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. 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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  • The white-colored Kanazawa Castle is one of the landmark of the city. Although part of the castle was rebuilt but it still has its importance architectural-wise during Samural period. The castle is ve...  more »
  • Very pretty from the outside and I bet it looks great with snow around it. I have been to heaps of these Japanese Castles and many are not so interesting inside as well as being reconstructions. At an...  more »
  • Since I found the entrance of the Castle right in front of that of Kenroku-en Garden I visited before; What I recommend to everyone to do because in doing so he has no way out somewhere else and find yourself in front of the Museum of the 21st century it becomes so easy to visit without wasting time. The original Castle dated from the late 16th century, what we see today is a fairly recent reconstruction not yet fully completed. As often happens in Japan when restoring a House that will ultimately prove more interesting when seen from the outside, inside rarely manage to accomplish a philological restoration, although in honor of real right of Kanazawa are unable to understand the construction technique with structural wood. Very nice the entrance portal was rebuilt in the late 18th century. The visit will take away far less than an hour. Admission 300 Yen, open every day from 9 to 17.
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  • The most impressive castle grounds outside of Himeji. The grounds of Kanazawa castle are laid out exceptionally well. It Is truly beautiful and the grounds themselves are free! It is possible to go inside the castle for some excellent photo opportunities and to admire the construction of the building which uses 0 nails in it's construction. particular attention is paid to the layout of the trees and various flower species. I took at least 300 photos here and most were not of the same object.
  • Very nice park to walk around. It is free but part of it you have to pay to get into. They have free tours in English.
  • 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.
  • Symbolizing the castle town of Kanazawa, this impressive structure stands to the east of the remnants of Kanazawa Castle facing Kenrokuen Garden. The Gate has the stonewall amidst the rich natural greenery evokes the grandeur of the region's ancient prosperous days, and the night time illumination lends a sense of fantasy to the area. The Gate was built as a "Masugata-mon", where the entrance is an iron gate and the inner walls were built with stones, along with constructions such as the 2-story Hishi Yagura and Tamon for weapon storage. During the early stage of Meiji Period, most constructions inside the castle were destroyed by fire and only the Ishikawa-mon Gate was left. In September 2001 (Heisei 13), historical wooden structures such as the Hishi Yagura and the Hashizumemon Tsuzuki Yagura were restored and the area was renovated to become a castle park.
  • Such a beautiful ancient Japanese castle.

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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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