Kanazawa Highlights Tour Including Kenrokuen Garden - Kanazawa-shi

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Your guide will pick you up at your hotel's lobby at 9:00 am.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This is a one-day, 7-hour tour around Hokuriku's first castle town, "Kanazawa," with a local guide.
Kanazawa is said to be the origin of the city that Kanazawa Mido used as a base of missionary work in Honjyo in the middle of the 16th century. Later in the 16th century, Maeda Toshiya established Kanazawa castle in this area, and since then it developed as the castle town of Kaga Hyakumaishi, prospering from the 17th century during the Edo era to the end of the 19th century. After Edo (Tokyo) and Osaka, alongside the big cities of the scale after Kyoto, it is said that there was this. The samurai city formed around the castle as a vibrant merchant city, and a temple town which was arranged to protect the castle. The atmosphere of the castle town still remains as a place where Japanese culture is beautifully on display.

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After departure from your accommodation, this tour will visit Omicho market first. Omicho market is popular as the kitchen of Kanazawa citizens where seasonal fish and fruits gather, and it can be said that the crabs caught in the Sea of Japan face quite the fate, for it is here where the crabs are lined up, and then also the locally sourced fruit and oden's you can eat while walking around. You can enjoy this scene at your leisure.
Next to Omicho market, you will visit Kanazawa castle. Kanazawa castle, which is a symbol of Kaga Hyakumanges, was built in 1583 by Toshiie Maeda in full scale and was placed as a residence of 14 Maeda family of Kaga clan until 1869. All buildings other than Ishikawa gate and 30 Nagaya (row houses) have disappeared due to repeated fires, but since 1996 the public has benefited from Kanazawa castle park. In 2001, historical buildings were faithfully restored as best possible based on old pictures and old documents. The landscape has once again been revived for the present age.
After lunch, you will visit Kenrokuen. Kenrokuen is one of the three famous Japanese national gardens, listed along with Mito Kairakuen and Okayama Korakuen. The garden boasts a beautiful appearance during every season, and the stunning winter snow hanging together with the famous Koji lanterns in Kanazawa. This is both a symbol and a must-see for Kanazawa sightseeing.
At the end of the tour, you will visit Suzuki Daisenkan from Kenrokuen by way of Honda Forest Park. Suzuki Daisetsu Museum is a spot infused with the thoughts of a world-famous Buddhist philosopher, Suzuki Daisetsu, born Kanazawa, who made Zen culture widely known abroad. Further, Mr. Yoshio Taniguchi is represented here. He is famous for designing large portions of the New York Museum of Modern Art, in particular the extension and renovation of MoMA in 2004, consisting of three buildings, the "entrance building", the "exhibition building", the "thought space building." Here, various representations have been constructed. In the exhibits, it appears as though you passes through a long and narrow corridor that leads to a different space. There is freedom to think and feel as you wish, to touch, watch, and see things as they appear to you, as there is no formal explanation. There is also a space for the various world views of Zen, including the biggest attraction, "the garden of water glasses." Here there is a mysterious charm that draws in the visitor for whatever purpose that might be.


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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Wheelchair accessible

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

A maximum of 10 people per booking

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities

Please join us wearing shoes that are easy to walk in because you will walk the mountain paths.

During severe winter weather, your tour agenda may be subject to change.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 04-Nov-2019

    Our tour guide, Yuri, was sweet, flexible and knowledgeable. She showed us some of the more hidden places of Kanazawa, including a traditional lunch restaurant and a quaint spot for afternoon coffee and tea. We even managed to watch a local parade and learned to take the bus on our own. Thanks to Yuri for a memorable day in Kanazawa.

  • 10-Oct-2019

    Our guide Makiko showed us all that there was to see in Kanazawa. The tour was informative, relaxing and enjoyable and was one of the highlights or our trip to Japan. Kanazawa is certainly quieter than Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe and Hiroshima but definetly worth a visit.

  • 23-Jan-2018

    Excellent way to explore Kanazawa, our guide recommended we go to see the Ninja temple and made the reservation for us, what a treat!
    Highly recommended! Toshiko was knowledgeable and very pleasant to spend the day with.