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About Kanazawa

Historical temples and shrines, onsen (hot springs), traditional architecture and breathtaking nature are some of Kanazawa's most popular attractions. Known as "Little Kyoto,"​ the picturesque town boasts a thriving tea district. Called Higashi Chaya, this part of town is a must-see. Kenroku-en Garden, listed as one of Japan's top three famous gardens, took over 170 years to build and is a major drawcard for the district. Kanazawa is also renowned for being a hub for both traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. Kaga-yuzen, dyed silk from the region has been designated an important intangible cultural asset. Also famous is Kanazawa-haku, or gold leaf craftwork. Used mainly for decoration purposes, the gold is beaten into a wafer-thin sheet. Gold leaf is even used to decorate foodstuffs and coat ice cream! Much of what the city has to offer can be found within an easily navigable and central area. Kanazawa is reachable by train from Kansai and Tokyo. Since the Hokuriku Shinkansen line was completed in March 2015. Why not visit and take your time to explore all that this stunning city has to offer?

Sights in Kanazawa

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Myoryu-ji Temple (Ninja-dera/Ninja Temple)

Myoryu-ji is a Buddhist temple, commonly called the Ninja Temple or Ninja-dera for its former use as a disguised military station. Visitors may only enter with

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Kanazawa Station

Completed in 2005, this modern station is the main entry point for visitors to Kanazawa. It features many souvenir shops as well as different types of tradition

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Musubi is a handmade Omusubi (rice ball with a filling) shop located in Kanazawa city.

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Yuai Craft Shop

Located inside the Kanazawa-shi Matsugae Fukushi Museum, this shop sells traditional Japanese handmade goods. The shop sells a wide variety of craft goods that

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Kenroku-en Garden

Located next to Kanazawa Castle, this traditional garden with an area of 11.4 hectares is one of the "Three Great Gardens of Japan". It houses a big pond called

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Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle, next to Kenroku-en Garden, was originally built in the 16th century and has been subsequently restored in its totality.

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Nagamachi Samurai District

Located to the south of the city center at the foot of the former Kanazawa Castle, this district shows visitors how samurai and their families used to reside. W

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Nagamachi Yuzenkan

Nagamachi Yuzenkan displays cloths dyed using the Kaga Yuzen method and holds dyeing demonstrations as well.

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Higashi Chaya District

Located in the historic city of Kanazawa, Chaya is the largest of three traditional entertainment districts where geisha used to entertain people by performing

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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

This museum displays artworks and creations from many fields, such as music, the performing arts and film.

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Fluffy is a pancake cafe located in an old tea house in the Higashi-chaya area.

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Omicho Market

Omi-cho Market, located in the middle of Kanazawa, consists of many small fresh produce and miscellaneous goods shops.