Kanazawa Castle Park
Ranked as one of the top three gardens in Japan (the other two are Kairaku-en in Mito, and Kōraku-en in Okayama), this Edo period garden...
For more intimacy and fewer crowds than Kenroku-en, this Edo-period garden rises up a steep slope. Enjoy a cup of tea here for an...
Here you'll find some of the best sushi and sashimi in Japan, including regional specialties hotaru-ika and shiro-ebi . The Kanazawa...
Lonely Planet review
Originally built in 1580, this massive structure was called the 'castle of 1000 tatami' and housed the Maeda clan for 14 generations until it was ultimately destroyed by fire in 1881. What remains is the elegant gate Ishikawa-mon (石川門), rebuilt in 1788, providing a dramatic entry from Kenroku-en; holes in its turret were designed for ishi-otoshi (hurling rocks at invaders). Two additional buildings, the Hishi-yagura (菱櫓; diamond-shaped turret) and Gojikken-Nagaya (五十間長屋; armoury), were reconstructed in 2001, offering a glimpse of the castle's unique wood-frame construction. Restoration and archaeological work continues.