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Ishikawa Prefecture

Japan’s 8 Best-Preserved Castle Towns

Original surviving Japanese castles are a rarity. Only a dozen retain their original keeps, though there are many more that lie in ruins or have been reconstructed. Beyond the castles, however, many historic castle...

The Art and Culture of Kanazawa

Kanazawa has been the economic and cultural center of the Hokuriku region since the Edo period, during which the feudal lords supported and encouraged the development of culture and handicrafts. Fortunately Kanazawa escaped destruction...

Japan Travel 101: Introducing Ishikawa

Located on the coast of the Sea of  Japan, Ishikawa-ken 石川県, Ishikawa-Prefecture) is in the Chūbu region of Honshū (本州, main island). Surrounded by the Sea of Japan on one side and mountainous regions on the other,...

Come on over to Komatsu (7) : The 7 wonders of Komatsu

The world might have its seven amazing wonders, but Komatsu has them too! Located in Ishikawa prefecture, this city has many wonders to discover. Besides being famous for kabuki, there are many more interesting things in...

Come on over to Komatsu (6) : Rojo Park

The area where an expansion of Komatsu castle used to be is now a beautfiful Japanese style park named "Rojo Park". The old castle was the residence of the third lord of the Maeda clan's Kaga Domain,...

Come on over to Komatsu (5) : 1300 year old Ryokan – Houshi

Being established in the year 718 Houshi was once recognized as the oldest hotel in the world before another ryokan in Yamanashi prefecture beat its founding date by 13 years. Still, Houshi has been operated...

Come on over to Komatsu (4) : Natadera, the temple in touch with Nature

Japanese people have always been in touch with nature. This can be seen in the traditional arts and their religion. Both Buddhism and Shinto take lessons from nature and Natadera is a place where...

Come on over to Komatsu (3) : Craft Theme Park

Komatsu city in Ishikawa prefecture has a natural forest filled with traditional Japanese houses that let you try all kinds of amazing crafts. Yunokuni no Mori is officially called a "Traditional Handicraft Theme Park", but...

Come on over to Komatsu (2) : The Forest of Wisdom

The actual name for this peculiar place is "Koke no Sato", or "Moss Village". This is because the whole area is covered by a fine layer of green moss, cultivated over many years. Hiyou...

Come on over to Komatsu (1) : The City of Kabuki

Believe it or not, Komatsu is a Kabuki City. But why? You might ask this question because when people think about attending a Kabuki play they think about the extravagant theaters in Tokyo and...