Kanazawa

Kanazawa, best known for the stunning Kenroku-en Gardens, is one of Japan’s best kept secrets. Ruled first by Buddhist monks and then by the powerful and wealthy Maeda clan, Kanazawa was once one of Japan’s richest cities. It was also one of only a handful of cities to escape damage during the Second World War, and Kanazawa’s older districts are consequently remarkably well preserved.

Kanazawa’s treasures reflect its rich and varied history, with samurai and geisha districts rubbing shoulders with temples and the newly reconstructed castle. The city is also famed for its traditional arts of ceramics and lacquer ware as well as for its kaga-ryori cuisine.

With so much to offer and a brand new Bullet train connection from Tokyo that opened in 2015 as well as easy onward connections to Kyoto and Osaka, Kanazawa is becoming an increasingly popular location to visit.

Experiences in Kanazawa

Gold Leaf Atelier Visit

Gold-leaf is made by beating gold into an extremely thin sheet with a thickness of 0.1 to 0.125 millionths of a meter. It is so thin that it will disappear when you rub it with your fingers. The production of...

Accommodation in Kanazawa

Kanazawa Tokyu Hotel

Completely refurbished and reopened in 2015, this hotel has a lot going for it, but as a base for sightseeing in Kanazawa, its unbeatable location is what sets it apart. Kenrokuen Gardens, the city’s premier attraction, is under 10 minutes...

Takitei Ryokan

A traditional ryokan located upstream of the Saigawa River in central Kanazawa, Takitei is surrounded by the crystal clear river and rich natural environment, allowing guests to escape their daily lives and enjoy a truly relaxing time. The ryokan is...

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa

Hotel Nikko Kanazawa combines an elegant European atmosphere with the beauty of the four seasons. Being the tallest hotel in the Hokuriku area it features world-class views in an excellent location close to the station. After a day of sight-seeing,...

Motoyu Ishiya

Located in Fukatani spa, a 400 year old castle town on the outskirts of Kanazawa, this long established ryokan has a history of over 200 years. The brown coloured water of the hot springs is well known for its medicinal...

Asadaya ryokan

Asadaya is more than 140 years old and the most famous ryokan in Kanazawa. It has only 5 elaborate rooms for guests in order to provide perfect services in accordance with the "sukiya" style of simplicity. Asadaya Ryokan is similar...

ANA Crowne Plaza Kanazawa

This mid-range hotel is situated conveniently close to the train station, and is ideally located in the tourism centre of the city. Comfortable, well-appointed twin and double rooms are available to choose from. The hotel boasts ample facilities for dining...