Welcome to Kanazawa & the Hokuriku Coast


The city of Kanazawa, in Ishikawa-ken (石川県), is the biggest draw. Once the power base of the feudal Maeda clan, Kanazawa was, at one time, at the forefront of wealth and culture in Japan – a legacy that can still be seen today, among the city's traditional architecture, artisan workshops and famous garden. To the north, the Noto Peninsula has sweeping seascapes and quiet fishing villages. For more information, see www.hot-ishikawa.jp.

To the west is little Fukui-ken (福井県), home to one of the world's most influential Zen centres, some pretty 'forgotten' towns and fascinating architectural ruins.

Toyama-ken (富山県), at the eastern end, is a manufacturing centre. Its bayfront capital city, Toyama, is the jumping-off point for explorations through the Tateyama mountain range.


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$692.08 Private & Custom Tours

Kanazawa Private Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Your day begins with a 9am pickup from your hotel or another centrally located point in Kanazawa. Greet your driver — and guide, if selected — and plan your route. Your private tour is entirely customizable according to the interests of you and your travel companions. Recommended spots: Kenrokuen Located next to Kanazawa Castle, the Kenrokuen garden is considered one of the top three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Visitors can enjoy a variety of trees and flowers that change colors throughout seasons. Kanazawa Castle Kanazawa's symbolic icon, Kanazawa Castle was built in 1583. The well-restored castle is worth visiting to see the traditional skills of Japanese carpenters who carefully put the building together without the use of any nails. Omicho Market Located in the center of the city of Kanazawa, Omicho Market has been the largest fish market in Kanazawa since the Edo period (1615 - 1868). The market is filled with more than 200 specialty shops and is a great place to stop by for a fresh seafood lunch. Your tour concludes with a drop-off back at the original departure point.

$80.89 Cultural & Theme Tours

Enjoy a Samurai Town with an Insider on a Full Day Small Group Tour of Kanazawa

After departure from your accommodation, this tour will visit Omicho market first. Omicho market is popular as the kitchen of Kanazawa citizens where seasonal fish and fruits gather, and it can be said that the crabs caught in the Sea of Japan face quite the fate, for it is here where the crabs are lined up, and then also the locally sourced fruit and oden's you can eat while walking around. You can enjoy this scene at your leisure. Next to Omicho market, you will visit Kanazawa Castle. Kanazawa castle, which is a symbol of Kaga Hyakumanges, was built in 1583 by Toshiie Maeda in full scale and was placed as a residence of 14 Maeda family of Kaga clan until 1869. All buildings other than Ishikawa gate and 30 Nagaya (row houses) have disappeared due to repeated fires, but since 1996 the public has benefited from Kanazawa Castle Park. In 2001, historical buildings were faithfully restored as best possible based on old pictures and old documents. The landscape has once again been revived for the present age. After lunch, you will visit Kenrokuen. Kenrokuen is one of the three famous Japanese national gardens, listed along with Mito Kairakuen and Okayama Korakuen. The garden boasts a beautiful appearance during every season, and the stunning winter snow hanging together with the famous Koji lanterns in Kanazawa. This is both a symbol and a must-see for Kanazawa sightseeing. At the end of the tour, you will visit Suzuki Daisenkan from Kenrokuen by way of Honda Forest Park. Suzuki Daisetsu Museum is a spot infused with the thoughts of a world-famous Buddhist philosopher, Suzuki Daisetsu, born Kanazawa, who made Zen culture widely known abroad. Further, Mr. Yoshio Taniguchi is represented here. He is famous for designing large portions of the New York Museum of Modern Art, in particular the extension and renovation of MoMA in 2004, consisting of three buildings, the "entrance building", the "exhibition building", the "thought space building." Here, various representations have been constructed. In the exhibits, it appears as though you passes through a long and narrow corridor that leads to a different space. There is freedom to think and feel as you wish, to touch, watch, and see things as they appear to you, as there is no formal explanation. There is also a space for the various world views of Zen, including the biggest attraction, "the garden of water glasses." Here there is a mysterious charm that draws in the visitor for whatever purpose that might be.

