|Subdivisions||Districts: 5, Municipalities: 19|
|• Governor||Masanori Tanimoto|
|• Total||4,186.09 km2 (1,616.26 sq mi)|
(February 1, 2011)
|• Density||279.30/km2 (723.4/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-17|
|Bird||Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)|
|Flower||Black lily (Fritillaria camtschatcensis)|
|Tree||Hiba (Thujopsis dolabrata)|
Ishikawa is on the Sea of Japan coast. The northern part of the prefecture consists of the narrow Noto Peninsula, 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, Mitsukejima, Hegurajima.
As of 1 April 2012, 13% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Hakusan National Park; Echizen-Kaga Kaigan and Noto Hantō Quasi-National Parks; and five Prefectural Natural Parks.
Eleven cities are located in Ishikawa Prefecture:
These are the towns in each district:
Ishikawa's industry is dominated by the textile industry, particularly artificial fabrics, and the machine industry, particularly construction machinery.
Ishikawa Prefecture has an area of 4,186.09 km² and, as of 1 April 2011, it has a population of 1,166,643 persons.
|Population density||Persons per km²||278.72|
|Number of households||Households||441,980|
|Income per person||Thousand yen||2,707|
|Power consumed||Kwh per household||6,446|
|Number of doctors||Physicians per
The area is noted for arts and crafts and other cultural traditions:
The most popular destination in Ishikawa is Kanazawa. Tourists can get to Ishikawa by plane via either the Komatsu or Noto airports. Popular sites include:
Ishikawa has a number of universities:
The current governor of Ishikawa is Masanori Tanimoto who was first elected in 1994 and has been reelected for a sixth term in the gubernatorial election in March 2014. Tanimoto is currently one of two governors who are in their sixth term nationwide, the other being Masaru Hashimoto of Ibaraki. Tanimoto is only the fourth governor of Ishikawa since 1947 when prefectural governors became elected offices, as predecessor Yōichi Nakanishi had held the governorship even longer than Tanimoto, winning his first election in 1963 and then serving eight consecutive terms until his death in 1994.
The prefectural assembly of Ishikawa has 43 members and is elected in unified local elections (last round: 2011) in 15 SNTV electoral districts – six single-member, five two-member, one three-member, two four-member districts and the Kanazawa City district that elects 16 members. As of February 26, 2014, the LDP prefectural assembly caucus has 25 members and no other group has more than four members.
In the National Diet, Ishikawa is represented by three directly elected members of the House of Representatives and two (one per election) of the House of Councillors. Additional members from the prefecture may be elected in the proportional representation segments of both houses: the Hokuriku-Shin'etsu proportional representation block in the lower house, the proportional election to the upper house is nationwide. After the Diet elections of 2010, 2012 and 2013, the five directly elected members from Ishikawa districts are all Liberal Democrats, namely:
Eizo Corporation (EIZO株式会社, EIZO Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese visual technology company who manufacturers high-end computer displays, founded in March 1968. It has its headquarters in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture.EIZO, pronounced AY-ZO, means "image" or "vision" in Japanese. EIZO develops and manufactures high-end display products and other solutions for markets such as business, healthcare, graphics, air traffic control, and maritime.Hakusan, Ishikawa
Hakusan (白山市, Hakusan-shi) is a city located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 January 2018, the city had an estimated population of 113,375 in 43246 households, and a population density of 290 persons per km². The total area of the city was 754.93 square kilometres (291.48 sq mi). It is the second-most populous city in Ishikawa Prefecture after Kanazawa.Hokuriku Broadcasting Company
Hokuriku Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (北陸放送株式会社, Hokuriku Hōsō Kabushiki-gaisha), also known as MRO, is a Japanese broadcast network affiliated with the Japan News Network (JNN). Their headquarters are located in Ishikawa Prefecture.
