Japan Railways (JR) will extend its Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) service to Kanazawa Station on March 14, 2015, making access from Tokyo much easier. Have a look at the 6 popular tourist destinations of Kanazawa, before you plan your itinerary.
Omicho-ichiba is the largest local market situated centrally at Kanazawa, where its local food culture has developed. The market called “Kanazawa’s Kitchen” offers a wide variety of specialties; fresh seafood availed locally, noodles, sweets, etc. to name only a few. It is a major attraction for locals and tourists. Enjoy restaurant hopping!
Website (in Japanese): http://ohmicho-ichiba.com/
Higashi Chayagai (Eastern Chaya District)
Higashi Chayagai is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kanazawa. You will feel the nostalgic atmosphere of the Taisho Period from old wooden buildings lining the narrow streets. These buildings all lit up at night, create an enthralling atmosphere.
Myoryu-ji is a unique temple where you can find various trick contraptions such as a hidden tunnel and a secret room, etc. These trick contraptions were made for self-defense during the “Sengoku Era”, a period of war in Japanese history. Unique features of this temple make it a famous and popular tourist destination. Please don’t forget to make an appointment on the phone before your planned visit; the temple accepts only a limited number of guests.
Website (in Japanese): http://www.myouryuji.or.jp/
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Photo: 金沢市 on Wikimedia Commons
The museum is a modern landmark located at the center of Kanazawa near other major tourist spots, namely, Kenrokoen and Kanazawa-jo Park. The building was designed by the world-renowned architecture firm SANAA, that received the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2004. Enjoy viewing the award-winning architectural grandeur while watching the museum’s marvellous collection.
Website (in English): https://www.kanazawa21.jp/en/
This stunning Japanese garden is designated as one of “Japan’s Special Places of Scenic Beauty” and also as, one of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan”. You will be captivated by the beautifully lit-up and snow-covered garden in winter.
Website (in English): http://www.pref.ishikawa.jp/
Kanazawa Station is well known internationally for its beautiful design. The station consists of two areas; the impressive wooden gate “Tsuzumi-mon” represents a traditional Japanese drum called “Tsuzumi”, used for Japan’s traditional performing art Nogaku, popular in Kanazawa’s history. A modern glass dome called “Motenashi Dome” which looks like a huge umbrella displaying the city’s hospitality and profound respect to all visitors. These designs symbolise Kanazawa’s two different aspects, tradition and innovation.
Historic spots, exotic temples, traditional performing arts, a variety of local specialties...too many attractions? Enjoy a trip to Kanazawa with a comfortable two-and-a-half-hour bullet train ride!