Spots in Kanazawa Area

  • Kanazawa Castle Park
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    2156 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.

    While not worth seeking out as a highlight, but if in Kanazawa it is worth walking up and around. Quite dramatic up on the hill and stark white. And then the gardens are close by.

  • Myoryu-ji Temple
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    1254 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nomachi 1-2-12
    The Myoryu-ji Temple is a Nichiren Buddhist temple in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The Temple was founded by Maeda Toshitsune, the third lord of the Kaga Domain. Its complex defensive architecture, including many features designed to confuse attackers, led to it being nicknamed the “Ninja Temple.” The Temple interior is full of ingenious features such as offertory boxes and steps that hide pitfalls, hidden rooms, etc. What appears from the outside to be a two-storey building actually has four stories, with a total of 23 rooms. Tours can be booked in advance by telephone; it may be possible to book a place for the same day if there are any places vacant on that day’s tour.

    My hotel helped me book a tour in advance. Yes its a bit disappointing that they dont do an english tour but the printed book they hand out in exchange provides enough info. Its fun seeing all the...

  • Nomura Samurai Residence
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    859 Reviews
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    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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    641 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.

    There are a lot of big garden sights in Kanazawa, itd be easy to skip the lovely Oyama Shrine and its gardens. The guilded frogs on the lily pads are worth a close look as our the gardens. Its...

  • D.T. Suzuki Museum
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    4.5
    435 Reviews
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    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.

    My ryokan host said this was his favourite museum. It’s a lively contemplative place where you can also sit and read special books. I loved its water pool. Very good English interpretations. Best...

  • Kanazawa Hakuchoro Hotel Sanraku
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    442 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.

    Great location. Within walking distance to Kenroku-en garden, Kanazawa Castle, Omicho Market, Higashi Chaya District. Room prices differ by checkin time. During checkin, we were given a really...

  • Kanazawa Station Tourist Information Center
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    314 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kinoshimbomachi 1-1JR Kanazawa Station Campus
    The Kanazawa Station Tourist Information Center is located directly in front of the Shinkansen (bullet train) ticket gate inside Kanazawa Station. Besides providing tourist information for Kanazawa and other parts of Ishikawa Prefecture, the Center also offers a range of other services; it can help visitors to book hotel accommodation for that evening, arrange to have luggage sent to the hotel, loan umbrellas, wheelchairs, etc., and sell one-day bus passes for Kanazawa city buses, etc. One counter is staff by volunteers who can provide tourist information in English.

    Start your visit to Kanazawa here. Its not just the maps, the English counter will point out where you eat, catch the JR bus (if you have a pass) and what to do rain, snow or shine.

  • Kenrokuen Garden
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    6 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.

    This is a sea stone pagoda near Hisago-ike pond. There is also a small waterfall nearby. This small pagoda has an old and interesting history.

  • Seisonkaku
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    197 Reviews
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    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...

  • Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
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    161 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...

  • Keta Taisha Shrine
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    127 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...

  • Omicho Market
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    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.
  • Kaikaro Teahouse
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    157 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-14-8
    Kaikaro while being located in the middle of Kanazawa Higashi Chaya District, it is the biggest tea house in Kanazawa. In the evening, it maintains the custom of “Ichigensan Okotowari” (meaning to “refuse first-time customers”), but during the day it is possible to take a tour of the building. You can enjoy the vermillion lacquered walls and furnishings which are unique to Kanazawa’s teahouses. Again, at the Kaikaro Cafe where they are particular about their ingredients, you can taste high quality sweets. The “Enyukai” event is held several times a year—you can experience tea house entertainment and Kaga cuisine at this event which is also open to the general public.

    Its a small area, but its also quite mysterious with so much history. Everything is well kept.. from restaurants to cafes to souvenir shops etc.. I went there twice..

  • 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."

    千里浜なぎさドライブウェイの終点にあるレストハウスです。千里浜なぎさドライブウェイを車で走ったあとにお手洗いを利用したく立ち寄りました。店内にはお土産屋さんがある他、お昼などが食べられるレストランも入っていました。

  • Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum
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    141 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-3-10
    "A five minute walk from the ""Hashiba-cho"" bus station on the Hokuriku Railroad Bus and JR Bus lines from Kanazawa Station. This museum is dedicated to gold leafing, a traditional industry in Kanazawa. The museum was started by Takaki Yasue, a gold leaf artisan who collected gold leaf artwork and tools and built a hall to display them in Kitayasue. Due to the aging of this facility, the museum was moved from the hall to its current location in Higashiyama in 2010. The museum building was modeled after a traditional Japanese townhouse and is accented with gold leaf. The domed ceiling in the museum's hall, decorated with no. 3 pure yellow gold, in particular is a must-see. The museum contains exhibits and video displays which show how gold leaf is made and applied, as well as gold leaf works of art, and visitors can learn about the history of gold leaf production and view dazzling examples of the craft."

    This museum is not that big, you can allocate less than 1 hour. If you curious about history of gold, this is the place. You can also get discount if you have one day pass (bus).

  • Higashi Chaya District
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Kanazawa FORUS
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    104 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Horikawashinmachi 3-1
    Kanazawa FORUS is a shopping center located adjacent to Kanazawa Station. There is a wide range of shops, selling high-fashion clothing, confectionery, sundry goods, music, books etc. The sixth floor has a variety of different restaurants, and there is a nine-screen cinema complex on the seventh floor.

    Have been to Kanazawa a few times and last 2 was able to utilise this department store for excellent choice of VERY GOOD restaurants. The sushi train is outstanding (just be prepared to wait...

  • 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.
  • Ama-Natto Kawamura
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    4.5
    98 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.

    石川金沢の甘納豆かわむらさんへ訪問。 にし茶屋街にあります。 カフェを利用しました。 甘納豆も食べました。 良かったです。 また、行きたいです。

  • Kanazawa Shrine
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    87 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...

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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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