Ishikawa Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Ishikawa Prefecture (石川県, Ishikawa-ken) is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of Japan on the island of Honshū.[1] The capital is Kanazawa.[2]

Ishikawa Prefecture
Japanese: 石川県
Map of Japan with Ishikawa highlighted
Capital Kanazawa
Region Chūbu, Hokuriku
Island Honshū
Governor Hiroshi Hase
Area (rank) 4,185.22 km² (35th)
 - % water %
Population  (February 1, 2011)
 - Population 1,168,929 (34th)
 - Density 279.30 /km²
Districts 5
Municipalities 19
ISO 3166-2 JP-17
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Black lily (Fritillaria camtschatcensis)
 - Tree Hiba (Thujopsis dolabrata)
 - Bird Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
 - Fish
Symbol of Ishikawa Prefecture
Symbol of Ishikawa Prefecture
Emblem of Ishikawa Prefecture.svg


Ishikawa was formed merging Kaga Province and the smaller Noto Province.[3]


Ishikawa is on the Sea of Japan coast. Toyama Prefecture and Gifu Prefecture are on the eastern border of the prefecture. The southern border of Ishikawa meets Fukui Prefecture.

The Noto Peninsula is in the northern part of the prefecture. The southern part is mostly of mountains.

Kanazawa is in the coastal plain.

The prefecture includes some islands in the Sea of Japan, including Notojima, Mitsukejima, Hegurajima.


National ParksEdit

National Parks are established in about 13% of the total land area of the prefecture.[4]

Shrines and TemplesEdit

Shirayamahime jinja and Keta jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [5]

Related pagesEdit


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Chūbu" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 126.
  2. Nussbaum, "Kanazawa" at p. 467.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-2-9.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Ishikawa prefecture at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 36°38′N 136°39′E / 36.633°N 136.650°E / 36.633; 136.650