Introducing Ishikawa Prefecture
Ishikawa Prefecture (石川県; Ishikawa-ken), made up of the former Kaga and Noto fiefs, offers a blend of cultural and historical sights and natural beauty. Kanazawa, the Kaga capital and power base of the feudal Maeda clan, boasts traditional architecture and one of Japan's most famous gardens. To the north, the peninsula, Noto-hantō, has sweeping seascapes and quiet fishing villages. Hakusan National Park, near the southern tip of the prefecture, offers great hiking. You can find good overviews at www.hot-ishikawa.jp.
From the towers and gadgets of Tokyo to the serenity of sacred shrines and the soaring beauty of Mt Fuji, this trip provides the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time to explore this fascinating region at your own pace.