Kanazawa 金沢

  • Published on : 20/09/2019
  • by : G.L.M. / J.R.
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Kanazawa: A historical gem

This medium-sized city, nestled between the Sea of Japan and the Japanese Alps, has plenty to offer travelers: exceptional historical sites, renowned art museums, traditional cuisine and refined craftwork. Kanazawa is a must-see destination. 

There are plenty of lively districts in Kanazawa, which is a great place to live and go out and about in. The atmosphere is quieter when you enter one of the three historic geisha districts in the city. These streets lined with timber-fronted okiya used to ring to the sound of the geta (elevated clogs) of Yamaguchi Kinu (1892-?), the heroine of Yuki Inoue's biographical novel, Memoirs of a Geisha.

Do not hesitate to go through one of the doors to drink some tea in a chaya (tea house). Visiting these districts in the city centre is a delightful experience and allows you to discover the traditional side of Japan, much like the Gion district in Kyoto.

Another of the city's highlights is the Samurai district of Nagamachi, once the residential district of the Samurai from the feudal period.

Kanazawa Castle and its great cherry tree park are also an essential place to visit during hanami season. It was built in 1583 and has been rebuilt several times since due to earthquakes and fires. The main door, Ishikawa-mon, dates from 1788 and the thick stone walls from the 17th century.

The city also contains a temple district, Teramachi. Make the most of your visit to go to Ninja-dera or the Oyama Jinja shrine.

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Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa

The famous Kenroku-en alone is a good reason to visit Kanazawa. This magnificent garden is simply one the three finest gardens in Japan. It extends over more than 11 hectares, and its name means "garden that combines six characteristics", which is a reference to the six attributes required to make up the perfect Japanese garden. A tour of the garden takes place around a large artificial lake, Kasumigaike.

Spring, summer, autumn, winter... the garden changes with the seasons, displaying its many different faces, from snow-covered toro to alleys of flowering sakura. Which season do you prefer?

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Kenrokuen in winter

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Le Kenrokuen en été

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Le Kenrokuen en automne

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Le Kenrokuen au printemps

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Our houses in Kanazawa

Higashiyama, Kanazawa

  • 120m
  • 8 travelers
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Higashiyama, Kanazawa

  • 100m
  • 5 travelers
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Katamachi, Kanazawa

  • 64m
  • 4 travelers
  • WIFI

Higashiyama, Kanazawa

  • 60m
  • 4 travelers
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Kanazawa Station, Kanazawa

  • 45m
  • 4 travelers
  • WIFI

Katamachi, Kanazawa

  • 62m
  • 4 travelers
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Higashiyama, Kanazawa

  • 70m
  • 4 travelers
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Our activities in Kanazawa

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Our tours in Kanazawa

  • Duration : 13 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone - Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Tokyo
  • Included : English-speaking tour leader, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Visits & meals
  • Duration : 13 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Tokyo
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Non-flight transportation, Guided activity, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 14 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Kanazawa, Takamatsu, Okayama, Matsue, Kyoto
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Non-flight transportation, Guided activities, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 14 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Nikko, Nagano, Kanazawa, Kyoto
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Non-flight transportation, Guided activity, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 14 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Non-flight transportation, Guided activities, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 15 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Matsumoto, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Koyasan, Osaka
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Hotel temple, Non-flight transportation, Guided activity, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 15 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Takayama, Tokyo
  • Included : Airport Transfers, 3* Hotels & Ryokan, Non-flight transportation, Guided activity, Travel diary, Pocket wifi, Assistance
  • Duration : 14 days
  • Locations : Tokyo, Hakone Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Tokyo
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