FIND YOUR ISHIKAWA
Relax and Rejuvenate in Ishikawa
Ishikawa’s natural beauty and deep heritage are a wonderful backdrop for a relaxation-focused vacation. Gaze out at a serene bay while soaking in a natural hot spring, drive on uncrowded, scenic roads, or spread out on a sandy beach.
Nearly all of Ishikawa is dotted with natural hot springs and charming onsen towns.
Kaga Onsen is Ishikawa’s largest cluster of hot springs. It is made up of four villages—Yamanaka Onsen, Yamashiro Onsen, Katayamazu Onsen, and Awazu Onsen—each with several ryokan of all sizes. Each town has its own distinct character and sights, from Yamashiro Onsen’s town square to Kakusenkei Gorge at Yamanaka Onsen. Kaga Onsen Station, the rail gateway to the area, is just 30 minutes by limited express train from Kanazawa.
Just a short bus ride from Kanazawa is Yuwaku Onsen. There are onsen baths at its inns and ryokan as well as one public bath, Shirasagi no Yu.
Wakura Onsen is the flagship hot-spring town of the Noto Peninsula, with ryokan at a variety of sizes and price points. Many of the baths here face the Sea of Japan. There is a public bath, Soyu, and a free footbath with views of Nanao Bay. Rent a cycle to explore the town and the bay.
Sunsets, towering mountains, rugged coastlines, and endless ocean views all reveal themselves on a relaxed road trip around Ishikawa. The prefecture’s roads are uncrowded, picturesque, and well maintained, making driving a stress-free experience.
Popular road trip stops along the coast of the Noto Peninsula include the towering rock island of Mitsukejima and the 8-kilometer-long sandy beach at Chirihama Nagisa Driveway that allows car traffic. The Shiroyone Senmaida rice terraces abutting the sea form a classic Japanese landscape.
The Hakusan Shirakawa-go White Road, which connects southwestern Ishikawa with the town of Shirakawa-go, winds through a mountainous national park. It passes waterfalls and the easily hiked Mt. Sanpoiwa, atop which there are panoramic views of the Japan Alps.
Ishikawa’s coastal location creates ample opportunities for swimming and sunbathing. Uchinada Beach, near Kanazawa, is one of the prefecture’s premier summer recreation areas.
In the Kaga area, beaches at Katano, Kurosaki, and Hashitate are popular summer relaxation spots. Katano’s sandy shores and pine forest backdrop create stunning sunset scenery, while Hashitate’s surrounding seafood restaurants and nearby Cape Amagozen draw summer visitors.
Chirihama, in the Noto Peninsula, is not only for cars. Many people park on the beach and wade in the water or relax on the sand during the summer. Stalls sell local seafood and other delicacies.