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…
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 …
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!
Kanazawa’s 3-Day Festival: Hyakumangoku
2019 May 31st – June 2nd jump to festival schedule below The largest Japanese festival of Kanazawa is a three-day bash at the start of June centered around the city’s rich samurai and artisan history. Taiko drums, marching samurai wa…
Gold Leaf: The Gaudy, the Gorgeous and the Glorious
Gold leaf is everywhere in Kanazawa, the "El Dorado" of Japan. From edible gold on sushi and every kind of sweet to beauty masks and samurai armor!
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…
Oyama Jinja: Kanazawa’s Most Popular Shrine
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.
Noh Business Like Hosho Business
Think you know Noh? This deliberate and dignified theatre style has deep roots in Kanazawa. Learn where you can practice in the very steps of Kanazawa's master actors just a few steps from our door.
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.