This is a wonderful city. There were many tourists with us sharing the cherry blossom grandeur, and most of them were Japanese which was great! The community is so friendly and helpful, and the city is well signposted for visitors.
The Castle is awesome, and the history of the area has been well preserved and respected. Put it in the itinerary!
Less crowded than the big city as Osaka, Tokyo, even the small touristic city as Kobe. However it is interesting to visit the kenrokuen garden and the fish market (15 mins by walk from the kanazawa station)
The Shinkansen is coming to Kanazawa very soon. The reason why? Kyoto is full of hordes of people and Kanazawa has alot of attractions to keep tourists busy for at least 4 nights - or even more.
Its a good alternative for those who have been to Kyoto previously. We stayed 4 nights and felt rushed to include everything. Kanazawa is around 50 minutes by bus from UNESCO Heritage Shirakawago. Kanazawa has a beautiful garden called Kenrokuen Garden and also an extensive castle. There are chaya districts to visit - but I do recommend that if you visit the Higashi Chaya District first - then make sure you buy your souvenirs here first - as this area offers the most extensive and wondrous range. I also recommend visiting the Shima Geisha house and at least one tea and sweet house if you visit here. Allow 4-5 hours minimum for this district. There is also the 'samurai' element in Kanazawa - so those interested in this culture will find a dedicated district of samurai houses - in the Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District. In this area the Nomura Samurai Family Residence - is a must see. Whilst in Kanazawa we also visited the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art - which had very decent art on display, pottery kilns, golf leaf production factory, a Noh museum and so on. If you love art and culture, don't miss Kanazawa.
Kanazawa is a very quiet and peaceful place. The must seen tourist destinations are Kanazawa castle, kenrokuen, Geisha district, Samurai district, and Ninja temple.
From Kanazawa its also very worth to visit Shirakawago (a UNESCO's world heritage), accessible by bus around 1.5 hours.
Kanazawa is not a big city but there are many things you will love to explore such as Kanazawa Castle, Kenrokuen Garden, Samurai House, Ninja Temple, etc.
The people is so nice and helpful. The transportation is very conveneince. Plus, there are many places to go for shopping and buy some souveniers.
This place is great - full of sight seeing and shopping, and most importantly the hotel offers free onsen (hotspring) so it is very good place to be in.
Great garden, easy to travel to the garden, only 20-30 mins by bus, from the bus terminal.The small stores around the garden are interesting to visit.
Kanazawa is a small city so it is easy to walk to most places so you don't need a car. It has a castle, beautiful garden and other historical sites.
A beautiful city with treelined avenues and friendly citizens. Wonderful sightseeing and great food - particularly the exceptionally fresh fish.
Their Tourist Information Center is quite helpful (free internet and good English speakers) and gave me discount coupons for some attractions.
I went to the Kanazawa Noh Museum - quite small, and I was the only patron at the time. Two lovely older ladies quite insisted on my dressing up in the Noh traditional theater costumes (with the Noh mask) and used my camera to take some photos - sweet! I enjoyed the city's cultural attractions, including Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Castle Park, and especially the Prefectural Museum of Art. RESTAURANT TIP: a fixed price (1680 yen) at the DRAGON restaurant, which unfortunately does not have an English sign, that included soup/salad/main course/dessert AND your choice of drink, including wine/beer.
Kanazawa has many historically interesting places, so it is best for travelers who wish to go to sightseeing instead of shopping or nightlife.
We went for the 'Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival', which was great, but we were also surprised at how lovely the city was in addition to this.
The gardens are lovely and there seem to be little gems that we didn't even get to, such as the 'ninja house' and samurai quarter.
Travel about 1 hours out from the main station can see beautiful natural surrounding,water flowing sound,mineral hotspring and mountains.
The people in Kanazawa are very friendly and make every effort to be helpful. As a result most experiences turn out to be very positive.
The city is very clean, the people is very nice and friendly. There also a festival which held every first Saturday in June every year.
The people dance together on the streets, very amazing, nice and incredible! They can dance together simultaneously and with same movements! From young until older people, they dance together without any hesitate! I also have seen few tourist or Caucasian people dancing also, they work in the embassy. I also had about half an hour join the dancing, and this was an unforgettable experience! I hope I could join this festival again someday with my family. Arigato gozaimasta!
Kanazawa is worth two days at most. If you have a JR train pass you'll probably make a stop before continuing on to Kyoto or Takayama.
There's not really so much to see here. The (famous) modern art museum is lame but the gardens nearby are worth a visit.
Stay 2 nights so that can have enough time to see the city. Clean city. Can board the highland bus to Shirakawa-go and Takayama.
It is a middle-sized city, with a very famous garden and a very famous contemporary museum, which was somewhat disappointing.
We liked the Prefectural Museum of Art and its beautiful exhibition and collection (small). It has a lovely museum store and coffee shop. The station is an architecture showcase
One can cover the main tourist attractions by taking the loop bus from the railway station. It cost 500 yen- very reasonable
nice garden at kenrokuen, stumbled upon some firefly festival when we were there in june near the castle area, very nice
We basicly walked through all the major attractions from the ninja temple to kenrokuen garden to the samurai district.
we spent 2 nights there, and it is enough to see most of it. we came at the sakura blossoms time and it was a lovely experience. although samurai used to inhabit the place, don't expect to see many swords at the places that you visit
We walk from the hotel to Omachi market, follow by the Kanazawa castle. Next to the castle is the Kenrokuen garden.
I really enjoy the calm and big space in the castle and garden. Lastly we took a slow walk toward theHigashi District which i strongly recommend as the cherry blossom and the bridge really was a good photographic spot.
Omicho market was very interesting with a variety of seafood and eateries. Enjoyed the seafood lunch at the market.
And Kanazawa castle and Kenrokuen was also within walking distance from the market , so managed to see all the interesting places. There is a volunteer guide group available at the Kanazawa JR station.
The Omo-cho market is a must go...for fresh sashimi and street food. There is a noodle shop that also cooks them.
..the best udon-soba at the best prices, catering to locals. A couple of old timer chefs cook the udon-soba in huge boilers washing them in nets that could hold a ton. Tempura is fresh fried per order! Friendly staff...I'm no fan of sitting at the counter but not here! Geisha and samurai district...fair.
A nice place to visit, with lots of heritage buildings and good food for travels. A quiet place to relax yourself!
Kanazawa ia also called little Kyoto. Rich in Japanese traditional upper class culture. Beautiful place to be.
Kanazawa is a welcoming city with a great al of historic and cultural interest, both ancient and modern.
So much to see and do. Three days was not enough. It was easy to get around, great public transport, lots of very clean public conveniences, a terrific range of shopping possibilities and eating out. I would ,vow to go back at another time of year. W visited in summer which was comfortable, not too hot or humid but as the gardens and city scape are stunning it would be worth visiting in spring ( for all the cherry blossom) or autumn for the colour.
You can find so many attractions, Garden(Kenroku en ), Old towns(Tea Town, Buke), and fresh sea foods.
Place to visit in Kanazawa: Kenrokuen, Kanazawa castle, Geisha district, Samurai street, Ninja Temple.
Must do side-visit from Kanazawa: Kaga onsen and Shirakawago
Kanazawa is a city rich in history and provides a unique insight into Japanese culture and craftwork.
It's bigger than you might think though and it was worth going by taxi from the station to the main attractions, though there there are probably buses costing less.