Samurai Residence, Kanazawa
Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa
Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa
Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa
Kanazawa in winter
Kanazawa at blossom time

About Kanazawa

Kanazawa sits on the Sea of Japan coast, bordered by the Japan Alps, Hakusan National Park and Noto Peninsula National Park.

The new Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullet train) makes it even easier and more convenient to reach from Tokyo.

During the Edo Period, Kanazawa served as the seat of the Maeda Clan, the second most powerful feudal clan after the Tokugawa. So Kanazawa grew to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivaling Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo). Kanazawa is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Crafts and Folk Art.

  • The Chaya Districts and the teahouses where geisha perform
  • Japan’s most celebrated Kenroku-en Garden
  • The Ninjadera (Ninja Temple) and its secret doors and traps
  • Kanazawa’s former samurai district Nagamachi
  • Oyama Shrine
  • Omicho Market
  • Kanazawa castle

During World War Two, Kanazawa was Japan’s second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape destruction by air raids. Consequently, parts of the old castle town, such as the Nagamachi samurai district and Chaya entertainment districts, have survived in good condition.

Today, Kanazawa remains an important city in its region, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. The city boasts many historical attractions such as restored residences and districts, as well as modern museums. But Kanazawa’s unchallenged main attraction is Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s “three best landscape gardens” and considered by many to be the most beautiful of them all.

Our packages includes Kanazawa

Tokyo Bay Bridge

Discover Japan 14 days

This fully-escorted tour takes you to some of the major sightseeing spots in Japan. Discover an amazing variety of places from the modern cities of Tokyo and Osaka to the peaceful countryside of Takayama. This is a GROUP tour with departure dates in Mar/Apr/May in 2017.


Explore Japan by Rail 22 days

Explore Japan in depth on this fully-escorted tour, from the southern island of Kyushu to Sapporo in the north, taking in many fascinating towns and cities on the way. Travel by train including the world-famous Bullet train with your Japan Rail Pass. This is a GROUP tour departing the UK 18 March, 08 April and […]

Tokyo by night


Honshu is the largest island of Japan, and the country-wide Japan Rail Pass allows you to explore all the cities and regions at your own pace.
Our itinerary suggestion includes travelling down from Tokyo using the newly-opened HOKURIKU SHINKANSEN line to Kanazawa and on to the historic city of Kyoto. The package includes the 7-day […]

Gassho-zukuri farmhouses, Shirakawa-go


Tour Japan taking in one of the country’s most important World Heritage Sites. Nikko, around 95 miles north of Tokyo, is one of Japan’s most beautiful shrines. Now protected in a National Park, Nikko is one of Japan’s most important UNESCO World Heritage sites. Takayama’s streets of old wooden houses offer a glimpse of life […]

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