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All that glitters is gold: Kanazawa gold-leaf experience

On her recent trip to Japan, Karan from the UK office went in search of art, creativity and luxury in Kanazawa. Here, she participated in a gold-leaf experience, learning more about Kanazawa’s most famous export, and decorating her own product in the process! Kanazawa (金沢) literally means “gold marsh” and is certainly a glitzy place….

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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 and relaxing, including Japanese and Chinese restaurants and a bar.

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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 to a history or art museum, and has an excellent collection of sword guards from…

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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 gold leaf started in Kanazawa at the end of the 16th century. The Maeda family,…

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Higashi Chaya-gai

One of only three chaya-gai (geisha districts) in Japan to be listed as a cultural assets, Kanazawa’s Higashi Chaya has changed little since its heyday in the early 19th Century. Not only are the buildings a beautifully preserved remnant of the old Japan, geisha still live and work here, and occasionally can be seen out…

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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, enjoy a meal in one of the unique restaurants of the hotel, or simply sit…

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Ishikawa is a prefecture in the Hokuriku area of central Japan, located on the Japan Sea coast. The prefecture’s capital and most famous city is Kanazawa, known for its stunning Kenrokuen Gardens. The northern part of the prefecture is the Noto Peninsula, a very scenic area of rugged coastlines and a lovely place to explore…

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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 away on foot, it’s just 5 minutes to the Samurai Quarter and there are plenty…

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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 properties and there is a beautiful traditional garden with a Noh stage. Meals are based…

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Nagamachi Samurai Quarter

Kanazawa’s old samurai district, Nagamachi is characterized by earthen walls which surround the historical residences. Many of the houses can be visited, and we particularly recommend the Nomura residence, which is now a museum and well known for its verdant garden, the Ashigaru Shiryokan Museum, which features reconstructed houses of samurai foot soldiers, and the…

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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 located only 15 minutes from Kenrokuen Gardens, making it an ideal place to stay in…

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