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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. To visit Oyama Shrine and get the most from your holiday in Kanazawa, create itinerary details personal to you using our Kanazawa trip itinerary planner.
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  • Kanazawa is the Oyama shrine. Here Lord Maeda, the front is dedicated to Toshiie Maeda. The NHK Taiga drama "Toshiie and Matsu when Toshiie public jousting naozane equestrian statue is made. When 20 years ago certainly wasn't. Guests can enjoy.
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  • I agree with the last, only the portico on arrival is of interest. There are many much more attractive to visit temple.
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  • This shrine features some unusual characteristics, such as the entrance portal, a very modern-looking shop, and a massive statue of the local lord Maeda.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A great little temple to visit. Small gardens which are beautiful. Well worth a look of your nearby.
  • I went at sunset. The light on the stained glass was beautiful. Hands down my favorite site in Kanazawa.
  • Dont be fooled by its humble gate. Once get in, you'll be amazed at how large such a garden can be at the very heart of a big city

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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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