Kanazawa Journals

Kanazawa in the blink of an eye

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A December 2002 trip to Kanazawa by Juulia

Quote: An account of my brief stay in Kanazawa, which was very much a positive surprise and left me with a soft spot for the place. Some suggestions of where to visit are included and the kinds of things you can do there in any season.

Kanazawa in the blink of an eye

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Overview

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One of the best things about Kanazawa is that it is a small place, which somehow makes the atmosphere really friendly and generally unpretentious. The Kenrokuen gardens are fantastic, and I would definitely recommend a stop at the one of the confectionary and souvenir shops there, where we consumed plenty of mochi and were treated to cups of green tea during a daytime shower outside. Another unforgettable experience was going out to eat in a small restaurant in the evening, where we met a crowd of locals and were served some sashimi that was very tasty indeed! I would also take the time to do some shopping, and make a stop at the Honda museum, where you will find all kinds of weird an...Read More

Ryokan

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Hotel

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If you want to stay somewhere a little more culturally authentic in Japan than an expensive tourist hotel, you will find a great option is a ryokan. There are many in Kanazawa, and the best way to find them is to ask at the tourist contact point at the central bus/train station, which is probably how you're getting to Kanazawa anyway. They speak very good English there (I tried to speak Japanese but they hardly let me), and will both make suggestions and contact the places for you to find if there are vacancies. Just ask them for something quite small, and obviously with its own bath (ofuro). You will be told to bathe in the evenings, and provided with yukata, the light summer version...Read More

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Ryokan
Kanazawa City Centre
Kanazawa, Japan

Kanazawa

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Restaurant | "Dining/nightlife in Kanazawa"

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It was early evening and my mother and I were walking in the general direction of the ryokan we were staying at, vaguely hungry and possibly up for something more exciting should it come our way. My feet were getting clammy and wet with the snow that would not stop falling from the sky, flakes settling on my newly purchased bright purple scarf and clinging to my eyelashes. Wondering whether we should just go back to the ryokan to warm up the frozen toes, we noticed a small wooden door along the row of houses to our left, and having decided to take a closer peek, were greeted by the warm and bustling atmosphere of a typical bar/restaurant where we immediately took seats at the counter. Our coats ...Read More

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Kanazawa
Kanazawa City Centre
Kanazawa, Japan

Kenrokuen Park

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Attraction | "Kenrokuen"

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Kenrokuen is one of the three most famous Japanese gardens that exist, and is to be appreciated for a multitude of reasons. First of all, as mentioned above, Japan is very special in terms of its nature, as it has a unique feature for every season that can only be witnessed to its full glory in this particular country. This magnificent garden exploits that aesthetic potential to the fullest. The Japanese spring is famed for its sakura, the pink flowers that bring cherry trees into life every year around April. People will gather any night of the week to indulge in sake-drinking under the blossom. As spring moves into summer, the weather will get persistenly sunnier until a p...Read More

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Kenrokuen Park
Kanazawa City
Kanazawa, Japan

Honda Museum

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Attraction

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First of all, if you want to find it, I don't remember a street name (and street names don't usually help much in Japan anyway), but maps of the town with all its tourist attractions are available at the train station (where the buses also run from) and probably the hotel or ryokan or wherever you've chosen to stay. The Honda Museum is one that displays anything and pretty much everything related to the Honda clan, an important family in Japanese history. It spanned many generations, and you will therefore find a wide range of items dating from various periods in history, adding to the interest value. To give you some idea, there are drawings, objects like small painted pots and jars, ...Read More

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Honda Museum
South of Kenrokuen Garden and adjacent to the Noh Theater
Kanazawa, Japan
+81-76-261-0500