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Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Chubu  /  Ishikawa Prefecture  /  Kanazawa
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Things to do: historic sites, parks, museums
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts. Serving as the seat of a powerful clan during feudal times, the city centers around the main castle gardens, with many of the primary historical attractions in Kanazawa found in the old samurai and geisha districts that surround it. The city enjoys a rich history of trade and agriculture, and has become particularly well known for its jumbo shrimp and sake. In the build up to your vacation in Kanazawa, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Japan vacation generator.
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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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