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Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

Welcome travel fans! I’ve been traveling around the world for 20 years and most of my trips were to Asia. I think I have been crazy about Japan since I was a child and I will be happy to share this passion with you…

Kanazawa is a charming city with rich history offering unique attractiveness no matter the season, with its culture and arts rooted in the city, rich food culture, and a townscape and cultures where old and new coexist, where tradition and creativity are beautifully balanced. All against its historical backdrop as a prosperous castle town.

Kanazawa is a destination that will delight your five senses.

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What you definitely should to visit

Tourist Attractions

Higashi Chaya
Price: free

Higashi Chaya

1 Chome Higashiyama

open for 24 hours

Kenroku-en Garden
Price: 320 yen

Kenroku-en Garden

1 Kenrokumachi

from 7 am to 6 pm (March - Oct 15), from 8 am to 5 pm (Oct 16 - Feb)

Nagamachi Samurai House District
Price: free

Nagamachi Samurai House District

1 Chome-3-12-2 Nagamachi

open for 24 hours

Myouryuji (Ninja Temple)
Price: 1,200 yen

Myouryuji (Ninja Temple)

1 Chome-2-12 Nomachi

from 9 am to 4 pm (Weekdays), from 9 am to 4:30 pm (Weekdays)

Attractions For Kids

Dolls Museum
Price: 500 yen

Dolls Museum

2 Chome-24-1 Nomachi

from 10 am to 5 pm Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Myouryuji (Ninja Temple)
Price: 1,200 yen

Myouryuji (Ninja Temple)

1 Chome-2-12 Nomachi

from 9 am to 4 pm (Weekdays), from 9 am to 4:30 pm (Weekdays)

Nomura-ke Samurai Residence
Price: 550 yen

Nomura-ke Samurai Residence

1 Chome-3-32 Nagamachi

from 8:30 am to 5 pm

Kanazawa Castle Park and ruins
Price: free

Kanazawa Castle Park and ruins

1-1 Marunouchi

from 7 am to 6 pm

Museums

Museums

D.T. Suzuki Museum
Price: 300 yen

D.T. Suzuki Museum

〒920-0964 Ishikawa

from 9:30 to 5 pm,
Closed on Monday

Nomura-ke Samurai Residence
Price: 550 yen

Nomura-ke Samurai Residence

1 Chome-3-32 Nagamachi

from 8:30 am to 5 pm

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
Price: 370 yen

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art

2-1 Dewamachi

from 9:30 to 6 pm

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
Price: 450 yen

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

1 Chome-2-1 Hirosaka

from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on M

Kanazawa top sights

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Kanazawa top sights

Purpose: visiting top sights

1-2 days

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Kanazawa hidden “gems”

Let’s go a little further from the basic itinerary to off the beaten path and know more about the little pearl of Japan…

Ninjabuki Museum
Price: 500 yen

Ninjabuki Museum

2 Chome-26-1 Nomachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 921-8031

from 10 am to 5 pm

Chuo Mishokugai bar area
Price: free

Chuo Mishokugai bar area

〒920-0981 Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Katamachi

from 5 pm

Kazuemachi Chaya District
Price: free

Kazuemachi Chaya District

2-5 Kazuemachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0908

open for 24 hours

SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya Kanazawa
Price: from 1,100 yen

SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya Kanazawa

2 Chome-8-3 Ishibiki

from 10 am to 6 pm

Noto Peninsula
Price: free

Noto Peninsula

Soryomachi, Wajima, Ishikawa 928-0006

open for 24 hours

Expert tips in Kanazawa

Anna Kraskovska

Stay longer

Most of the people come here for a day trip missing the most authentic experience sometimes. Find out what else Kanazawa can offer except for the historic tea houses area… Stay 2-3 days to discover that Kanazawa is a great destination where you can enjoy delicious food and rich history.

Anna Kraskovska

Authentic experience

I encourage you to experience more authentic Japan wherever you go and in Kanazawa in particular. Don’t miss staying in traditional Japanese ryokan, authentic izakayas, Kanazawa hidden “gems” and many other truly Japanese features.

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Our expert travel planners will craft a unique, custom route that includes all the must-see sights and hidden gems, divided by day and with a clear route from A to Z.

  • We'll save you time by doing all the research and planning for you.

  • Our experts have insider knowledge of unique and off-the-beaten-path destinations that aren't typically found in guidebooks.

  • Your itinerary will be fully customized to your interests, preferences, and travel style.

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Great food experience

Sushi Asanogawa ($$$ - expensive)

Sushi Asanogawa ($$$ - expensive)

2-13 Kazuemachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0908, Japan 〒920-0908 石川県金沢市主計町2−13

Fabulous place with high quality sushi and Omakase (chef's choice) course, including a wide range of excellent sake.

Fuwari ($$$ - moderate to expensive)

Fuwari ($$$ - moderate to expensive)

Japan, 〒920-0902 Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Owaricho, 2 Chome−6−57 串茶屋風和利

Charming local bar with exceptional food and service. Enjoy perfectly grilled pork belly, lotus root, super fresh seafood, and a wide range of great sake or local beer. An English menu is also available.

