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This article may contain compensated links. See our full disclosure here. In this article we share the main attractions and things to do in Kanazawa as well as practical information to help you plan your trip including this great hotel! The city developed under the patronage of the powerful Maeda clan and their samurai warriors who ruled for years.

Gold leaf decoration is one of many craft specialties in Kanazawa — you can even eat it with ice cream more on that below. Kanazawa escaped the devastation that hit much of Japan in World War 2. And if you love the serene beauty of Japanese gardens you are in for a treat. We love exploring the secondary, less obvious cities wherever we go and Kanazawa did not disappoint.

It is a cool and compact town with lots to keep every type of traveler occupied for a couple of days. This refers to the six attributes that all great gardens should have: seclusion, antiquity, spaciousness, human ingenuity, water and scenic views.

Kenroku-en definitely has all these elements. The year old garden has quiet spaces, babbling brooks and ponds full of koi carp. You can spend as little as an hour or many more exploring the paths, ponds and statues of this picturesque spot. I can imagine it looks absolutely stunning in spring and autumn. Kenroku-en is open from — March 1 to October 15and — October 16 — February Higashi Chaya is the main entertainment district in Kanazawa.

It is a charming area of teahouses much like Gion in Kyoto and has its own community of geisha. The photogenic streets of Higashi Chaya are perfect for a morning or afternoon stroll with a stop at one of the many cafes or historic tea houses. If you a looking for a special souvenir there are many craft shops to browse including the glittering I want a fuck in kanazawa Gold Leaf Store where you can visit their tea ceremony room completely covered in gold leaf [Hakuza honten: Moriyama, Kanazawa].

The geisha houses put on visitor friendly shows that are highly recommended. They were not running during our visit but this show looked fascinating. Just across the Asano River, Kazuemachi district is another entertainment area i want a fuck in kanazawa historic houses that face the river. During spring this is a popular place to i want a fuck in kanazawa cherry blossoms but it was lovely in late summer too.

Want to know the best sites to book your Japan rail pass, museum tickets and portable wifi? Click here. Aiming to connect regional traditional arts with the future, there are several exhibitions running at any time both inside and outside the building.

This is a fun piece that can be viewed above and below the surface of the simulated pool. There are several free exhibits inside and some paid including below the swimming pool. We liked the amazing free kids area where children can explore craft and art making with the help of the very kind supervising team. Please see their website for latest exhibitions, opening times and admission.

With stalls offering the freshest fish and seafood from the Japan Sea, the market is a highlight of any visit to the city. On our stroll through the market we saw some of the biggest oysters we had ever seen, huge fresh crabs and hundred of fish varieties. There are also stalls selling dried fish products and delicious, fresh and cheap sushi.

If you want to take full advantage of the market bounty, eat at one of the many sushi of kaisen-don seafood with rice restaurants inside the complex. Get there around The market is a fun place to visit even if you do not like eating seafood. It is a buzzing hub of local life and you can also pick up fresh fruit and vegetables. The market is in the center of the city near the main train station. Omicho market is open daily from until except on some public holidays.

See the official website for more details. Kanazawa Castle gazes i want a fuck in kanazawa over the city from its raised vantage point opposite Kenroku-en gardens.

Dating from the 16th century, most of the current structures were built in the 18th century after a series of i want a fuck in kanazawa fires. Over the years the castle had many purposes including a military barracks and university. It was reclaimed by the city in the s after falling into disrepair. These days Kanazawa castle is undergoing faithful rebuilding works to restore it to its former glory.

It is free to explore the extensive grounds and cross the moat to the castle site. Fascinated by samurai? The Nagamachi district was once home to upper and middle class samurai clans that supported the Maeda clan. Here you can wander the well preserved streets with cobbled streets and buildings made from i want a fuck in kanazawa mud packed walls. I wish we had visited at night when the antique street lanterns glow.

At Nomura Samurai House you can view the artifacts and heirlooms of the wealthy Nomura family. Most impressive is a full suit of armour.

Many visitors to the house come just for its peaceful garden and teahouse. Check the website for opening times and admission prices. We simply ran out of time in Kanazawa so I know we will be back. Here are some Kanazawa attractions that were on our list:. Famous for its fish market, of course you must eat seafood in Kanazawa.

From the most enormous oysters you have ever seen to delicious sushi and everything in between, you will find it in Kanazawa. As mentioned earlier, head to the market for seafood.

If you are in a rush you can grab fresh sushi and eat at one of the casual market stalls. Plan your day around the market and get there around 11am so you can dine at one of the many kaisen-don seafood with rice restaurants. Light as air, it felt like you were biting into a i want a fuck in kanazawa. The pancakes were paired with seasonal apple.

Essentially soft serve with a sheet of gold leaf, it is a very decadent treat you find all over the city. I was very impressed with the accommodation available in Kanazawa. You can choose from many highly regarded traditional ryokan, AirBnBs and modern hotels.

We preferred to stay in hotels for this trip and I felt like we hit the jackpot with The Share I want a fuck in kanazawa Kumu Kanazawa property. Close to Omicho market and main attractions, it is a modern hotel with both western and Japanese style rooms.

Each room sleeps up to 4 people in single beds so the hotel would also suit adults traveling in a group. The rooms are spacious and airy with a separate shower room including a bath I want one at home now! A buffet breakfast is served each morning that includes western and Japanese options. The hotel also offers rooftop yoga and bike hire to guests.

We appreciated the communal areas with a kettle and microwave where you could have a little picnic from the convenience stores close by. By Japanese standards this hotel would probably be classed as budget but it definitely did i want a fuck in kanazawa feel budget. If you like the look of this hotel they also have branches in TokyoKyoto and Hokkaido. Kanazawa is a small city that is easily walkable for adults.

If you are traveling with kids there are tourist loop buses that begin at the main station and stop at the major attractions to make sightseeing easy. Grab yourself a day pass as they are much better value than single rides. We saw these bikes around town and they looked like a great way to get around the mainly flat streets.

Our kids were a bit young for them but I looked into it anyway. There are some rules that apply i want a fuck in kanazawa the system is a bit complicated. It is best described here. To be honest I really wanted to ride the Thunder Bird just for the name! The journey takes only 2 hours and trains depart every hour. You will make significant savings too if you follow our Japan itinerary: Tokyo — Kyoto — Kanazawa — Nagano — Tokyo within 7 or 14 days.

The huge structure welcoming you into the city is shaped like a torii gate. Kanazawa is an interesting place to add to your itinerary for Japan. This design centric town with a love of seafood and picturesque gardens is sure to win you over.

Looking for more ideas for your trip to Japan? Check out our Kyoto itinerary and top picks for finding incredible sushi in Tokyo. If you click through and make a purchase on many of these items we may earn a commission. The creator, writer and photographer behind Untold MorselsKaty has been travelling and tasting the world since she was a teenager.

Now the proud mum of twins, she hopes they grow up to share her passions of great food, wine and travel. Favourite destination: Italy. Katy Clarke. This site uses cookies to improve your browse experience. By browsing this website, you agree to our use of cookies.

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