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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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  • The Palace has a beautiful garden. A volunteer guide practicing his English spent some time with us to give us the history. It was great. From there we walked up to the Palace and purchased a combo ti...  more »
  • A popular tourist destination and well worth visiting. Like many castles, there are large stone walls, moats etc. The castle was rebuilt but with traditional techniques, particularly with the woodwork...  more »
  • This old castle is well worth a visit when in Kanazawa. The buildings are beautifully preserved, and you can enter one of the towers and get good views over the parkland which surrounds the castle.  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.
  • You can see spectacular cherry blossoms in spring. Cherry blossoms especially seen at night are recommended.
  • Castle is OK but the grounds are absolutely amazing.
  • the best of Kanazawa, Castle & Kenrokuen garden stay close together
  • The great castle and very nice