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Komatsu
City
Top: Komatsu AirportAtaka Barrier, Nata-deraKomatsu Castle, Dainichi RiverOtabi Matsuri
Top: Komatsu Airport
Ataka Barrier, Nata-dera
Komatsu Castle, Dainichi River
Otabi Matsuri
Flag of Komatsu
Flag
Official seal of Komatsu
Seal
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Hokuriku)
Prefecture Ishikawa Prefecture
Population (March 1, 2018)
 • Total 108,509
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Official website

Komatsu is a city located in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It is located in southwestern Ishikawa Prefecture in the Hokuriku region of Japan and is bordered by the Sea of Japan to the east and Fukui Prefecture to the south. It is located about an hour driving distance southwest from Kanazawa (the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture).

History

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Old town

The area around Komatsu was part of ancient Kaga Province. The area became part Kaga Domain under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. Komatsu housed the retirement castle of Maeda Toshitsune. While nearly all of the castle was demolished, its garden still remains as Rojou Park. In the spring, this is one of the prefecture's best spots for cherry blossom viewing.

Following the Meiji restoration, the area was organised into Nomi District, Ishikawa. The town of Komatsu was established with the creation of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Komatsu merged with surrounding municipalities to become a city on December 1, 1940.

Komatsu was traditionally known for the production of Kutani ware ceramics and for silk. Komatsu Limited, the construction and mining equipment company, was founded in Komatsu in 1921.

Hoshi Ryokan
Hoshi Ryokan

Local attractions

  • Site of Komatsu Castle
  • Nata-dera Buddhist temple complex
  • Yunokuni-no-mori traditional handicrafts village
  • Hoshi Ryokan (claimed to be world's second oldest hotel)
  • Motorcar Museum of Japan, the largest museum dedicated to motor vehicles in Japan with a 12,000 square metre display area
  • Awazu Onsen, a hot spring resort

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