If you are looking for authentic Japanese history, culture, and cuisine, then Ishikawa is the place to go.
Ishikawa's history started with the Kaga clan who ruled the land of Ishikawa during the Edo period (1603-1868). It was here that its traditional crafts, performing arts, food culture, and other aspects developed by the use of the financial power second only to the shogun.
Ishikawa Prefecture has been free of any major disasters and conflicts for over 400 years, and in Kanazawa City, the Prefectural capital, you can enjoy the atmosphere of the samurai era, such as Kenroku-en garden and the Nagamachi samurai residences where samurai once lived.
The Noto Peninsula to the north of Kanazawa faces the Sea of Japan where traditional fishing villages dot coast, providing a glimpse of the simple lives of the people living there with the blessings of the sea and satoyama woodlands.
Southern Kanazawa is home to the historic Kaga hot spring village with its 1,300 years of history, where you can enjoy its beautiful views in any season.
Ishikawa has a great food culture that uses vegetables and fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan. Kaga cuisine that chefs put the craftsmanship into and serve in elegant traditional bowls, such as Kutani porcelain and Wajima lacquerware, is not only delicious, but a feast for your eyes.