Best Short Travel Guide to Kanazawa, Japan | Sights & Food

Best Short Travel Guide to Kanazawa, Japan | Sights & Food

Watch me journey my means by way of Kanazawa, Japan in a whirlwind journey! I’ll present you

This made life 100% higher after I was touring there:

Kanazawa was an historic service provider city identified for its arts & crafts, in addition to its big citadel. It’s a ravishing metropolis to add to your Japan journey itinerary!

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*How do I get to Kanazawa from Tokyo?*

Traveling from Tokyo to Kanazawa solely takes 2.5 hours. In March 2015, the Nagano Shinkansen line opened a brand new prepare that runs to Kanazawa station. It’s known as Hokuriku Shinkansen. I went from Nagano to Kanazawa which solely took somewhat over one hour. 

*twenty first Century Museum of Contemporary Art*

The free a part of the museum is an exhibit on material. You can really feel the totally different supplies used to make a bit of fabric. I imagine the exhibit that’s provided without spending a dime adjustments on a regular basis. The outdoors of the museum has fairly attention-grabbing items you possibly can take a look at.

*Kanazawa has cherry blossoms!*
If you missed the cherry blossoms you possibly can nonetheless catch the Yaezakura cherry blossoms! It is a multi-layered cherry blossom. Because of the totally different layers the colours vary from mild to darkish pink.

*Things to Do in Kanazawa*

1) When in Kanazawa, you may have to attempt gold leaf ice cream. Kanazawa produces 99% of all gold leaf in Japan.

2) Kanazawa additionally has a wealthy custom of constructing superb craft objects. This stems from the fifteenth century the place samurai used to rule the land. They didn’t have any wars to combat and have been wealthy in meals and land, in order that they determined to make investments lots of their assets into arts and crafts.

Today, Kanazawa has over 400 legendary craftsmen devoted to 36 several types of arts and crafts. Gold leaf, fireworks, umbrellas and fishing lures are among the specialties of the realm.

3) Chaya Area is a beautiful neighborhood of fantastically preserved geisha homes. Many have now been transformed into eating places or teahouses. This place jogged my memory of Gion in Kyoto. Like right here it’s also a well-known geisha district. 

4) Kanazawa Castle

From 1583 to the tip of the Edo Period, Kanazawa Castle was the seat of the highly effective Maeda Clan, a feudal land second solely to the Tokugawa’s lands when it comes to measurement and wealth.

The unique citadel was burnt down and I didn’t hassle to pay to go inside. There isn’t a lot inside in contrast to Matsumoto citadel. If you haven’t seen my journey to Matsumoto bear in mind to go test that out.

Kanazawa Castle Hours

7:00 to 18:00 (March 1 to October 15) 
8:00 to 17:00 (October 16 by way of February)

5) Kanazawa Tea Ceremony

If you need an actual tea ceremony expertise, they’ve one right here. 

This beautiful non-public backyard and tea home was reconstructed primarily based on the unique ground plans and opened in 2015. It’s one of many prettiest locations in Japan in my view, and ingesting matcha tea within the tea home whereas looking on the view is a particular expertise.

On Friday and Saturday nights, they open the backyard and lightweight it up. I didn’t get to try this this journey however I learn that it’s a lovely sight.

6) Omnicho Market

I couldn’t simply go away with out experiencing this market. So earlier than I left Kanazawa, I had to cease by this market to have a look. 

This place jogs my memory of Nishiki market in Kyoto, simply not as large and crowded. It’s additionally maze like with a bunch of small coordinators snaking round in every single place.

I liked the massive, uncooked oysters right here. You can add your sauces on it and it solely prices 500 yen. I additionally received the calm which was disappointing and fishy.

7) Eat Kanazawa Curry

I got here right here as a result of it was conveniently situated inside Kanazawa prepare station and Go Go curry is a well-known model. I’ve by no means tried Kanazawa styled curry earlier than. Kanazawa curry has some particular attributes: it wants to be thick and gooey and is commonly candy. It’s served with shredded cabbage and curry solely covers the rice. It’s historically eaten in a stainless-steel bowl and a fork and a spoon (or perhaps a spork).

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