$406.74 Private & Custom Tours

Kanazawa Private Customized Tour from Kanazawa (8 or 5 hour option)

Kanazawa has been an important city in the region for centuries. In the Edo period (17th to 19th century), it served as the seat of the Maeda clan, the second most powerful clan in Edo era, and nowadays, it is the capital city of Ishikawa prefecture. There are many historically and culturally attractive destinations in Kanazawa, such as Kanazawa castle or Oyama shrine. Especially, next to Kanazawa castle, is Kenrokuen garden, and it is said to be one of three most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan. The garden had been designed and constructed for over two centuries and opened for the public during the 19th century. If traditional Japanese culture is your thing, Kanazawa is definitely a city that you must visit. The driver will pick you up at a time and meeting place you have chosen within Kanazawa city. For the 8-hour option, please choose a time between 8:00~13:00 and for the 5-hour option, between 8:00~16:00 (both tours will begin at 9:00 if a time is not specified.) Then, the driver will take you to any place that you request for your allotted hours. Please note that we are not responsible for any other costs related to your trip, such as admission fees or meals. At the end of the tour, the driver will drop you at your desirable place.

$350 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kanazawa highlight private walking tour

This tour's highlights are as follows. Visit many important sightseeing spots in Kanazawa in one day! You could feel Edo(17-19th century) atmosphere about garden, district and craftsmanship. Then you could learn the Japanese history and culture with our friendly and knowledgeable guide!Your itinerary is as follows. You meetup at your hotel lobby with our guide. Then your private tour starts. At first, move to Ninja temple which is built on 17th century. At that time here was used as fort. After that we move to Omicho market and check regional seafood and vegetables. Then we move to Higashi Chaya-gai, traditional atmosphere district. At there, you could see Gold flake shop. Kanazawa is well known for great gold, so let's find secret.At last we move to Kenrokuen garden, which is known for one of Japanese the best three gardens, and finish our highlight tour. This tour is private customized tour, so please feel free to let us know your request!

$120.17 Cultural & Theme Tours

One-day Muslim Friendly Tour of Kanazawa

After departure from your accommodation, this tour will visit Omi-machi market first. Omi-machi market is popular as the kitchen of Kanazawa citizens where seasonal fish and fruits gather, and it can be said that the crabs caught in the Sea of Japan face quite the fate, for it is here where the crabs are lined up, and then also the locally sourced fruit and oden's you can eat while walking around. You can enjoy this scene at your leisure. Next to Omi-machi market, you will visit Kanazawa Castle. Kanazawa castle, which is a symbol of Kaga Hyakumanges, was built in 1583 by Toshiie Maeda in full scale and was placed as a residence of 14 Maeda family of Kaga clan until 1869. All buildings other than Ishikawa gate and 30 Nagaya (row houses) have disappeared due to repeated fires, but since 1996 the public has benefited from Kanazawa Castle Park. In 2001, historical buildings were faithfully restored as best possible based on old pictures and old documents. The landscape has once again been revived for the present age. After lunch, you will visit Kenrokuen. Kenrokuen is one of the three famous Japanese national gardens, listed along with Mito Kairakuen and Okayama Korakuen. The garden boasts a beautiful appearance during every season, and the stunning winter snow hanging together with the famous Koji lanterns in Kanazawa. This is both a symbol and a must-see for Kanazawa sightseeing. At the end of the tour, you will visit Suzuki Daisenkan from Kenrokuen by way of Honda Forest Park. Suzuki Daisetsu Museum is a spot infused with the thoughts of a world-famous Buddhist philosopher, Suzuki Daisetsu, born Kanazawa, who made Zen culture widely known abroad. Further, Mr. Yoshio Taniguchi is represented here. He is famous for designing large portions of the New York Museum of Modern Art, in particular the extension and renovation of MoMA in 2004, consisting of three buildings, the "entrance building", the "exhibition building", the "thought space building." Here, various representations have been constructed. In the exhibits, it appears as though you passes through a long and narrow corridor that leads to a different space. There is freedom to think and feel as you wish, to touch, watch, and see things as they appear to you, as there is no formal explanation. There is also a space for the various world views of Zen, including the biggest attraction, "the garden of water glasses." Here there is a mysterious charm that draws in the visitor for whatever purpose that might be. With a local guide who loves Kanazawa and caters to our Muslim visitors, you are sure to have a very pleasant day exploring this Samurai city!

$55.28 Cultural & Theme Tours

Samurai Armor Cosplay Experience

Arrive at our facilities by yourself (no transport provided). Choose a Samurai Armor that you would like to dress. Get dressed with the help of our staff. The Samurai Armor is composed of a kabuto helmet, chest armor, armored sleeves, kusazuri, armored skirt and calf protection. Come to our open studio and pose for our photographer (three shots). While your photos are edited, you can take some selfies freely at our Café. Chose one from the three final edited photos and get a printed version of it. Choose an optional service if you want (extra prints, data etc.). Undress. Your Samurai Armor Photo Shoot ends here.

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