House of the Banished Samurai, 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…
The “Ninja” Temple: Samurai Secrets and Lies
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…
Exploring the Hidden Paths of Kanazawa
Of course, the geisha and samurai districts are lovely to walk about in, but they are often crowded by tourists. But for a taste of Kanazawa sans the circus, check out these streets and hidden ways: Satomi-cho, a Quiet Samurai District Thi…
Toyama, for Crafts & Nature Lovers
There are many charming spots in Toyama, but from here I want to share everything that appeals to my craftwork-loving heart! So let's start...
Shirakawago & Beyond: Farm Villages of the Japanese Alps
From the convenient and historic castle town of Kanazawa, visiting Shirakawago and other Japanese mountain farm villages is any easy trek and a winter must.
32 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 32 notable …
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.
The 3 Geisha Districts of Kanazawa
It's not enough to say, "I want to visit Kanazawa's geisha district," as the Japanese castle town has three! Here's how best to enjoy each one.
One Night in Kanazawa: 24 Hours in the City of Gold
Only one night in Kanazawa planned and don't know where to go? No problem! Here's our recommended walking itinerary for enjoying Kanazawa, Japan in 24 hours!
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.
Machiya, Traditional Japanese Living
Daily Life Centuries Ago… Kanazawa is one of those places called “Little Kyoto” for its historical cityscape. The Japanese castle, the tea houses of the Geisha Districs, the fortified residences of the Samurai District . . . You may …