Spots in Kanazawa Area

  • Nomura Samurai Residence
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    4.0
    865 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nagamachi 1-3-32
    A collection of buildings which once served as the residence of the Nomura samurai family during the era of Japan’s feudal domains. This popular tourist destination is located in Kanazawa, Ishikawa. Walking the stone paving and earthen walled alleys of the site, you’ll be able to get a taste of the life a samurai and his lady wife lived during the Edo period. The Nomura family served as regional administrators for generations; today, their home is open to the general public, and visitors can view fusuma screen paintings by the Kano school painter Sasaki Senkei, the interiors of buildings with glass and paper screen doors, tea rooms, and the family garden. Visited by great numbers of tourists from overseas as well, the residence is an internationally renowned sightseeing spot.

    Definitely take the time to explore the Nagamachi district and visit the Nomura house while you at there. Both the neighborhood and the house itself are fascinating.

  • Oyama-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    658 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Oyamamachi 11-1
    You’ll find this shrine in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The founder of the Kaga Clan, Maeda Toshiie, and his lawful wife Matsu are enshrined here. It was constructed in 1873, before which time the spirits were enshrined together in Utasu Hachimangu (the present Utatsu Shrine) at the foot of the Mt. Utatsu. The three-level shrine gate was built in 1875 and combines Japanese, Chinese, and Western styles. It has been designated an Important Cultural Property. Vibrant glass fills the third level, giving it an otherworldly appearance when illuminated at night.

    金沢を代表する神社の一つであるが、建立自体は明治時代と比較的新しい。社殿などの境内の建立物は典型的だが慎ましい雰囲気の漂うが、この神社の最も特徴的な建物が擬洋風建築の神門だろう。門の上に配置されている搭にはめ込まれたステンドグラスは良く目立ち、観光客の写真撮影スポットの一つとして今も尚人気が高い。一方で門を形作る煉瓦は、まるで中国の楼閣のようであり、それでも神社内の建物として違和感なく、また主張し...

  • D.T. Suzuki Museum
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    4.5
    440 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hondamachi 3-4-20
    The D.T. Suzuki Museum in Kanazawa was opened as a place for people to learn about D.T. Suzuki, a renowned Buddhist scholar who was born in Kanazawa, and also as a place for self-reflection. The Museum consists of three halls (the Vestibule, Exhibition Space and Contemplative Space, which are linked by corridors) and three gardens (the Vestibule Garden, Water Mirror Garden, and Roji Garden). The scene of the Contemplative Space building reflected in the shallow pool of water in the Water Mirror Garden is highly photogenic, and has appeared in many different media.

    This is a small but very elegant museum dedicated to the life and work of Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki. He introduced Zen Buddhism to the west. It is not a big museum and you can not see much. But...

  • Kanazawa Hakuchoro Hotel Sanraku
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    4.5
    449 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Marunouchi 6-3
    A hotel located a 15 minute drive from the Kanazawa-higashi Interchange and the Kanazawa-nishi Interchange. The hotel is also conveniently located a few minutes' walk from Kanazawa Castle Park and the Kenrokuen Garden. The hotel has several banquet halls perfect for New Year's parties, welcome home and going away parties, and other events of all scales. The largest banquet hall, the Hosho, can also be subdivided to two thirds and one third size as needed for smaller events. The hotel's banquet halls can be rented out as conference rooms and facilities such as projectors and DVD players can be rented for a fee. In addition, the hotel offers a retro yet elegant Taisho Roman-themed wedding service befitting Kanazawa's status as one of Japan's ancient city. This wedding service also includes spectacular cuisine.

    My husband and I stayed at the hotel for four nights. The hotel is a bit of a trek from the train station, if you are walking with luggage, but the location can’t be beat for access to the two big...

  • Kenrokuen Garden
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kenrokumachi 1
    Kenrokuen is a traditional Japanese-style garden in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The garden is said to have been first constructed in the mid-17th century in the outer bailey of Kanazawa Castle as a private garden for the lords of the Kaga Domain; it has been designated as a National Special Place of Scenic Beauty, and it ranks alongside the Kairakuen garden in Mito and the Korakuen garden in Okayama as one of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan.” Kenrokuen is renowned for its beautiful vistas, which make effective use of how nature changes with the seasons. For example, a special feature of the garden during the winter months is the Yuki-tsuri (ropes attached in a conical array to protect tree branches in a garden during the winter); another seasonal feature is the red and white plum blossom in the plum grove. In 2009 the Kenrokuen garden was awarded three stars (the maximum possible) in the Michelin Green Guide. During the peak tourist season, there is free admission at certain times, and the garden also hosts various special events, such as having the garden illuminated at night, etc.

