Top things to do in Kanazawa

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 Gardens in Kanazawa

Kenroku-en

This Edo-period garden draws its name (kenroku means 'combined six') from a renowned Sung-dynasty garden in China that dictated six attributes for perfection: seclusion, spaciousness, artificiality, antiquity, abund…
Top Choice Chinese in Kanazawa

Sentō

Upstairs in Ōmi-chō Market, chefs from Hong Kong prepare authentic Szechuan- and Hong Kong–style dishes (including dim sum) from scratch. Delicious lunch and dinner set menus are excellent value. The spicy, salted s…
Top Choice Japanese in Kanazawa

Kaiseki Tsuruko

Kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) dining is a holistic experience of hospitality, art and originality. This outstanding restaurant is a true gourmand's delight, offering an experience beyond what you might enjoy in a…
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…
Parade in Kanazawa

Hyakumangoku Matsuri

In early June Kanazawa's main annual festival commemorates the first time the region's rice production hit one million koku (around 150,000 tonnes). There's a parade of townsfolk in 16th-century costumes, takigi nō …
Cafe in Kanazawa

Full of Beans

A variety of Japanese dishes and yōshoku (Western-style meals) are served at this stylish cafe in the quieter backstreets of Katamachi – the website will give you a sense of the vibe. It's a good place to try inimit…
Buddhist Temple in Kanazawa

Myōryū-ji

Completed in 1643 in Teramachi, the temple was designed to protect its lord from attack. It contains hidden stairways, escape routes, secret chambers, concealed tunnels and trick doors. Contrary to popular belief, i…
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. Evening geisha performances include a short lecture in English …
Izakaya in Kanazawa

Itaru Honten

One of Kanazawa's favourite seafood izakaya (pub-restaurants) is as popular with locals as it is with international visitors, so you may have to queue for a spot. Expect superlative sushi and sashimi and daily speci…