Kanazawa, Japan

The Japanese city of Kanazawa is often overlooked by tourists, partly because of its remote location. The city boasts a large number of historic temples and other buildings as well as picturesque parks and gardens. Here are some of the reasons you should visit Kanazawa this year.

Kenroku-en Garden

This is considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in the whole of Japan and is particularly striking during the cherry blossom season in April. Kenroku-en Garden features a large number of ponds and other waterways which are a real feat of Japanese engineering, while it is also home to the impressive Seisonkaku Villa.

Kanazawa Castle

Kanazawa Castle

This castle was built more than four hundred years ago and can be found in the very heart of the city. The castle has been turned into a public space that regularly hosts concerts and other performances.

Higashi Chaya-gai

This famous geisha district is located on the far side of the Asano River. Visitors who want to gain an insight into one of Japan’s oldest and most intriguing forms of entertainment can take a tour of Shima House, while many of the other buildings here have been transformed into elegant teahouses where visitors can take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Kanazawa Shinise Memorial Hall

This magnificent building is also known as the Old Merchant House and was one of the city’s most important medicine shops during the 18th century. The building has long been used to host diplomatic meetings as well as Japanese tea ceremonies.

Ninja Temple

Book a guided tour to explore the 23 rooms and discover a number of hidden rooms that can be found in the Ninja Temple. According to local legend, an underground tunnel links Ninja Temple to Kanazawa Castle and exploring the temple is certainly an intriguing experience.

Oyama Shrine

This striking shrine was built during the early Meiji period in honour of Maeda Toshiie. The shrine features a unique gate that comes complete with stained glass windows and has been created in a blend of Japanese and Western styles that are just waiting to be caught on camera.


The Bellflower Temple of Tōfuku-ji: Tentoku-in.

This was once the largest temple in the whole of the city and was built in the Edo period. The temple is extremely sacred as it houses the spirit of Tama-hime, who was the wife of Maeda Toshitsune.

Honda Forest

This large and lovely forest is the perfect place to unwind on a sunny day. It addition to offering visitors a large leafy space to explore, Honda Forest is also home to the interesting and informative Prefectural Museum as well as a large art museum.

People who are planning a trip to Kanazawa should arrange travel insurance before leaving home to make sure that they are fully protected throughout their trip. One of the best times to visit is during the vibrant Hyakuman-goku Festival, which is held at the end of June. The end of the summer is also marked by a number of impressive fireworks displays as well as feasts and concerts.

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