Welcome to the Ice Cream Capital of Japan!
Kanazawa folks consume more ice cream than in any other city in Japan! In nearly every neighborhood, ice cream can be found, especially in soft serve form. Here are some of the must-try varieties while you're in town: gold ice cream, sake …
Japan’s Superfood: Kouji! Soy Sauce, Miso, Amazake & More
Patrick Okwuosa – "Enjoying Japanese foods made with kouji has changed my life for both my health and my interest in their creation..."
Sushi in Kanazawa: Tasting the Sea of Japan
Sushi varies across Japan, with local catches as delectable specialties. Kanazawa's sushi and seafood spring from the Sea of Japan. Here's our list of local tastes as well as sushi basics.
A Legendary Sushi Shop in Kanazawa: Komatsu Yasuke
The sushi master of Komatsu Yasuke in Kanazawa is one of Japan’s sushi legends. Now over 80 years old, he still amazes us with some of the best sushi around.
All Aboard the Sushi Train! 4 of Kanazawa’s Best Conveyor Belt Restaurants
What do you get when you cross pride in freshness with Japanese efficiency? Kaiten-zushi! Literally meaning “rotation sushi,” kaiten-zushi restaurants serve their plates of nigiri and sushi rolls along conveyor belts and novelt…
Biggest Sushi Ever! Sushi Matsuno
This is definitely the biggest sushi I have ever eaten in my life. It may be the biggest sushi in Japan not from a novelty shop...
Kanazawa in Focus: Confessions of a Connoisseur
Aaron Mannino — "Curio is a small authentic Seattle-style espresso bar with a simple but delicious menu perched near the entrance of Yasuecho Street, a stone's throw from Omicho Market. Their bean is the best I have ever tasted..."
Kanazawa’s Divine Dining, Part 2: Ginger Oyster & Beef Hot Pots at Mifuku
You won't find this dish anywhere else, even in Japan. A generous helping of grated ginger and a secret mix of three kinds of miso with local meat and seafood, cooking right in front of you.
Just as yarn is made by twisting many threads together, the owners of YArn in Komatsu have been intertwining the history of the building and the various aspects of their own backgrounds to create one unique culinary experience.
Kanazawa’s Divine Dining, part 1: Wonderous Wagyu at Hiyoko
Hiyoko has only one item on its menu, wagyu steak with grilled vegetables. They haven't changed their style in over 50 years. With only eight counter seats, you'll need to make a reservation before you go.
Yasaburo, Traditional Japanese Cuisine
Built within a renovated machiya Yasaburo expertly balances the traditional and the contemporary that even comes through its traditional Japanese cuisine, the dinnerware and the selection of sake. The best seats are at the counter close…
Kanazawa in Focus: She Sells Sweets by the Seashore
Aaron Mannino – "All of the food was lovingly and carefully prepared, but what remains with me is the genuine kindness of the chef and barista who engaged their guests as people and not customers."
Spice Diner Hyouitsu
Just 10 minutes from Nishi Chaya, Spice Diner Hyouitsu offers unusual and unique curry flavors: lemon, peppermint, yuzu, ginger... They even have a white soy milk curry!
Kanazawa in Focus: The Slurp Heard Round the World
In the course of my Kanazawa travels, I made a particular study of these variations among the city’s noodle houses, leaning on the recommendations of locals and aficionados. In this pursuit, my artistic fascination with textures as indicat…
Elbow Room, Not Your Typical Sushi Bar
First-time American visitors may often be surprised at what is and isn't on the sushi menus in Japan. In Kanazawa, however, one can find caterpillar, rainbow, and California rolls, considered just as exotic in Japan as in America, which on…
5 New & Original Cocktails at Kanazawa Music Bar
Kanazawa Music Bar (KMB) opened in April, 2017 on first floor of Kaname Inn Tatemachi. For our one year anniversary, we’ve created original cocktails using local ingredients. Have a taste of Kanazawa in your glass! 1. Kaki Old Fashioned Th…
The Taste of Sakura
Japan loves sakura—cherry blossom—flavored treats. Available a few weeks before the first blossoms and for a few weeks after they fall, these are generally available between mid-March and mid-April. Don't mistake this flavor for the cherry…
The Essentials of Sake, Japan’s National Drink
The origins of sake are older than recorded history itself. Although it's often called "rice wine," sake's brewing process is much closer to that of beer. Many sake breweries pride themselves on local water from natural sources. Several br…