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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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  • A Fabulous historical example of a family castle, its defences and its architecture (not a nail used!!)  more »
  • Accumulated snow was tough walking because it snowed yesterday visited Kanazawa Castle Park, but the Park was awesome. Fox came in the early afternoon, had graced the next morning morning side.
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  • If you want a castle, I mean -- the whole thing -- go to Matsumoto (near by!). In Kanazwa, the castle burned near the end of the samuraj period and was not rebuild. Hence, only the gate (very nice gat...  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.
  • the best of Kanazawa, Castle & Kenrokuen garden stay close together
  • The great castle and very nice
  • lovely, weather was nice, love learning about Japan's history.