From to craft to cars, Kaga has a range of attractions ideally suited to family groups
Okashi-jo Kagahan & Nippon Origami Museum
Okashi-jo Kagahan is one of the Kaga area’s most well-established traditional sweet makers, and with more than 300 types to choose from under the one roof, it’s a paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Their vast shop floor attracts more than a million visitors every year, and apart from showcasing its range of artfully constructed treats, has a workshop corner where all are welcome to experience the fun of making their own.
The Nippon Origami Museum is located on the second floor of Okashi-jo Kagahan, and puts this traditional Japanese art in new perspectives with 5,000 different types of origami. In amongst them is the world’s smallest origami paper crane, only visible through a microscope, and a collection of lifelike origami dinosaurs.
Located in a lush forest, Yunokuni-no-Mori is a rustic collection of thatched houses dedicated to the traditional art and craft of Ishikawa. It’s a popular family destination for its huge selection of more than 50 workshops, including Kaga-Yuzen silk dyeing, pottery, soba noodle making, and gold leaf decoration.
Yunokuni-no-Mori also offers the opportunity to go behind the scenes and watch skilled local artisans at work, with a variety of original craft pieces on sale that make beautiful souvenirs of Kaga.
The Motorcar Museum of Japan
The Motorcar Museum of Japan showcases a century’s worth of cars, including classic and antique models, across five different floors in a character red brick building. An hour to the south of Kanazawa in the city of Komatsu, its range of displays include rare three-wheelers, and extensive cabinets of miniature cars.
The museum shop has some hard-to-resist miniatures kids love, and the unexpected touch of ladies and gents toilets with 40 unique models from 15 different countries has great novelty value!
All of these destinations can be visited easily on Kaga City’s CANBUS service:
Official Ishikawa Travel Guide: