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Kanazawa

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An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts. Serving as the seat of a powerful clan during feudal times, the city centers around the main castle gardens, with many of the primary historical attractions in Kanazawa found in the old samurai and geisha districts that surround it. The city enjoys a rich history of trade and agriculture, and has become particularly well known for its jumbo shrimp and sake. Add Kanazawa and other Japan destinations to your travel plans using our Japan trip itinerary website.
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Popular things to do in Kanazawa

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Kenrokuen Garden
Garden
Kenrokuen Garden
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kanazawa Castle ©
Castle
Kanazawa Castle
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Higashichaya Old Town ©
Neighborhood
Higashichaya Old Town
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
Omicho Market
Landmark
Omicho Market
3.4
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Kanazawa

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route ©
Scenic Drive
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Tateyama-machi
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Duration: 4 hours
Takayama Jinya ©
Architectural Building
Takayama Jinya Takayama
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Sanmachi Suji ©
Neighborhood
Sanmachi Suji Takayama
4.3
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Kanazawa

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Dolls Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Dolls Museum
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
4.5
Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Kanazawa

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Ninja Temple ©
Religious Site
Ninja Temple
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
Nomura Family Samurai House ©
Historic Site
Nomura Family Samurai House
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
Oyama Shrine ©
Historic Site
Oyama Shrine
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Shima
Historic Site
Shima
3.9
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Kanazawa

Seisonkaku Villa ©
Landmark
Seisonkaku Villa
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
D. T. Suzuki Museum ©
Specialty Museum
D. T. Suzuki Museum
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
Neagarimatsu
Landmark
Neagarimatsu
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Yachiya Sake Brewery
Brewery
Yachiya Sake Brewery
5.0
Duration: 1 hour

Shopping in Kanazawa

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MIKOTO Tea House
Gift & Specialty Shop
MIKOTO Tea House
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center
Shopping Mall
Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
Sakuda Honten
Gift & Specialty Shop
Sakuda Honten
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
Lacquer Ware Nosaku
Gift & Specialty Shop
Lacquer Ware Nosaku
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Where to stay in Kanazawa

The well-preserved castle town of Kanazawa has a good range of accommodations, with the most popular among them sitting in tall modern blocks overlooking the historical areas of town, or the more commercial parts. Look to the west of the castle grounds for some particularly well-positioned options, offering urban views, spas, pools, and restaurants. North-west from here, close to the main train station, you'll find a good selection of slightly simpler options in tall blocks, while the residential districts across the city house simple guesthouses and the odd hostel.
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