Kourin Sushi ($$ - moderate)

Kourin Sushi ($$ - moderate)

79 Bakuromachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0903, Japan 〒920-0903 石川県金沢市博労町79

A little “gem” with an amazing atmosphere, incredible food and great service for a very reasonable price. An English menu is also available.

Nekoyanagi Steak House ($$$ - expensive)

Nekoyanagi Steak House ($$$ - expensive)

12-32 Yasuecho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0854, Japan 〒920-0854 石川県金沢市安江町12−32

A lovely steak house with super delicious steaks they focus on. Highly recommended for those who love great food and charming atmosphere!

Shopping Malls

Kanazawa Hyakubangai

Kanazawa Hyakubangai

1-1 Kinoshinbomachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0858, Japan 〒920-0858 石川県金沢市木ノ新保町1−1

Nice mall with lots of really good stores and a wide choice of restaurants very close to Kanazawa station.

Korinbo Atrio

Korinbo Atrio

1 Chome-1-1 Korinbo, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0961, Japan 〒920-0961 石川県金沢市香林坊1丁目1−1

Chic shopping mall with stylish fashion for men and women and quite nice food court.

Aeon Town Kanazawa Shimeno

Aeon Town Kanazawa Shimeno

Japan, 〒920-0069 Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Toitanishi, 1 Chome−55 〒920-0069 石川県金沢市戸板西1丁目55

It’s a big mall with a wide range of stores, restaurants and a supermarket open 24/7.

Korinbo Tokyu Square

Korinbo Tokyu Square

2 Chome-1-1 Korinbo, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0961, Japan 〒920-0961 石川県金沢市香林坊2丁目1−1

Korinbo Tokyu Square is a small sized mall in Kanazawa where you can find many things of high end quality for a premium price.

Shopping Streets

Higashi Chaya District

Higashi Chaya District

1 Chome Higashiyama, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0831, Japan 〒920-0831 石川県金沢市東山1丁目

Traditional neighborhood with tea houses selling gold-leaf crafts and other local craft souvenirs.

Nishi Chaya District

Nishi Chaya District

2 Chome-25-18 Nomachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 921-8031, Japan 〒921-8031 石川県金沢市野町2丁目25−18

Amazing historic district featuring many lovely craft shops, and old Edo-period tea houses. You can also meet geisha here.

Tatemachi shopping district

Tatemachi shopping district

Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0997

It is a lively district with many shops. This is where you’ll find the latest trends in everything from clothing and accessories to sweets, drinks, and new local delicacies.

Korinbo shopping district

Korinbo shopping district

Korinbo

Korinbo is one of Kanazawa's most famous shopping districts. It’s a bustling place with malls, luxury cafes and department stores similar to those in Tokyo’s famous Shibuya district.

Markets

Omicho Market

Omicho Market

50 Kamiomicho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0905, Japan 〒920-0905 石川県金沢市上近江町50

One of the biggest fish markets in Kanazawa with a huge variety of fresh high quality seafood, such as crabs, mushrooms, nuts, vegetables, and ready to eat delicacies.

Kanazawa Port Iki Iki Market

Kanazawa Port Iki Iki Market

Japan, 〒920-0332 Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Muryojimachi, O−52 〒920-0332 石川県金沢市無量寺町ヲ52

It’s a small seafood market where you can shop and eat super fresh seafood cooked a few hours after being caught for a very reasonable price.

Farmers' market

Farmers' market

3 Chome-28 Kodatsuno, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0942, Japan 〒920-0942 石川県金沢市小立野3丁目28

A small farmers market, a bit old-fashioned, where you can buy fresh seasonal vegetables, fruits and other local products like pickled plums at low price.

Kanazawa Wholesale Market

Kanazawa Wholesale Market

Japan, 〒920-0024 Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Sainen, 4-chōme−7−1

It’s a large wholesale market with a tuna auction, many fish sellers and seafood eateries to try fresh sashimi or crab soup.

Dangerous & recommended city areas

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Fortunately there are no dangerous areas in Kanazawa. Where to stay is up to you. I adore Higashi Chaya District due to its historic heritage, charming ambiance, and a wide range of restaurants, bars, and craft shops.

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Best Accomodation

Price:

Sumiyoshiya

〒920-0906 Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Jikkenmachi, 54 旅館 すみよしや
Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

Fantastic traditional rooms! Very comfortable and the owner made us feel so welcome. Location was fantastic, next to the market and walking to the Castle. thoroughly recommend the stay!

Price:

Motoyu Ishiya

〒920-0165 Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Fukatanimachi
    Chi−95 〒920-0165 石川県金沢市深谷町チ95
Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

Exceptional stay. Clean, great food, great service, great facilities

Price:

The Hotel Sanraku Kanazawa

1 Chome-1番1号 Owaricho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0902
    〒920-0902 石川県金沢市尾張町1丁目1番1号
Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska

Fabulous welcome, super modern and comfortable hotel.

