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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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  • Nice, tiny shrine located bang in the middle between several major draws (fish market, gardens etc.). Albeit a bit small, being nice and quiet combined with its nice gardens (back righthand side) make...  more »
  • It's a shrine, but has a western style architecture at the gate, which makes it unique. Other than that, it is a common shrine.  more »
  • Passing by this Shrine we called in and found the garden to be really lovely. A real oasis of calm and tranquility with a lovely pond. I have been collecting calligraphy from these Shrines through Jap...  more »
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  • 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
  • Best visiting time would be Autumn. Such a beautiful place with lots of maple trees!