Kanazawa Castle, Kanazawa

Castle · Historic Site
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. Add Kanazawa Castle to your Kanazawa travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kanazawa online trip itinerary maker.
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  • It is impressive from every stand-point - History, Scale, Architecture, Engineering, Design, Structural Integrity after so many years (incl Fires, Earthquakes etc etc), the Extent of Restorations...  more »
  • One of the legendary castles of Japan. This is a must see if you ever visit Kanazawa. There are displays showing how the castle was built. Extensive excavation work was being done near the keep. It...  more »
  • While not worth seeking out as a highlight, but if in Kanazawa it is worth walking up and around. Quite dramatic up on the hill and stark white. And then the gardens are close by.  more »
  • This place is magnificent. There's so much to see, we spent 3 hours and we could have spent 5 or 6 easily. This doesn't include the garden. You can learn so much from the self guided tours you can take through many of the main buildings. There are many brief but informative plaques with information on them located at the various places. If you're disabled you can still see pretty much everything, they have wheelchair facilities. I would definitely recommend going here. An easy 5 out of 5.
  • Kanazawa Castle is accessable from Kenrokuen Garden via a bridge. It's really impressive and exciting. I didn't go inside the castle building as it was out of my budget range (next time) but still the exterior and the grounds are a sight to see.
  • The castle was fully restored. We were hoping to get warmer inside the castle but it is practically the same cold as outside. The castle is nearly empty.
  • I just visited the castle without tour guidance. It's better to have a tour guide to walk you through the history and usage of the castle so that your visit will be interesting, informative and you will feel the beauty of the castle.
  • Great place to walk around and explore. Was a lot less busy than the gardens nearby and was quite relaxing in spots. Some very good scenic views.

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