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…
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 …
Tentokuin: The Princess Temple in Kanazawa
She was only three years old.
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.
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…
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…
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."
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.
The Great Cherry Tree, the Oldest Sakura in Teramachi
Sprawling onto the main road in Teramachi is the Ōsakura-no-Shōgetsuji, or the “Great Cherry at Shōgetsu-ji Temple,” a four-century old monumental cherry tree. This massive yamazakura, or mountain cherry, blooms a few days late…
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…