Welcome to Kanazawa & the Hokuriku Coast
The city of Kanazawa, in Ishikawa-ken (石川県), is the biggest draw. Once the power base of the feudal Maeda clan, Kanazawa was, at one time, at the forefront of wealth and culture in Japan – a legacy that can still be seen today, among the city's traditional architecture, artisan workshops and famous garden. To the north, the Noto Peninsula has sweeping seascapes and quiet fishing villages. For more information, see www.hot-ishikawa.jp.
To the west is little Fukui-ken (福井県), home to one of the world's most influential Zen centres, some pretty 'forgotten' towns and fascinating architectural ruins.
Toyama-ken (富山県), at the eastern end, is a manufacturing centre. Its bayfront capital city, Toyama, is the jumping-off point for explorations through the Tateyama mountain range.