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…
Seisonkaku Villa & the Last Days of its Lord and Lady
Seisonkaku, a carefully preserved Japanese villa and home to a lady whose house served the imperial aristocacry, stands today as a house museum in Kanazawa.
Kanazawa Castle: Hokuriku’s Horizontal Hold
Kanazawa Castle is an impeccably restored wooden fortress, a marvel of carpetntry, stone masonry and defensive capabilities, and a history of war with fire.
Kanazawa Curry: Not Your Basic Japanese Curry!
You wouldn't expect Japanese curry to be representative of food culture in Kanazawa, but this thick, rich curry is one you must taste for yourself!
The Samurai District of Kanazawa: Nagamachi
Home to samurai soldiers of Edo era Kanazawa, the fortified walls now surround samurai museums, craft shops, unique cafes and Japanese gardens.
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.
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…
Japan’s Noto Peninsula: A Breathtaking Road Trip
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.
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…
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.
Owara Kaze no Bon, Toyama’s Mysterious Dancing Festival
Hundreds of women in uniform kimono dance through the night, ghost-like, faces hidden under folded straw hats, in a prayer to the wind to spare them this year during Toyama's Festival of the Dead.