Food

Sake

The sake of Ishikawa is made with selected ingredients, time, effort, and...passion

Japanese sake is made by adding human passion to rice and water. The basics of Japanese cuisine, such as soy sauce, miso, rice vinegar, and mirin (sweet rice wine), are all fermented seasonings made with "koji". Ishikawa Prefecture is known as "the kingdom of fermentation," and takes pride in its many delicious fermented foods. Moreover, the seafood from the Sea of Japan and the food from the mountains, enhanced by the local famous sake, are the perfect match in Japanese dining. We also recommend visiting the local sake breweries where you can experience sake brewing up close, as well as sake tasting.

Seasonal Delicacies

Ishikawa Prefecture is a treasure-trove for gourmets

"Seafood from the Sea of Japan"

In Ishikawa Prefecture you can enjoy plenty of fresh seafood from the Sea of Japan, such as "Kanou-gani" crab, "Ama-ebi" (pink shrimp), "Nodo-guro" (rosy seabass), "Iwagaki" (rock oyster) and "Fugu" (puffer fish). You must absolutely try super fresh sashimi and beautifully arranged sushi and seafood bowls.

"We are also proud of our variety of ingredients such as local vegetables, rice, and meat"

We recommend trying the unique and varied ingredients of Ishikawa Prefecture such as local vegetables (for example "Kaga yasai" and "Noto yasai" ), rare beef brands, and fine wines.

"Enjoy a variety of gourmet dishes with beautiful made-in-Ishikawa tableware."

The best way to enjoy the delicious cuisine of Ishikawa is with matching tableware, such as "Wajima-nuri" (Wajima lacquer) and "Kutani ware", that are a part of the traditional crafts of Ishikawa Prefecture. These artisanal pieces, produced through superb craftsmanship, enhance the taste of our cuisine.

Sweets

Ishikawa, the prefecture of confectionery

The "Chanoyu" (tea ceremony) culture that flourished in Ishikawa has had a major impact on the development of Japanese sweets enjoyed with tea. Kanazawa is famous for being one of the three major prefectures for confectionery in Japan. Your eyes, and taste buds, will be amazed by the variety of ingenious techniques for representing seasonal flowers and other shapes of nature in small freshly-made confections. How about taking part in the "Japanese sweets making" experience so you can try your hand at those techniques?