Kanazawa (金沢市, Kanazawa-shi) is the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. The refined gardens of Kenrokuen, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, with its seasonal flowers and trees, will captivate you. Higashi Chaya district and other streets of historical value and scenic beauty, are dotted with sightseeing spots. Other attractions include the Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum, where you can learn the traditional craft of gold leaf making. Kanazawa City is also the place of fierce competition for Japanese sweets, which allows you to experience authentic Japanese sweets made by the best Japanese confectioners.
One of the highlights of Kenrokuen is that it is open from the morning. From the beginning of April to the end of August, visitors can enter the garden at 4:00 in the morning. Wake up early, look at the garden in the morning glow, and start your day's journey with a fresh mind.
Opened in 2004, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa stands out compared to more traditional art museums. The museum features a captivating disc-like design, as if it were a UFO touching down in the middle of Kanazawa.
Chaya is a traditional place of feasts and entertainment, where geisha (traditional female Japanese entertainers) have been entertaining people by performing dances and playing Japanese traditional musical instruments since the Edo period.
One of the main attractions of Nagamachi is the Nomura Samurai House. Located in the middle of the district’s main street, it serves as a reminder of how the samurai lived, and it received two stars in the Michelin Guide.
Kenrokuen Garden is a beautiful Japanese garden with an area of 11.4 hectares located on the heights of the central part of Kanazawa and next to Kanazawa Castle. In feudal times, the Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Domain (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) , maintained the garden from generation to generation.