PLAN YOUR TRIP
Where to Stay
Ishikawa has accommodations to suit every budget and preference. This page introduces the types commonly found around the prefecture and highlights some more unique options. Read on for a brief overview of staying in each of the prefecture’s three primary regions: Kanazawa, the Noto Peninsula, and Kaga and Hakusan.
Hotels are plentiful around Ishikawa. They are suited to a range of budgets, and nearly all offer Western-style bedrooms and facilities. Most have English-speaking staff and a choice of smoking or non-smoking rooms. Wi-Fi and other modern conveniences are to be expected. Some hotels may have Japanese-style baths on-premises.
Ryokan are traditional-style inns. Their guest rooms have tatami floors upon which futons are laid out for sleeping (although some also offer Western-style beds). The cost of a night usually includes a multi-course dinner and breakfast, which are sometimes served in the guest’s room. Most ryokan have communal hot-spring baths, and some have private baths available for rental.
At farm-stays, guests can experience Ishikawa's agricultural life and participate in activities such as berry picking or rice planting. Some Buddhist temples offer stays called shukubo. Most temple lodgings are simple, serve traditional vegetarian meals, and offer an opportunity to join meditation and morning rituals.
There are several world-class luxury hotels and ryokan around Ishikawa. These properties, which usually feature expertly designed modern or traditional Japanese interiors, offer every comfort and consideration to their guests. They often count access to private baths, spas, top-quality chefs, and spectacular private views among their amenities.
There is an abundance of options for budget travelers. Ishikawa has hostels, where travelers sleep in large dormitories, and guesthouses, where travelers have a private room but use shared facilities. Those who want a traditional experience can try more traditional family-owned guesthouses called minshuku.
Kanazawa is the main gateway to Ishikawa and has a wealth of attractions. The city enjoys a central location in the prefecture, making it a good base from which to access other areas. As a result, Kanazawa has accommodation options for all types of travelers. The most plentiful are hotels, which range from simple to luxurious, as well as reasonably priced guesthouses and hostels. For a traditional stay, there are also several ryokan and minshuku in neighborhoods such as Korinbo.
A stay in the rugged, rural Noto Peninsula lets visitors experience the rhythms of rural Japan. Accommodation options there are fewer than in Kanazawa, but they are varied and authentic. The largest clusters are around Wakura Onsen, halfway up the east side of the peninsula, and at Wajima, on the northern coast. Wakura Onsen is a hot-spring town with many ryokan, while Wajima has a range of lodging options including hotels and minshuku. Visitors can try farm-stays, temple stays, or guesthouses in more remote parts of the peninsula.
Kaga & Hakusan
The Kaga area is celebrated for its hot spring villages including Yamanaka Onsen, Yamashiro Onsen, Katayamazu Onsen, and Awazu Onsen. The area has many traditional ryokan with attached baths. Western-style hotels are available in Komatsu. The more remote Hakusan area also has a small number of hotels and ryokan. In summer, hikers can book simple mountain lodges in the higher altitudes of Hakusan National Park.