Ishikawa

Two thousand cherry trees welcome you to Ishikawa!

The Imade and Kitasu rivers run through the center of this town and are lined with cherry tree after cherry tree. Some two thousand cherries adorn Ishikawa in spring, among the 500-year-old Takada Cherry (edohigan variety) that stands as a symbol of the town. You can even enjoy the blossoms at night during limited-time illumination events.

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History / Culture

The Juken Suzuki Residence, designated as a cultural asset by the town of Ishikawa, was the home of Shouemon Suzuki and his son Juken, two men who were instrumental in the Freedom and People's Rights Movement for democracy in the Meiji period. It was used as the meeting place for the Ishikawa Ward Club in September 1874, with Hironaka Kono (a leader of the movement who would go on to be elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives) serving as the first mayor of the ward. The building also served as the district offices for Ishikawa-gun between February 1879 and October 1882. It was restored in August 2018 and opened as a facility where people can learn about the Freedom and People's Rights Movement in the Ishikawa region through local education and exchange activities.

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Tourism

One of the biggest draws of Ishikawa is the quality of its hot spring water at Bobata-Ishikawa Onsen Village, which has some of the highest radium content anywhere in the Tohoku region. There are nine hot spring inns of various sizes dotted around this quiet mountain valley settlement, which you can enjoy on a day trip, as a travel destination, or even as a therapeutic retreat. Just in front of the path leading up to Iwatsutsu-kowake Shrine (once the most prominent shrine in Mutsu Province) is a stone sculpture of flying parent-and-child lion dogs by the renowned sculptor Wahei Kobayashi. Come see this piece that expresses the power of these guardians while also revealing a sweet gentleness in the way the parent dog protects its child.

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Buy / Eat

Kirara no Hatsukoi is an original brand of junmai sake made in Ishikawa. It is brewed in winter using a brand of Ishikawa-grown brewer's rice called Miyama Nishiki, which makes for a clean-tasting, easy-drinking brew.
Other wonderful local products include konnyaku made from spring water and 100% locally-grown konnyaku flour with a total commitment to safety and reliability. The methods used have been carefully handed down for generations, and involve a slow, painstaking low-temperature maturation process that takes more than three times longer than typical product--showcasing the natural springiness and taste of authentic konnyaku.

Access

Tohoku Shinkansen
Tokyo ← About 1 hour 20 minutes → Koriyama
Fukushima ← About 20 minutes → Koriyama
Sendai ← About 40 minutes → Koriyama
Morioka ← About 2 hours 20 minutes → Koriyama
Tohoku Line
Fukushima ← About 1 hour → Koriyama
Shirakawa ← About 40 minutes → Koriyama
Suigun Line
Mito ← About 3 hours 20 minutes → Koriyama
Ban-etsu West Line
Aizuwakamatsu ← About 1 hour 15 minutes → Koriyama
Ban-etsu East Line
Iwaki ← About 1 hour 40 minutes → Koriyama
Tohoku Expressway
Urawa I.C. ← About 2 hours 30 minutes → Koriyama
Sendai-Minami I.C. ← About 1 hour 30 minutes → Koriyama
Koriyama ← About 55 minutes → Ishikawa
Ban-etsu Expressway
Niigata-Chuo I.C. ← About 2 hours 30 minutes → Koriyama
Iwaki I.C. ← About 1 hour 30 minutes → Koriyama
Koriyama ← About 55 minutes → Ishikawa