Kanazawa is the capital of Japan's Ishikawa Prefecture, along the Japan Seacoast. Because of its rich cultural history and preserved art and architecture, it is often called the Jewel of the Hokuriku - Central Honshu - region.
Historically, Kanazawa was the headquarters of the Kaga Domain during the Edo Period (1603-1868). The Kaga Domain was Japan’s second most powerful, after the Tokugawa Shogunate, located in Eastern Honshu.
The Maeda Clan, headquartered in Kanazawa, were the Kaga Domain's feu