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Advantages of working at Kanazawa University and living in Ishikawa Prefecture

Excellent environment for childcare

  • No need to wait for nursery schools
    Since the start of the statistical survey by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, there has been no child who needed to wait to enter a nursery school in Ishikawa Prefecture (as of February 2023). With many nursery schools, Ishikawa is one of the best places for childcare.
  • Ranked 2nd in national female employment rate (2021)
    Ishikawa offers a favorable environment for working mothers, including many nursery schools and kindergartens and support from communities, teachers of elementary schools and after-school children’s clubs, mothers of classmates, and colleagues.
  • Premium passport
    Some companies in Ishikawa offer support for families with two or more children aged younger than 18 (including preborn babies). Various benefits (such as discounts) are provided when you show your premium passport at the shops (participating companies).

Ranked highly in the living environment ranking

In recent years, multiple cities in Ishikawa have consistently been ranked highly in the Japanese living environment ranking, which is based on 20 datapoints measured from the four perspectives of safety, convenience, comfort and wealth.
The prefecture, however, has many rainy and snowy days; therefore, housing with space for drying laundry is recommended.

2022 3rd: Nonoichi City, 5th: Hakusan City, 6th: Kanazawa City
2021 1st: Nonoichi City, 6th: Hakusan City, 8th: Kanazawa City
2020 1st: Nonoichi City, 4th: Hakusan City, 7th: Kanazawa City, 8th: Komatsu City, 10th: Nomi City

Delicious food

Ishikawa boasts a rich gastronomic culture and produces a wide variety of seafood, crops and vegetables. Seafood such as crabs, sweet shrimp and rosy seabass are especially famous and even reasonably-priced conveyor belt sushi restaurants offer excellent sushi. The local rice and sake are very delicious, and Kaga vegetables such as Gorojima sweet potato and Kaga lotus root are also recommended.

Abundant nature

You can reach the ocean or mountains within 30 minutes by car from the central area of Kanazawa, so you can enjoy fishing and swimming in summer and skiing and snowboarding in winter. The Kanazawa University Kakuma Campus is located in a mountainous area; the cherry blossoms are beautiful in spring, bamboo shoots and beetles can be found, and bears and wild boars are sometimes seen.

Easy access from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya

Ishikawa is easy to access from Japan’s major cities. By using the Shinkansen super express or an express train, it is possible to arrive from Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya in 2.5 to 3 hours. Also, Komatsu Airport offers regular services to major airports such as Haneda, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Naha.

Hot springs and sightseeing spots

You can take a rest in the nearby hot spring resorts on your holidays. Yuwaku Hot Spring is located in Kanazawa and there are several other hot spring resorts within a 1.5-hour drive, such as Wakura Hot Spring in the Noto area and Kaga Hot Springs (Awazu, Yamashiro and Yamanaka). There are also many sightseeing spots in Kanazawa such as Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Castle, Higashi Chaya Area and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Please enjoy visiting these sites and experience the local traditional crafts.