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Kanazawa Castle, Kanazawa

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With its gardens, impressive walls, and carefully considered architectural features, Kanazawa Castle tells the story of the "daimyo" (regional lords) who lived in and ruled from its grounds. The castle complex features a stone watchtower, a massive warehouse, an ornate gate, and expansive landscaped gardens. Look up to see the castle's whitish roof tiles, which are made of lead and were allegedly melted into bullets in times of siege. Placards and signposts scattered around the grounds offer viewers more information in English and Japanese. Plan to see Kanazawa Castle and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kanazawa itinerary builder.
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  • Walk beside the castle is different, days can keep time deeply Stadium Club Med when first built institution when it reviews Military Strategy function. Steep/f staircase over the pace of one adult, when generations of warrior but must quickly move begins, as well as promote small aperture admittance arrived 禦 enemies of people. In the above game 覽 habdabs and exciting, and the scenery is 優 beauty. Stadium really dating Council up to look at the stadium all these model courses.
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  • We were lucky that the day we spent in Kanazawa, had a night with LightShow in the Castle and Park. The mood was especially lively. All access was full of people who was visiting and they entertained at the food stalls that abounded on both sides of the access. The illuminated cherry blossoms at night gave a magical vision... almost seemed snowy! The parks around the Castle were beautiful and the building itself contrasted in the darkness of the night. Beautiful visit.
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  • A well-preserved samurai castle from the Edo era. Its sizeable area is completed with beautiful gardens surrounding the castle. We did not have a chance to enter the hall/museum, bit enjoying the ambi...  more »
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  • Interesting place to have a look at especially if you love your carpentry. Also make sure you go to the information centre first as there is FREE ENGLISH GUIDED tours of both the castle grounds and the gardens. Unfortunately we didn't see it in it's full glory as we were a month early for the cherry blossoms but can just imagine it would be AMAZING. But as for a castle there isn't much of one it really, it was only the old turrets that are there part of the wall structure but still really amazing as the workmanship inside is fantastic. If I had seen it in full bloom i think it would have got another star but if you want to see a good castle I would rate Osaka Castle but i still have some travelling to do and probably a few more castles to see.
  • It's just breathtaking! Lovely place!
  • You can see spectacular cherry blossoms in spring. Cherry blossoms especially seen at night are recommended.
  • A castle, Japanese style.
  • the best of Kanazawa, Castle & Kenrokuen garden stay close together

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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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