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  • 1 Kenroku-en Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    An elegant space. Since the 17C, the Japanese have strived to make Kenroku-en one of the most sumptuous gardens in the country, expressing a visual harmony where nature is organised in the most beautiful way possible. You can stroll around the deligh..

  • Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art is an authority in its field, presenting Japanese and foreign artists of international renown. The vast, circular building with fluid lines has entrances on all sides and, being made out of glass, is i..

  • 3 Higashi Chayamachi District Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    To the east of Kanazawa, near the Asano River, lies the geisha quarter of Higashi Chaya, which has lost none of its grace or refinement since it was founded in 1820. It is a closed and secret universe that exudes mystery and nostalgia through the dar..

  • 4 Ohi Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    2-17 Hashiba-cho

    Ohi pottery is quite close to the raku style of Kyoto, and indeed that is where its origins lie. It was introduced to Kanazawa in 1666 by the Chozaemon family. Ohi Chozaemon Toshiro, the 10 th to bear the name and a highly-rated artist, perpetuates t..

  • 5 Nagamachi District Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The former samurai quarter of Nagamachi has been well preserved. Its lovely cobbled alleys winding between low walls of ochre cob, old canals and sumptuous residences immerse visitors in the ambience of feudal times. Buke-Yashiki Nomura-ke, a luxurio..

  • 6 Omicho Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    There are hundreds of stalls selling fruit and vegetables, fish and various other fresh foods in this covered market that is almost 300 years old. A feast for the senses, the maze-like market also houses a number of small, inexpensive eateries servin..

  • 7 KanazawaNoh Museum

    Museums and art

    Noh theatre flourished in Kanazawa under the patronage of the Maeda clan during the Edo period. The local Kaga Hosho school popularised this classical Japanese opera well beyond the samurai class for which it was the traditionally reserved. Because N..

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