    Inside the Kenrokuen garden, we came across a large bronze statue of a legendary prince. This is the Meiji monument dedicated to the soldiers who died in the Seinan war following the Meiji...

  • Ochaya Shima (National Important Cultural Property )
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    4.0
    306 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-13-21
    Kanazawa Higashi-rou Shima was built in 1820 in the Kanazawa Higashi Chaya District, and the building to this day hasn’t been altered and remains as it was during the Edo period. It is highly valuable as cultural heritage and has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. The guest rooms on the second floor are structured for the purpose of merrymaking: if the guests sit with their backs to the alcove, the front becomes an anteroom, and it is designed that one can enjoy dancing and artistic accompaniment if the fusuma (Japanese sliding screens) are opened. You can have traditional Kanazawa sweets together with green tea in the tearoom, “Kanson-an”.

    Interesting little museum in former geisha house. They have articles used by the geishas— guitars, drums, hair pins, tip bags. I think it was 500-550 yen, and the museum will take you 15-20...

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    166 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Dewamachi 2-1
    This integrated art museum is located in Dewamachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. It opened in 1959 and was moved to its current location in 1983. The museum collects and displays various works, ranging from the works of artists associated with Ishikawa Prefecture to the antiques associated with the Maeda Family of the Kaga clan, which are its focus, to Japanese-style paintings, oil paintings and sculptures. It also houses a National Treasure, “Iro-e Kiji Koro (Incense burner in the shape of pheasant decorated with overglaze enamels),” by Nonomura Ninsei, and other important cultural properties. There are seven collection exhibition rooms, which are rotated regularly, to display different works. The café created by a patissier Hironobu Tsujiguchi is also very popular.

    Visited to soak in the local art and was pleasantly surprised by the high quality exhibits. The incense burners are particularly lovely in person, as are some of the other historic exhibits. The...

  • Seisonkaku
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    4.5
    203 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kenrokumachi 1-2
    Seisonkaku is a retreat which Nariyasu Maeda, the 13th lord of Kaga Province, built for his mother, Shinryuin, in 1863. It is located next to Kenroku-en Garden, a famous tourist place in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The building has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property and its garden as a National Place of Scenic Beauty. The two-storey building with a shingle roof features the Shoin-zukuri architectural style on the first floor and the Sukiya-zukuri architectural style on the second floor. The luxurious interior decorations, such as the Shoin-no-ma with its impressive purple walls and pastel ultramarine ceiling, as well as the drawing room with a beautiful colored ranma openwork screen are particular must sees.

    Well worth a visit when In Kenrokuen Garden. A two story traditional house with some unusual finishes with many rooms opening to a lovely garden where the sound of running water cools on a...

  • Keta Taisha Shrine
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    4.0
    133 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Hakuishi Jikemachi Cook 1-1
    The Keta Taisha Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Jike Town, Hakui City. The Shrine, which is dedicated to the worship of the Shinto deity Okuninushi-no-mikoto, is said to have been built around 2,000 years ago. The sacred grove in which the Inner Shrine is situated is known as the “Forbidden Forest,” and has been designated as a National Natural Monument (note that there is no admission to the Forest).

    A lot of shrines have forested areas, but they’re often quite manicured. Keta Shrine was like it was made with the forest in mind. Some parts were downright Ghibli-ish, especially the torii that led...

