Where the traditional and the modern meets.
The best of Japan in one place–Ishikawa Prefecture.
Message from The Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture
Ishikawa Prefecture is located almost in the center of the Japanese archipelago. From north to south it is a long prefecture, with a peninsula and surrounded by the sea on three sides. It is geographically unique with various features including the sea, mountains, rivers and plains. Ishikawa is at a similar latitude to Tokyo where the Olympic stadiums are located, and in addition to its relative proximity to the capital city, your country’s athletes will be able to train and get into peak condition in a climate similar to when they compete.
Getting to Tokyo is easy – it is approximately 1 hour by plane from one of the two airports in Ishikawa, and access to the airports from the training venues is good. In 2015, the Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullet train) line opened, joining Kanazawa and Tokyo in only 2.5 hours.
Ishikawa Prefecture is steeped in the history and culture of the Kaga Clan, and has an abundance of nature typified by traditional Japanese agricultural landscapes and coastal areas. It is a region filled with opportunities to experience and relax, with some of Japan’s best hot springs, fresh seafood and other produce, but above all, a welcoming, hospitable culture. We are proud of these authentic experiences that can transcend language and culture. We hope that you will take this opportunity to experience Japan, right here in Ishikawa.
Compared to physical conditioning amongst the hustle and bustle of the big city, in Ishikawa Prefecture the training and accommodation options here are quiet, and sure to lead to great performance.
We hope that the athletes and their coaches will achieve great results at the Olympics, and so we hope that you will consider Ishikawa Prefecture in your selection of a Pre-Games Training Camp location. The people of Ishikawa will be ready and waiting to welcome you!
Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi
Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi located in the Noto Peninsula which juts out into the Japan Sea was designated as Japan’s first Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) in June 2011 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Features of Ishikawa’s Towns and Cities
An area representative of the Satoyama and Satoumi socio-ecological areas designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems. The water, air and sea are clean and the food is fresh. The quiet environment of the small city of Wajima is the perfect place for a focused training camp. The training venue is located within a 30 minute drive from Noto Satoyama Airport.
Wajima City Public Gymnasium
An area which includes holiday spots in the great outdoors. There is the District called Shikanosato with a number of sports facilities and accommodation options nearby. Athletes can focus on their training and get refreshed at the pool, golf course or tennis courts. The training venue is located about a 50 minute drive from Noto Satoyama Airport or a 70 minute drive from the Hokuriku Shinkansen Kanazawa Station.
Shika Town General Martial Arts Gym
A center of economic activity in the Hokuriku District, with a mix of modern and traditional culture. Together with the attractive streetscapes is the active culture of traditional arts, crafts and performing arts. International conventions are often held, and there are a number of quality accommodation options. The training venue is located within an hour’s drive of Komatsu Airport and a 30 minute drive from the Hokuriku Shinkansen Kanazawa Station.
An area of abundant nature with Mt. Hakusan, the majestic flow of the Tedori River, beautiful coastlines and the Japan Sea. Athletes can train in a quiet environment as well as get refreshed right in amogst nature. The training venue is located within a 30 minute drive of both Komatsu Airport and the Hokuriku Shinkansen Kanazawa Station.
Matto Comprehensive Sports Park Gymnasium
An area that developed as an industrial city and acts as a center for Southern Kaga. The sacred Mt. Hakusan dominates the eastern skyline, towering over the hills, rural areas and plains below. There are a number of quality accommodation options for a comfortable training camp. Komatsu Airport is located within the city limits, and the training venue is located within a 10 minute drive of the airport.
Kaga City has many hot springs, authentic Japanese cuisine, and also beautiful traditional crafts like Kutani porcelain and Yamanaka lacquerware. The City is known for having the largest hot spring tourism area on the Sea of Japan, where is located the three well-known hot springs in Japan, namely: Yamashiro Hot Spring, Yamanaka Hot Spring, and Katayamazu Hot Spring. These hot springs each have different characteristics and are invigorating for both body and mind.
The training venue is conveniently located from the nearest Komatsu Airport, about 30 minutes by car.