Mountains, beaches, castles, hot springs, and dynamic culture, Ishikawa prefecture is one of Honshu’s most dynamic regions.
The capital of Kanazawa will have you captivated with its historic past as royal city (and all the samurai mansions and geisha quarters that go with it) and present day status as a hub of the arts with the 21st-century Museum and plethora of artist workshops available.
Venture in any direction from the capital and nature lovers, spa addicts, and history buffs will all find their place together.
- VISIT THE ULTIMATE JAPANESE GARDEN: The Kanazawa Castle garden, Kenrokuen, is said to be one of the finest examples in all of Japan, having all the aspects of the ideal Japanese garden–spaciousness, seclusion, artifice, antiquity, watercourses, and panoramas. No matter the season, it is bound to impress.
- SOAK IN THE MOUNTAIN ONSENS OF YAMASHIRO: Set at the foot of what is called Healing Buddha mountain, Yamashiro was the site of an early Buddhist temple nearly 1,000 years ago. Monks used to bathe in the hot springs as a spiritual cleansing and people have been flocking to these waters ever since. Today, the town is still centered around a historic hot spring and various contemporary ones, ready for a soak.
- STAY IN A MACHIYA TOWNHOUSE: There is something about honeymooning in a house…especially when that home is gorgeous, exotic, and one you don’t have to clean yourself. Instead of a hotel in the capital, stay in Machiya Kanazawa: a 19th-century townhouse in the former geisha district for extra privacy and cultural authenticity.
- TRY KAGA KAISEKI CUISINE: This regional country-style embraces it's surroundings with a cuisine of river fish, mountain vegetables, and fresh delicacies rare to the Western palate. Served as series of courses, the presentation is always impeccable and the food to-die for! For some of the finest examples, dine at Wataya Ryokan or Beniya Mukayu.
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