  • Chirihama Beach Driveway
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Prefecture Hakui
    Chirihama Beach Driveway is a tourist highway that extends for approximately 8 km along sandy beach from Imahama, Hodatsushimizu-cho, Hakui District, in Ishikawa Prefecture to Chirihama Town. The sand has been compacted so hard by the action of the waves that it is as hard as a surfaced road, making it possible for cars and buses to drive along the beach; it is the only beach driveway of its kind in Japan. In summer, many tourists visit the area to relax at the beach or go shellfish-gathering. In TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards for the Best Beaches in the World, Chirihama Beach ranked number one within Japan.
  • Omicho Market
    Shopping
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kamioumichou 50
    Omicho Market in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture has been nicknamed “Kanazawa’s Kitchen.” The Market has rows of retail shops selling food products (mainly fresh foods) and miscellaneous daily necessaries; it has underpinned Kanazawa’s gastronomic culture for nearly 300 years, since the Edo period. Fruit juices in which the straw is stuck straight into the fruit, and Kaisen Don (a bowl of rice topped with seafood) with plenty of delicious, fresh seafood toppings are particularly popular with tourists. Omicho Market is around 15 minutes’ walk from Kanazawa Station.
  • Cosmo Isle Hakui
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    4.5
    89 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Hakuishi Tsurutamachi Menda 25
    This museum is located in MendaTsurutamachi, Hakui City. Displayed here are artifacts such as a space capsule that was returned from space, actual materials used in the space program, and research on UFOs. In the adjoining CosmoTheater, a program about space and science is aired on a planetarium dome type screen.

    This is a really fun thing to do if you are in the Hakui area. It is not expensive with an 800JPY entrance fee. No guided tour but a walk through to see actual historical Soviet aerospace items along...

  • Higashi Chaya District
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama
    The Chaya District is a usual sightseeing spot in Kanazawa, selected as a Japanese National Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings, and once a bustling entertainment area certified by the Kaga clan. It is located on the east bank of the Asano River in Higashiyama, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The old-fashioned town remains and along the main street and back alleys there are old town shops characterized by a lattice called “kimusuko”. Many of the stores currently are Japanese restaurants offering Japanese cuisine. In the evenings guests can hear the sound of the shamisen and taiko (Japanese traditional drums) coming from the houses, and feel elegant Japanese culture.
  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kenrokumachi 1-1
    The Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Traditional Arts and Crafts is dedicated to the collection of examples of Ishikawa’s handicraft traditions. The Museum is located next to the Kenroku-en garden (a popular tourist attraction), which can be accessed directly from the Museum’s West Entrance. Inside the Museum there are displays on 36 different traditional crafts, 10 of which are METI-designated Traditional Craft Industries. On Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can see demonstrations of various traditional crafts by expert craftspeople. The Museum also holds pottery-making experience activities and workshops of various kinds. The Museum is situated around 15 minutes’ drive from JR Kanazawa Station.

    Beautiful wares with interesting facts about their construction. (Kaga lanterns last longer because theyre made from rings, rather than a spiral.) Also one of the better shops for finding unique...

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of History
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    4.0
    84 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Dewamachi 3-1
    A history museum located a three minute walk from the Kenrokuen Garden easily identifiable by its eye-catching red brick structure. This building was once used as an armory by the imperial army as well as a facility for the Kanazawa College of Art and has been designated a National Important Cultural Property. As its name indicates, the museum contains exhibits presenting the history and culture of Ishikawa Prefecture, and visitors can trace the eras of the area, from a reconstruction of a Jomon period dog based on excavated bones, to a recreation of a Showa period Japanese living room. The museum also actively engages in a variety of activities, including holding several planned and special exhibitions throughout the year as well as seminars and lectures by curators. In addition, the museum hosts tours of nearby historical sites and temples.

    There is a nice interactive exhibit for kids upstairs. We also like the short films they show of local festivals. The museum isnt huge, but the exhibits are well done, and there is enough English to...

  • Kanazawa Shrine
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    4.0
    85 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kenrokumachi 1-3
    "A Shinto shrine dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, seen as a god of scholarship, adjoining the south side of the Kenrokuen garden a 10 minute drive from JR Kanazawa Station. The shrine was originally established to serve as the guardian shrine of the Meirindo, a domain-run school built in 1794 by Maeda Harunaga, the 11th lord of Kaga Domain. The shrine is also dedicated to Hakuja Ryujin, the white snake god also affectionately known as ""Shirohebi-san"" and ""Mi-san"" who provides protection from fire, floods, and misfortune, as well as granting luck in monetary affairs and business. The grounds bustle with visitors during the shrine's New Year's Day festival as well as during the Hakuja and Tenjin festivals held on the 1st and 25th of every month, respectively. The shrine also allows Shinto-style wedding ceremonies to be held in front of the vibrant, vermillion-lacquered main shrine, a designated National Tangible Protected Cultural Property."

