Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Kanazawa

Kenroku-en

Ranked as one of the top three gardens in Japan, this Edo-period garden draws its name (kenroku 'combined six') from a renowned Sung-dynasty garden in China that dictated six attributes for perfection: seclusion, sp…
Top Choice Gardens in Kanazawa

Gyokusen Inmaru Garden

Adjacent to the Kanazawa Castle Park, this feudal pleasure garden was first constructed in 1634 but abandoned in the Meiji era. Its five-year reconstruction was completed in 2015. Features include a small waterfall,…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kanazawa

Myōryū-ji

In Teramachi, fascinating Myōryū-ji (aka Ninja-dera), completed in 1643, was designed to protect its lord in case of attack. It contains hidden stairways, escape routes, secret chambers, concealed tunnels and trick …
Top Choice Museum in Kanazawa

DT Suzuki Museum

This spiritual museum is a tribute to Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, one of the foremost Buddhist philosophers of our time. Published in Japanese and English, Suzuki is largely credited with introducing Zen to the West. T…
Landmark in Kanazawa

Kanazawa Castle Park

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. The elegant surviving gate Ishik…
Museum in Kanazawa

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

A low-slung glass cylinder, 113m in diameter, forms the perimeter of this contemporary gallery, which celebrated its 10th birthday in 2014. Entry to the museum is free, but admission fees are charged for exhibitions…
Market in Kanazawa

Ōmi-chō Market

Between Kanazawa Station and Katamachi, you'll find this market, reminiscent of Tokyo's Tsukiji. A bustling warren of fishmongers, buyers and restaurants, it's a great place to watch everyday people in action or ind…
Museum in Kanazawa

Kaikarō

In Higashi-chaya-gai, Kaikarō is an early 19th-century geisha house refinished with contemporary fittings and art including a red lacquered staircase. Private banquets (approximately ¥28,000 per person) with two gei…
Historic Building in Kanazawa

Kanazawa Yuwaku Edo Village

In Yuwaku Onsen, about 14km southeast of Kanazawa along Rte 10, you'll find this attractive collection of reconstructed Edo-period buildings arranged as an open-air museum showcasing artefacts from the era (1603–186…
Museum in Kanazawa

Nagamachi Yūzen-kan

In a non-traditional building at the edge of the Nagamachi district, the Nagamachi Yūzen-kan displays some splendid examples of Kaga Yūzen kimono dyeing and demonstrates the process. Enquire ahead about trying the s…