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 is a prefecture of Japanmarker located in the Chūbu regionmarker on Honshūmarker island. The capital is Kanazawa.


Ishikawa was formed from the merger of Kaga Province and the smaller Noto Province.


Ishikawa is on the Sea of Japanmarker coast. The northern part of the prefecture consists of the narrow Noto Peninsulamarker, while the southern part is wider and consists mostly of mountains, with the prefecture's chief city, Kanazawa, located in the coastal plain.The prefecture also has some islands, including Notojima, Mitsukejimamarker, Hegurajimamarker.


Ten cities are located in Ishikawa Prefecture:

Towns and villages

Towns and villages in each district:



Ishikawa's industry is dominated by the textile industry, particularly artificial fabrics, and the machine industry, particularly construction machinery.
Map of Ishikawa Prefecture.


Ishikawa Prefecture has an area of 4,185 km² and as of April 1, 2006 it has a population of 1,698,539 persons.

Data Unit Statistics
Area km² 4,185
Population Persons 1,698,539
Population density Persons per km² 405
Number of households Households 411,341
Income per person Thousand yen 2,707
Power consumed Kwh per household 6,446
Number of doctors Physicians per100,000 people 249


The area is noted for arts and crafts and other cultural traditions:
  • Nō was introduced to the area during the rule of the fifth Maeda lord Tsunanori and was refined into the style of Kaga hosho.
  • The tea ceremony was introduced in 1666 when Maeda Toshitsune invited Senbiki Soshitsu of urasenke to Kanazawa.
  • Kutani porcelain (Kutani yaki) is a bright colored glaze like Chinese porcelain.
  • Ohi teaware (Ōhi yaki) is a pottery with a style unique to Kanazawa.
  • Kaga silk (Kaga yūzen) is made with complicated silk print technique with an intentional rough look (wabi-sabi).
  • Kanazawa lacquerware (Kanazawa shikki) is high quality lacquerware traditionally decorated with gold dust.
  • Kanazawa gold leaf (Kanazawa haku) is produced with a technique of beating gold into wafer-thin sheets.
  • Kaga mizuhiki is ribbon-like decoration made from glued Japanese paper (washi).
  • Kaga inlay crafts (Kaga zōgan) are made with a combination of thin flat and thread metal inlays.


The most popular destination in Ishikawa is Kanazawa. Tourists can get to Ishikawa by plane via Komatsu.

Prefectural symbols

Miscellaneous topics

  • Hideki Matsui, a current player for the New York Yankees, was born and raised in Neagari Town (now Nomi City), Ishikawa. He gained fame as a baseball player while attending high school in Kanazawa.
  • Daisuke Nakata, a trampolinist who has competed in the Olympics in the past, is from Ishikawa.


Ishikawa hosts a number of well-known universities.

Hokuriku University - a small liberal arts university with a School of Pharmacy and a School of Future Learning that gives instruction in Business, Economics, and Foreign Language (Chinese and English).

Kanazawa University

Kanazawa Institute of Technology

Kanazawa Medical University

Kanazawa Gakuin University

Kinjo Junior College

Ishikawa Prefectural Nursing University

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Kanazawa Seiryo University

Kanazawa College of Art

Ishikawa Agricultural College

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