Eat as You Go in Omicho, “Kanazawa’s Kitchen”
Learn how to enjoy Kanazawa's Omicho Fish Market the way the locals do, perusing the selection of fresh seafood, sake, veggies and fruits. Pick up the best (and cheapest!) sake to pair with Omicho's many samples and single servings.
Komatsu: Pines, Performances & Peace
Just 17 minutes away by train or car, Komatsu is the birthplace of "Children's Kabuki" and a place to reconnect with nature, with the sprawling forest shrine of Natadera, the moss garden at the Forest of Wisdom, and the Takigahara Farm, an…
Beniya Mukayu, a Ryokan Reincarnated
Ryokans, Japan's bathing hotels, have changed significantly over the last century. Beniya Mukayu retains its traditions alongside its contemporary beauty.
Kaga Onsen’s Hot Spring Resort, Yamanaka Onsen
The most popular of Kaga Onsen's hot spring resorts is Yamanaka Onsen, established 1300 years ago with the legend of a Buddha who knew its medicinal secrets
Yuwaku Onsen: A World Away in Kanazawa
What do you get when you cross Shirakawa-go with Yamanaka? The 1300-year-old Yuwaku Onsen, a sleepy village set deep in the mountainous forests of Kanazawa.
The 3 Geisha Districts of Kanazawa
Higashi Chaya is just one of three geisha districts in Kanazawa. Here's what discoveries to make in each tea house district in the city to make the most of your visit through them.
Road Trip Through the Noto Peninsula
The natural landscape of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture makes an beautiful and worthwhile day trip from Kanazawa. Whether by bus or car, the most breathtaking sites are easy to find.
Machiya, Traditional Japanese Living
Daily Life Centuries Ago… Kanazawa is famous as “Little Kyoto.” You can walk in a historical cityscape. The Japanese castle, the geisha districts of Nishi Chaya and Higashi Chaya, and the Samurai Residence District . . . You may alre…
31 Museums in Kanazawa (Plus 4 More!)
Kanazawa has an insane number of museums of all sizes, each with its own focus and theme. Whether you’re a museum lover or just want to visit those that suit your own interests, Kanazawa can accommodate. Below are the top 31 notable …
Finding the Secrets of “the Ninja Temple”
Famous for its trick doors, hidden chambers, and many traps, Myouryu-ji is often referred as Ninjadera, or "Ninja Temple," though the temple has little to do with ninja at all. The temple was a sanctuary for forbidden samurai and offered e…
The Samurai’s Hometown, Nagamachi
Literally meaning "the long samurai residence neighborhood," this district was home to high and mid-ranking samurai soldiers of Edo-era Kanazawa. The tawny stone and mud walls that line the streets make a fortress of the neighborhood itsel…
Of Sacred Wells and Magic Stones: The Secrets of Kanazawa Shrine
Conspicuously small and hidden for the shrine that shares its city's name, Kanazawa Shrine is a secret many visitors miss and fewer know how to appreciate. The grounds of this small, but brilliantly-colored shrine are connected to ancient …
18 Free Things to Do in Kanazawa
Kanazawa has plenty to occupy the backpacker on a budget. Here are our picks for the top 18 free ways to enjoy this samurai castle town!
Tentokuin: The Princess Temple in Kanazawa
She was only three years old.
Shukubo Ikumo: A Temple Stay among the Clouds
Run by Komatsu's Natadera, Ikumo is a green living shukubo (temple lodging) with a low carbon footprint, unique Shinto fire ceremony and delicious food.
Oyama Jinja: A Shrine to Changing Times
Every Kanazawa tourist visits Oyama Jinja Shrine for its beauty. Don't be one of the many who miss its secrets and royal samurai history.
Uchinada: Food, Fun & Festivities by the Sea
Benjamin Ryo Ogawa – "It would be a grave—yet common—mistake to write off Uchinada as simply a bed-town of Kanazawa. Beach, food, karaoke bars, scenery, all come together to give Uchinada a unique beach town vibe."
