kahokugata; Area 4.13 square kilometers

Average Temperature:

15.8° (2004)

Yearly Precipitation:

2,329.0 mm (2004)