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Kanazawa
金沢

Japanese representative castle town:

Kanazawa is the biggest city in Hokuriku region facing the Sea of Japan, and the figure of the beautiful castle town which continued more than 400 years remains. It is the characteristic of this area that it has abundant cultural properties. Stay overnight at least and feel the atmosphere of an old Japanese castle town because there are many highlights.


 

Access and Getting Around

Kanazawa is the terminal of the Hokuriku Shinkansen, so it is possible to get directly, and bus services from various cities of Kanto, Kansai, Chubu are available, which is really convenient. Planes from various parts of Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China arrive at Komatsu Airport directly. Hokuriku motorway is available for vehicles. A tour bus goes round the sightseeing spots, buying a one-day ticket. Going round by rental bicycle is within the reach.

By train

2 hours 30 minutes from Tokyo Station to Kanazawa Station by the Hokuriku
Shinkansen with 1 train per 40 minutes to 1 hour; 2 hours 30 minutes from Osaka Station by the Hokuriku Line with 1 train per 30 minutes.

By bus

8 hours from Shibuya in Tokyo with 1 night bus service, 4 hours 50 minutes from Osaka with 2 buses services per day. Others.

By plane

1 hour from Haneda, Tokyo, 12 flights a day; other flights from Sapporo, Sendai, Fukuoka, Okinawa, Seoul, Shanghai and Taibei.

By car

6 hours 20 minutes from Tokyo Station, 3 hours 45 minutes from Osaka Station.

Kanazawa

Features

Kenrokuen

-Historic Sites 

Kenrokuen is the Japanese garden built for a long time by Maeda Family who governed this area more than 400 years ago.Trees are planted around a big pond in the garden, which is made to create the beauty of nature.It is easy to get because it is adjacent with the Kanazawa castle site.There is Seisonkaku Villa in the garden and a feudal lord prepared it for his wife as a retiring place....

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Kaga yuzen Museum

-Culture 

Kaga yuzen is a traditional high-quality kimono Kanazawa.Because it is possible to display, to experience dyeing and to wear a kimono in the museum,tourists can come into contact with the elegant Kanazawa culture.It is near the Kenroku-en Garden.  ...

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Higashi-chayamachi

-Historic Sites 

As for Chayamachi, it is like current cafe or restaurant street, shopsprovide Japanese green tea and cakes are called Chaya (means tea house).It is the biggest tea house street in Kanazawawhere traditional old Japanese wooden houses form a street....

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Shima

-Historic Sites 

Shima is in Higashi-chayamachi, where various articles used in the old days in a teahouse are displayed.It is designated as the important cultural proper of the country,it may be a sample of Japanese teahouse culture....

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Yasue gold leaf industrial arts house

-Culture 

Kanazawa is a town of producing gold leaf which produces the most of the Japanese gold leaf products.Yasue (1898-1997), who is a gold leaf craftsman, wanted to leave"the pride of the gold leaf craftsman and the proof" in history,so he invested his own money in collecting artworks and tools of gold leafand then have been displaying all his collections.It is a good place for visitors to know about t...

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Gyokusenen

-Historic Sites 

Gyokusenen is a Japanese garden near the Kenrokuen Garden with a tea house in it,where tourists can experience the tea ceremony. ...

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Samurai Residence of Terashima-kurando

-Historic Sites 

There is a beautiful small Japanese garden in the residence and it is a tea room too.A tourist can have a relaxing time because of few people.  ...

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Kazuemachi-chayamachi

-Historic Sites 

This teahouse is close to Higashi-chayamachi, but it is quieter than there,and the scene along the river is very charming....

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Nagamachi Samurai Residence Street

-Historic Sites 

Trace of the house of the samurai remains in the Naga-machi samurai residence nearby,located near the Kanazawa Castle site,and the cityscapes of the earthen wall, city water and stone pavementreally makes tourists feel its calm atmosphere....

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Samurai Residence of Nomura Family

-Historic Sites 

It is the only samurai residence for the visitors to be allowed to enter, in Naga-machi,where the typical residence of the old-time high level samurai is seen.   ...

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Ashigaru Archives Hall

-Historic Sites 

Ashigaru means a common soldier of lower-class samurai,who lived a poor life unlike a higher-class samurai.This museum was relocated and rebuilt the old house of the common soldierand displays the life of the common soldier....

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Shinise Memorial Hall

-Culture 

The building of an old drugstore becomes the museum.It is interesting to understand the state of the drugstore of the Edo period in a solid building and feel times....

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Oumicho Market

-Food 

It is the biggest market in Kanazawa which gets close to the citizens like a kitchen.It is in the center of the city, be sure to have a visit....

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Teramachi

-Historic Sites 

Teramachi is a block of town where temples are concentrated,there are various individual temples.Because it is reachable on foot from Nishi-chayamachi,enjoy its atmosphere while taking a walk leisurely....

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Kutani Chinaware Potteries

-Culture 

Kutani chinaware potteries are famous for pictures of unique colorationand chinaware potteries are here and there in the suburb of Kanazawa,it is hoped that those interested in the ceramic art are sure to visit and have an experience.Kutani-kosengama is in the Nishi-chayamachi which ceramic lovers want to pay a visit.Nishi-chayamachi is not so wide as Higashi-chayamachi, but it was also developed ...

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Daijo-ji Temple

-Temples 

Daijo-ji Temple is the temple which is famous for Zen meditation.Zen meditation is carried out at half past four every day and the afternoon of Sunday,those interested in Japanese Zen culture can participate freely, which is recommended.In addition, it is possible to stay a night and have a full experience of Zen meditation.A prior reservation is necessary. Of course, to sit in on the temple witho...

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Ono Karakuri Memorial

-Recreational Facilities 

The Ono Karakuri Memorial is at the Kanazawa Port.“Karakuri”means a doll of the traditional Japanese machine device, anyone is allowed to touch it,so not only children but also adults can enjoy touching it. ...

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Accommodation around Kanazawa

Links

Kanazawa City Tourism Association

Kanazawa City

Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League

 

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