Oyama Shrine, Kanazawa

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See the blend of influences and absorb the atmosphere of reverence and respect during a visit to Oyama Shrine. Dedicated to Maeda Toshiie, the first leader of the Maeda Clan, the shrine was first built late in the 16th century on top of a nearby mountain. Moved to its present location in 1873, the shrine has become known for its interesting main gate. Designed by a Dutch architect, and originally marking the entrance of a castle, the gate displays European and Asian religious motifs, and acts as a striking entrance for worshippers and tourists alike. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Oyama Shrine and many more Kanazawa attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Kanazawa driving holiday planning app .
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  • Perfect place to go with other or solo. There are stands selling food and there isn't too many people so you can make a wish at the shrine. Once you finish you can explore the surrounding gardens.  more »
  • Is a Shinto shrine would go if you go to the Castle come. Torii is comparatively clean stained-glass buildings. Want to surprise people by all means!
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  • And from the town centre and 6 Park as is the Shinto shrine is a traditional atmosphere located near highway. I think it is free so better exploring.
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  • I have been living in Kanazawa for two years and I have just been to this awesome peaceful place a week ago! What a great green area in the middle of the city center. I have passed in front of it but I never knew how beautiful is inside. You should pay a visit to it.
  • This shrine is very interesting because of its one of a kind, modern chapel-like gate with stained glass windows. Beautiful!
  • Fantastic looking shrine with a decent sized grounds. On the edge of Castle park. Nice little walk round route on top of the small water feature gives a nice little extra.
  • Truly not to miss if in Kanazawa. Absolutely gorgeous small walkable garden surrounds the very unique Oyama Jinja. There are beautiful statues of Maeda Clan family members and plenty of unique charms to purchase. I started every day of my two weeks in Kanazawa with a walk through this exceptionally beautiful place.
  • As with many temple visits, coming early in the day paid off as the shrine was not terribly crowded. The buildings are pretty here but the real treasure is the garden, which had beautiful plum blossoms in late March. The pond is lovingly landscaped and well worth just sitting and observing for a time.

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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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