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Kenrokuen Garden
Kanazawa Castle Park
Nagamachi Buke yashiki District and the Nomura Family House

Higashi Chaya District
Kazuemachi Chaya District
Utatsuyama Temple Area

Omi-cho Market
Nishi Chaya District
Teramachi Temple Area

Ninja-dera Temple
Daijoji Temple
Kanaiwa/Ono-Komachinami




 Kenrokuen Garden
 
Kenrokuen is justifiably classified as one of Japan's "three most beautiful landscape gardens" alongside Mito's Kairakuen, and Okayama's Korakuen. In fact, many people consider it the best of them all. The garden was constructed by the ruling Maeda family over a period of nearly two centuries. It is located in the center of Kanazawa city. Also it has been considered as a garden where people can appreciate the beauty of four seasons and loved by many local people as well as by foreign tourists. Map



 Kanazawa Castle Park
 
Kanazawa Castle was founded in 1583 when the Maeda family moved to Kanazawa to establish the Kaga Domain. Ishikawa-mon Gate and The Sanjukken Nagaya have been designated as a National Important Cultural Asset. It has been called Kanazawa Castle Park together with the Hishi Yagura turret, Gojikken Nagaya warehouse, and Hashizume-mon Tsuzuki Yagura turret that were restored in 2001. Map



 

 Nagamachi Buke yashiki District
      and the Nomura Family House

 
It is the site of samurai residences for Kaga lords and middle-class samurai warriors. The ochre-colored earthen walls with bushimado (samurai window) recall the atmosphere of those days. "Komo," which protects the earthen walls from snow is typical Kanazawa winter scenery. The site includes the Nomura Family House, which is open to the public, and Naga-machi Yuzen Kan(former 'Saihitsuan') where the manufacturing process of Kaga Yuzen is carried out. Map



 Higashi Chaya District
 
Higashi Chaya District is the most prestigious and grandest of the remaining three streets in Kanazawa and has been designated as a site of Important Traditional Japanese Architecture. "Chaya"houses with red-brown lattices line a narrow stone road. The area still remains the atmosphere of Bunsei period (1820). Map



 Kazuemachi Chaya District
 
The Chaya district is on the banks of the Asanogawa River. It is one of the three streets in Kanazawa It becomes even more attractive in the evening. The district has been designated as a site of Important Traditional Japanese Architecture. You can thoroughly enjoy Japanese style dinner with the beautiful scenery around. Map



 Utatsuyama Temple Area
 
Utatsuyama Temple Area is one of the temple districts in Kanazawa, crowded with 53 temples and shrines. The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Domain (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) collected shrines and temples in this district. It is a quiet walk course where your heart will settle down. You can enjoy a variety of courses according to your convenience. Visitors can see the interiors of some of the temples and shrines. Map



 Omi-cho Market
 
Omi-cho Market is a lively open-air food market located in the south-east side of Musashi area. It is patronized by 180 local household shoppers and restaurant professionals. They sell unique "Kaga-yasai "(Traditional Vegetables of Ishikawa Prefecture) such as Hetamurasaki-nasu (eggplant), Kinjisou (green leaf) and Kagafuto-kyuuri (cucumber) as well as local fresh seafood. You can enjoy those local foods at the restaurants in the market Map



 Nishi Chaya District
 
Nishi Chaya District is the smallest one among three streets in Kanazawa. However even today, Japanese-style restaurants and geisha-girl delivery stores produce items of great elegance. After dark, the sounds of the shamisen can be heard, lending the streets further charm. Nishi Chaya Museum is located in the building where Seijiro Shimada, a writer, lived when young and there are items exhibited here describing the culture and the instruments of Teahouses. Map



 

 Teramachi Temple Area
 
The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Domain (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) in feudal times, gathered approximately 70 temples along the south side of the Saigawa River. Myoryuji temple famlous as "Ninjadera". Shougetsuji temple is famlous for its cherry tree. Daienji, Gannenji, Uhouin, Ryuenji, Kongohji, Hongakuji, Gannenji temples are also worth visiting as well. Map



 Ninja-dera Temple (Myoryuji Temple)
 
Myoryuji Temple, commonly known as Ninjadera ("Ninja Temple"), was built by the Maeda lords, rulers over the region during the Edo Period. While not actually associated with ninjas, the temple earned its nicknamed because of its many deceptive defences. The temple's defences aimed to guard against intruders or attack, and include hidden tunnels, secret rooms, traps, and a labyrinth of corridors and staircases. These can be viewed by guided tour (reservations required at 076-241-0808) held in Japanese, although excellent English guidebooks are available upon request. Map



 Daijoji Temple
 
Daijoji Temple is a Zen temple of Soto sect located in the base of the Daijoji Mountain. It has a history of more than 700 years and is still one of the strictest Zen temples in the country. Those who want to learn the culture of Japan deeply have to learn Buddhism and Zen. The temple also accepts people who want to stay and experience the life style of Zen priests. Map



 Kanaiwa/Ono-Komachinami
 
A route connecting Osaka and Hokkaido via the Sea of Japan was active from the latter half of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century. The Kanaiwa and Ono areas prospered as a port town on the route in Kanazawa. Zeniya Gohei from Kanaiwa made a huge fortune from the trade vessel, Kitamae-bune which carried a variety of products and information along the coast of the Japan Sea around the end of Edo period. In the Ono area, in particular, soy sauce has been manufactured from salt and soybeans carried by ship and subsoil water taken from the area. Even nowadays you can enjoy the atmosphere of that time. Map





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