Recommended Trip Budget and how to save money

For a couple in Kanazawa

Budget per day Cost, $
Accommodation “Ryokan” $274 (incl. breakfast & dinner)*
Accommodation “Hotel” $210 (incl. breakfast)**
Meals from $35* per pax = $70x2 times=$140***
Entertainment from $35*x2 = $70
Car rental Toyota Rent a Car from $54 (incl. taxes)****

Family of 4 in Kanazawa

Budget per day Cost, $
Accommodation “Ryokan” $659 (incl. breakfast & dinner)*****
Accommodation “Hotel” $236 (incl. breakfast)******
Meals from $35* per pax = $140x2 times=$280***
Entertainment from $35*x4 = $140
Car rental Toyota Rent a Car from $90 (incl. taxes)*******

* Traditional Japanese room with 2 futons

** Double room with 1 large bed

*** Good meal course in a restaurant

**** Mini/Compact class, 5 seats

***** Traditional Japanese room with 4 futons

****** Superior Twin room with 2 large beds

*******Toyota, Standart class, 5 seats

 

2 days Itinerary in Kanazawa

Day 1
Kanazawa top sights

09:00

Breakfast at the hotel

10:00

Kenroku-en Garden

11:00

Kanazawa Castle Park

13:00

Lunch at Kourin Sushi

14:00

Higashi Chaya

16:00

Nagamachi Samurai houses

17:00

Nomura-ke Samurai Residence

19:00

Dinner at Sushi Asanogawa

Day 2
More about Kanazawa

09:00

Breakfast at the hotel

10:00

Korinbo district walking & shopping

13:00

Lunch at Omicho Market

14:00

Myouryuji (Ninja Temple)

15:00

Nishi Chaya

16:00

Ninjabuki Museum

17:30

SAKE SHOP Fukumitsuya Kanazawa

19:00

Dinner at Chuo Mishokugai

Customer Journey Stories

Public bathrooms (WC)

There are plenty of public bathrooms in Kanazawa and you can easily find them in Shopping Malls, Markets and other tourist spots or at the parking zones. You can also use toilets at any restaurant or cafe. A few of them are as follows:

WC near Omicho Market

WC near Higashi Chaya area

WC near Kanazawa Castle Park

Parking lots in Kanazawa city

4 Chome-18-1 Ishibiki, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0935, Japan 〒920-0935 石川県金沢市石引4丁目18−1

5 Chome-6-10 Teramachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 921-8033, Japan 〒921-8033 石川県金沢市寺町5丁目6−10

1 Chome-802 Hirooka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0031, Japan 〒920-0031 石川県金沢市広岡1丁目802

City areas closed for vehicles

Don’t bother about this point. There are plenty of parking lots where you can leave your car even very close to the most popular tourist areas like Kanazawa Station or Kanazawa Castle Park

Cooking Classes

In Kanazawa House

In Kanazawa House

1 Chome-4-28 Hosai, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0862, Japan 〒920-0862 石川県金沢市芳斉1丁目4−28

Really great and authentic class to know more about Japanese cuisine. You can be lucky to see geisha to entertain you while you learn to cook tempura. Highly recommended!

Cooking Studio Kanazawa Salon

Cooking Studio Kanazawa Salon

6-6 Musashimachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0855, Japan 〒920-0855 石川県金沢市武蔵町6−6

Very friendly private school with great teachers Moe and Chikako in a charming atmosphere. Learn how to cook amazing Japanese omelet, duck, miso soup and many other super popular Japanese dishes.

Nakata Cooking Gakuen

Nakata Cooking Gakuen

Japan, 〒920-0852 Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Konohanamachi, 4−13 中田料理学園 2F

It is a very nice & professional class with modern equipment and an attentive teacher. You will learn many details about Japanese cuisine and local ingredients.

Washoku Sushi - Making Tour Kanazawa

Washoku Sushi - Making Tour Kanazawa

Japan, 〒920-0852 Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Konohanamachi, 4−13 2階

It’s a high end cooking class devoted to sushi making. Over 50 years of teaching cooking in Kanazawa. Experience how to make simple sushi by the principal of Nakata Culinary Academy and receive a special certificate to make sushi in your country.

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Anna Kraskovska

Anna Kraskovska


Expert Japan
Crystalina

Crystalina


Expert Italy
Jena Hovor

Jena Hovor


Expert France

Let us create your perfect itinerary!

Contact us now and we'll begin creating your one-of-a-kind itinerary, tailored specifically to your preferences and needs.

Our expert travel planners will craft a unique, custom route that includes all the must-see sights and hidden gems, divided by day and with a clear route from A to Z.

  • We'll save you time by doing all the research and planning for you.

  • Our experts have insider knowledge of unique and off-the-beaten-path destinations that aren't typically found in guidebooks.

  • Your itinerary will be fully customized to your interests, preferences, and travel style.

  • We'll provide you with all the essential details, such as transportation options, recommended accommodations, and restaurant reservations.

  • You'll have access to ongoing support from our team throughout your entire trip, ensuring a stress-free and unforgettable experience.

  • The cost of our service is only $190

Contact us now to start planning your dream trip and get all the details and answers to your questions.

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