Ono, Port Town of Innovation
The small port town of Ono in northwest Kanazawa, is one of the top producers of soy sauce in all of Japan and a great sightseeing spot for city cyclists
Kanazawa in Focus: Written with Light
Aaron Mannino — "Each decision I made connected me to a new experience or a new person that helped to weave a growing understanding of Kanazawa and Japan; event after event seemed to give the city unexpected dimension, and to reveal its de…
Shirakawago & Beyond: Farm Villages of the Japanese Alps
Japanese gasshou-style farm villages like those of Shirawakago are only an hour or two away from Kanazawa. The Japanese Alps hosts other villages like Gokayama and Takayama are along bus routes, and Shiramine is even more hidden away. Each…
White Road: Best Driving Route to Shirakawago
White Road is the winding mountain drive that runs through the Japanese Alps between Hakusan City just south of Kanazawa all the way to Shirakawago. It's only open from June to October, as the heavy Japanese snows keep it closed in winter …
Kanazawa in Focus: Museum Round Up
Peppered throughout Kanazawa are an array of strikingly specific museums that celebrate creative processes above all else. Each is highly focused without feeling daunting, and the result is something memorable every time.
Home of the Exiled Samurai: the House of Kurando Terashima
Few know to look for this house that belonged to a banished samurai. Kurando Terashima, a warrior first of the people, was exiled for speaking out harshly against feudal government policies. Additionally a prolific painter, his entire hous…
Fukui Dinosaur Museum
For the dinosaur lover, young and old, no visit to Japan is complete without a day trip from Kanazawa to the Fukui Dinosaur Museum, one of the top thee museums of its kind in the world, the largest in Japan, and dedicated to excavation, re…
Kanazawa in Focus: Kanazawa’s Architecture, Monumental & Intimate
Aaron Mannino – "I took the 'Residence' part of my self-directed Artist In Residence seriously and steeped myself in Kanazawa’s mood and milieu for three weeks rather than spread myself too thin in multiple well-tread cities."
Kanazawa in Focus: City of Gold
Aaron Mannino – "Though staying rooted in single city may have sacrificed a larger more varied scope of Japan, Kanazawa provided the more intimate and microcosmic path, best suited for my artistic intentions and personal style."
Family-friendly Spots in and around Kanazawa
Here is our list of family-friendly spots for each child's need, be it a playground, a source for entertainment or education, or a dedicated place to relax.
Yuyado Sakamoto: A Unique Ryokan Experience in the Noto
"There is no TV, no internet connection, no private restroom, no air conditioner. If you cannot do without, then you cannot afford to stay" —Yuyado Sakamoto
Kitaro Nishida Museum of Philosophy
The Kitaro Nishida Museum of Philosophy, designed by Tadao Ando, is one of Kanazawa's architectural marvels. The man it honors was often controversial in his lifetime for incorporating Western with Eastern ideas. Nishida lived in the same …
I wish I’d planned more time to spend here…
Andrew Blechman – "I knew close to nothing about Kanazawa when I arrived. A good friend invited me to visit, and boy am I ever grateful. Kanazawa is surprisingly classy, artsy, and just the right goldilocks size for a city."
The Great Cherry Tree, the Oldest Sakura in Teramachi
Sakura trees are beautiful, but some like this temple's Great Cherry, are also historically significant. Its white flowers bloom later and larger!
The Legendary Grand Japanese Garden: Kenroku-en
In the Eastern tradition of garden landscaping, there are six possible elements, or aspects, that one can draw from when designing a garden, which pair off into three sets of oppositions: spaciousness and seclusion, artificiality and natur…
The Origin of Zen
The popularity of Zen Buddhism; with its stronger focus on nature, the possibility of spontaneous enlightenment, and an emphasis on mentors and teachers rather than deities; exploded as the developing samurai warrior class adopted its teac…