Tourism in Kanazawa: 5 Fun Ideas for Travellers
The top five picks of attractions in Kanazawa
Kanazawa is situated in the center of Japan in Honshu. It is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture and is renowned for its Edo Period districts, art, museums, and crafts. It is a very humid place with low temperatures most of the year. The famous, 17th-century, Kenrokuen Garden is a wealth of beauty for all visitors. There are a number of attractions for tourists to visit and it is well worth a stop if you are passing through central Japan. Populated with over 450,000 people, Kanazawa is home to one airport making it accessible to all.
Kenrokuen Garden is classed as one of Japan's most beautiful gardens. Originally ruled by the Maeda family, there are a number of flowers, blooming trees, and other plants. Each season offers something new to these amazing gardens. Kenrokuen translates to "Garden of the Six Sublimites". The six sublimites are spaciousness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, abundant waters, and views. These are the most important aspects of a beautiful garden and the Kenrokuen follows this criteria. The gardens are open from 7am to 6pm March to October and 8am to 5pm from October to February. Admission costs 310 yen per person.
Ninjadera or Ninja Temple
Built by the Maeda lords, the ninja temple, otherwise known as the Ninjadera, is not actually related to ninjas at all. It became the ninja temple because of its defense mechanisms in the olden days. The temple was used as a disguised military post and is the perfect way to experience real Japanese culture. This temple is not just a normal majestic temple. It is home to trap doors, secrets, labyrinths, and all things mystical. The tours are by reservation only and are available between the hours of 9am and 4:30pm during the summer period and 4pm during the winter months. The only day the temple is closed is on January 1st and the entrance fee is 800 yen.
The Seisonkaku Villa
The villa was built in the Edo Period by the Maeda family. It is one of the most exotic and beautiful samurai villas left in Japan. The Seisonkaku villa is a majestic two-story building made up of a number of individual rooms. The roof is a covered viewing deck that shows off the Japanese gardens and is a must-see for anyone visiting. Luckily for the non-Japanese-speaking people the tours are given in both Japanese and English. The Seisonkaku Villa is open everyday of the week apart from Wednesdays. The villa opens at 9am and closes at 5pm and is closed from December 29th until January 2nd. The entrance fee is 700 yen.
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
The museum of contemporary art opened in 2004 in downtown Kanazawa. All the work in the museum is from Japanese artists and it is one of Japan’s most popular and sought out art museums. The building is a work of art in itself. The museum was made in a circular shape in order to encourage its patrons to come in from all directions. The exhibitions are designed to incorporate everything around it. The public spaces include a library, lecture room, and children’s area. The museum is open from 10am to 6pm and closes at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The public spaces in the museum open from 9am to 10pm. The museum is closed on Mondays and from December 27th through January 1st. The entrance fee does depend on the exhibition but is normally approximately 1,000 yen.
This fresh food market has been around longer than you or me. It is the largest fresh food market since the Edo Period. Different from the traditional market, Omicho Market is now a community of streets with stops and stalls. Although it has been slightly modernized over the years, the market still sells a range of fish, vegetables, fruit, clothing, and much more. The market is busy all day long and tourists can indulge in some of the local food quarters. The market is open from 9am to 6pm depending on the shop. Most shops close on Sundays, national holidays, Wednesdays and the New Year holidays. Again, this does depend on the shop in question.
Other Must Sees
Kanazawa has a variety of attractions for all types of people. Higashi Chaya District is one of the main attractions in the city because Geisha performed in some of the teahouses in the district. Nagamachi is one of Kanazawa’s former Samurai districts and is popular amongst visitors for its cultural riches. The Kanazawa Castle is currently under reconstruction but they have made the reconstruction itself an attraction to visitors. There are extra viewing points that show how they are constructing in the same style as in the olden days. Kanazawa is filled with wonders for all types. Whether you are travelling solo, with a partner, or with your family, you will find something that will blow your mind.
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