    It is a small Shinto shrine near Kanazawa Reitaku. As I went early in the morning, there were some visitors. Seemingly it is a popular place for local people. The gate and the washing basin are...

  • Ama-Natto Kawamura
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    4.5
    101 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nomachi 2-24-7
    An ama-natto specialty shop located in the Nishi Chaya District in No-machi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Originally providing gifts for geisha to give to favored customers, this popular shop has gained a reputation through word-of-mouth and from celebrities specially ordering its products. Using a variety of ingredients, including dainagon adzuki beans, red kidney beans, chickpeas, pinto beans, and white and black soybeans, the shop creates moist, delicately sweet ama-natto made without preservatives or colorings. The shop’s ama-natto is popular with tourists as a reasonably-priced Kanazawa souvenir. The rear of the shop is used as a takeout café in the summer (opens irregularly) where customers can enjoy shaved ice topped with specially prepared mamemitsu beans in sweet syrup.

    金沢の西茶屋街にあります、久しぶりに来店しました遠方の知人に贈答用の品物を探しに来ました前に来たときから店内はスタイリッシュになっていますまた甘納豆だけでなくドライフルーツ、新しいもなかなど楽しめるお店です。

  • Chirihama Rest House
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    3.5
    36 Reviews
    Transportation
    Ishikawa Pref. Hakuishi Chirihamamachi TA 4-1
    "A rest stop situated at the entrance/exit of the Chirihama Nagisa Driveway. The rest stop's restaurant serves set meals which come with a renowned kaimeshi shellfish rice, seafood rice bowls, and barbecue dishes made with fresh seafood. For souvenirs, the rest stop's ""Hamaguri Senbei,"" crackers made by pressing and frying common orient clams; and painstakingly crafted ""Ika Dango"" dumplings made with fish and squid from the sea off Noto, are particularly popular. The rest stop also operates a campground from May to September. In addition, the rest stop offers rental bicycles including beach cruisers which can be used to ride along the nearby Chirihama beach."

    ツアー観光客向けの大規模なレストランです。2020年9月現在はメニューを減らして営業されています。貝めし600円が見た目も味も良かったです。

  • Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
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    4.5
    91 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Owarichou 2-11-21
    This museum located in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture is dedicated to the subject of phonographs. The museum houses approximately 600 phonographs and 30,000 78 rpm records collected since the mid 1970s-mid 1980s, making it one of the largest museums of its kind in Japan. Three times a day, records are played on different phonographs selected from the collection so that visitors can hear the difference in the sound each produces. The phonographs used range from the wax cylinder phonograph invented by Thomas Edison to a Credenza, which is sometimes called the king of phonographs. The museum's beautiful exterior evokes romanticism for the Taisho era.

    It was a rainy day and being an LP enthusiast I thought I would pop into this museum. It’s a rather small museum with many many phonographs. Spent sometime listening to some records on the 3rd floor...

  • Kanazawa Castle Park
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Marunouchi 1-1
    In addition to the peripheral garden Kenrokuen, Kanazawa Castle Park is a treasure for the people of Ishikawa Prefecture. It is a center of history, and the castle—formerly the home of Kaga’s million-koku strong Maeda clan—is open to the public. There are innumerable sties to see, including Important National Cultural Properties like the Ishikawa Gate, Sanjikken Nagaya, and Tsurumaru Warehouse, as well as the grandeur of recent reconstructions of the Hishiyagura (tower), Gojikken Nagaya (gate), and Hashizume-mon Tsuzuki Yagura (tower). You can get a strong sense of Kaga’s history and culture by visiting there. Approximately 20 minutes by car via Kanazawa-Morimoto Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.

    金沢城公園には石川門から入りましたが、門を入ってすぐに芝生の広い広場にでました。こちらが三の丸広場です。三の丸広場の向こうには、石川城公園のメインの建物である、菱櫓・五十間長屋・橋爪門続櫓が見えていました。広々とした広場でした。

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Long, thin Ishikawa prefecture runs along the Sea of Japan up into Noto Peninsula. Highlights of the seaside towns lining the west coast include Kanazawa, often described as a "Little Kyoto" thanks to its old wooden tea houses and geisha culture as well as its picturesque Japanese garden, Kenroku-en.

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