The "MRO" abbreviation is taken from the last letters of the call signs "JOMR" and "JOMO" of the Kanazawa and Nanao broadcasting stations, respectively. JOMO is no longer operational.Ishikawa Athletics Stadium
Ishikawa Athletics Stadium (石川県西部緑地公園陸上競技場, Ishikawa-ken Seibu Ryokuchi-kōen Rikujōkyōgijō) is an athletic stadium in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan.Kaga, Ishikawa
Kaga (加賀市, Kaga-shi) is a city located in southwestern Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2018, the city had an estimated population of 67,793 in 29054 households, and a population density of 290 persons per km². The total area of the city was 305.87 square kilometres (118.10 sq mi).Kaga Province
Kaga Province (加賀国, Kaga-no-kuni) was a province of Japan in the area that is today the south and western portion of Ishikawa Prefecture in the Hokuriku region of Japan. Kaga bordered on Echizen, Etchū, Hida, and Noto Provinces. It was part of Hokurikudō Circuit. Its abbreviated form name was Kashū (加州).Kanazawa Castle
Kanazawa Castle (金沢城, Kanazawa-jō) is a large, partially-restored castle in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It is located adjacent to the celebrated Kenroku-en Garden, which once formed the castle's private outer garden. It was the headquarters of Kaga Domain, ruled by the Maeda clan for 14 generations from the Sengoku period until the coming of the Meiji Restoration in 1871.Kanazawa Samuraiz
Kanazawa Samuraiz (Japanese: 金沢武士団, romanized: Kanazawa Samuraizu) is a professional basketball based in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The club plays in the third division of the B.League, which is the 3rd tier of basketball in the country.Katsuya Kakunaka
Katsuya Kakunaka (角中 勝也, born May 25, 1987 in Nanao, Ishikawa) is a Japanese professional baseball outfielder for the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.Komatsu, Ishikawa
Komatsu (小松市, Komatsu-shi) is a city located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2018, the city had an estimated population of 108,509 in 42664 households, and a population density of 290 persons per km². The total area of the city was 371.05 square kilometres (143.26 sq mi).Komatsu Airport
Komatsu Airport (小松飛行場, Komatsu Hikōjō) (IATA: KMQ, ICAO: RJNK) is an international airport located 4.2 km (2.6 mi) west southwest of Komatsu Station in the city of Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It is the largest airport in the Hokuriku region and serves the southern portion of Ishikawa Prefecture including the capital of Kanazawa (which has its IATA city code QKW), as well as Fukui and the northern portion of Fukui Prefecture.
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force Komatsu Base (小松基地 Komatsu Kichi) shares the runway with civil aviation; the inland-side taxiway is used by the JASDF and the sea-side one is used by civilian flights. The base hosts a Kōkū-sai (Air Festival) every September, featuring demo flights by fighter and rescue aircraft as well as the Blue Impulse acrobat flight team. It often hosts technical competitions of the JASDF. The "Airspace G" is a large training airspace over the Sea of Japan to the north of the base.
The airport has a single passenger terminal building serving domestic and international flights. Its international cargo terminal, known as HIACT (Hokuriku International Air Cargo Terminal), is owned by a consortium of government and corporate entities and aims to serve as an international distribution center for cargo from Europe and other continents. Its runway surface has been upgraded to enable non-stop freighter flights to and from Europe and North America in late 2006.Mount Haku
Mount Haku (白山, Haku-san, "White Mountain"), or Mount Hakusan (commonly referred to as simply Hakusan), is a dormant volcano. The stratovolcano is located on the borders of Gifu and Ishikawa (which are in Honshu) prefectures in Japan. It is thought to have first been active 300,000 to 400,000 years ago, with the most recent eruption occurring in 1659. Along with Mount Tate and Mount Fuji, it is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains" (三霊山, Sanreizan).Nomi, Ishikawa
Nomi (能美市, Nomi-shi) is a city located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2018, the city had an estimated population of 50,132 in 18585 households, and a population density of 600 persons per km². The total area of the city was 84.14 square kilometres (32.49 sq mi).Noto-Satoyama Kaidō
The Noto-Satoyama Kaidō (のと里山海道) is a free national expressway in the Japanese prefecture of Ishikawa. As of July 2019, it connects the town Uchinada to the town Wajima, spanning nearly the entire Noto Peninsula from south to north. Much of the northern portion of the road runs concurrently with the Nōetsu Expressway. It is owned and operated by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and is signed as E41 and E86 under their "2016 Proposal for Realization of Expressway Numbering."Noto Airport
Noto Airport (能登空港, Noto Kūkō) (IATA: NTQ, ICAO: RJNW), also unofficially known as Wajima Airport (輪島空港, Wajima Kūkō) is a domestic airport located 6.4 NM (11.9 km; 7.4 mi) south southeast of the city of Wajima on the Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.
The airport is a four-story building with two jetways. It is officially designated a third class airport.Noto Province
Noto Province (能登国, Noto-no kuni) was a province of Japan in the area that is today the northern part of Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan, including the Noto Peninsula (Noto-hantō) which is surrounded by the Sea of Japan. Noto bordered on Etchū and Kaga provinces to the south, and was surrounded by the Sea of Japan to the east, north and west. Its abbreviated form name was Nōshū (能州).Nōetsu Expressway
The Nōetsu Expressway (能越自動車道, Nōetsu Jidōshadō) is an incomplete national expressway in Toyama Prefecture and Ishikawa Prefecture. It is owned and operated primarily by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), but also has sections maintained and tolled by the Toyama and Ishikawa Prefecture Road Corporations. The route is signed E41 under MLIT's "2016 Proposal for Realization of Expressway Numbering" and also as National Route 470.Tedori River
The Tedori River (手取川, Tedorigawa) is a river in southern Ishikawa Prefecture in the Hokuriku region of Japan. The river originates on Hakusan, the highest peak in the Hakusan National Park on the border between Ishikawa and Gifu Prefecture, and flows in a generally northern direction to the Sea of Japan. The river is used extensively for irrigation, and for the generation of hydroelectric power.Zweigen Kanazawa
Zweigen Kanazawa (ツエーゲン金沢 Tsuēgen Kanazawa) is a Japanese football club based in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. They play in the J2 League.