Kanazawa is located in the Hokuriku region of Honshu island of Japan. This unexplored city is one of the most beautiful places in the world. This city will make you fall in love with its people, food and culture. Kanazawa is like a Kohinoor in the jewels of Japan’s tourism. Here, we provide you with 8 reasons to visit Kanazawa which will be good enough to convince you to visit there at least once in your lifetime.
- Rich History
The word Kanazawa means “marsh of gold”. It is believed that the legend of peasant Imohori Togoro was digging for potatoes when flakes of gold were found. In 1580, the peasant’s kingdom was overthrown by Oda Nobunaga and later he was displaced by Maeda Toshii who continued to rule from Kanazawa castle. If you are a history enthusiast, you would definitely love to see these castles and other related historical places.
This city is a hub of beautiful temples and shrines. Ozaki shrine is one of the most famous shrines
The city of Kanazawa is famous for its traditional crafts. You can buy crafts like
- Kenrokuen Garden
One of the three great gardens of Japan, it was built outside Kanazawa Castle. The word “K
- Samurai Districts
These are the areas which once used to belong to the Samurais and their families. Now you can enjoy these tourist stop-offs and the three houses to look out for include Nomura House, Kaga Hanshi and Ashigaru Shiryokan. Wandering and exploring these houses with their gardens can be fascinating enough for you to come back here again.
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art offers some of the splendour artworks done by artists from both Japan and other foreign countries. Other museums include Honda Forest, Ishikawa Prefectural Museum, Morihachi Sweets Shop and Wooden Mold museum, Kanazawa Museum of Modern Literature that showcase contemporary exhibits and fine art.
Asanogawa Riverside Garden Party is held in April along Asano river banks and is about traditional displays and mesmerising performances of singing and dancing. Hyakuman Goku festival is celebrated in June for the entry of Lord Maeda Toshiie into Kanazawa festival. It’s a three-day festival. Parades, folk dancing competitions, public tea ceremony and children’s lantern parade are organised. The festive vibes and the people dressed up in traditional clothes will energise your soul.
- Food, Drinks & Nightlife
Have you ever eaten gold? If not, then do it now! Kanazawa is well known for gold production and many restaurants