HIGHLIGHTSFIND ROUTES BASED ON LOCATIONS
(Tsuzumi-mon Gate & Motenashi (Welcome) Dome)
Selected as one of the world's 14 most beautiful train stations. The Motenashi (Welcome) Dome was designed to represent an umbrella being held out to greet visitors, while Tsuzumi-mon Gate is meant to evoke the type of drum used in traditional performing arts. A great place for photos!
Established in 1721, the so-called “kitchen of Kanazawa” has been a beloved part of the city's food culture ever since. Some shops open quite early in the morning, making it a fun place to drop by.
Oyama Jinja Shrine
Built in 1873, and dedicated to both Maeda Toshiie (the feudal lord who founded the Kaga Domain, where Kanazawa is now located) and his wife, Omatsu no Kata. Walkers and joggers are welcome to climb the stairs and pass through the shrine grounds.
Kanazawa Castle Park
A large park now home to a partial reproduction of Kanazawa Castle, which once stood here. Worth a visit to see the many different stone walls and moats.
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Opened in 2004, featuring a stunning glass-walled circular design. The exterior also features a variety of sculptures open to the public, including the “Maru” stainless steel spheres, and the “Color Activity House,” a set of colorful concentric walls.
The Fourth High School Memorial Park, Ishikawa
Beloved by the people of Ishikawa as a place of learning, even back during the feudal era. Enjoy the old-fashioned red brick architecture of the Fourth High School Memorial Museum of Cultural Exchange.
(Landmark: “Run!” sculpture)
This sculpture was selected as the winner of a 2004 art competition that drew entries from around the world. It represents the city's drive to continuously move forward, adopting and creating new values.
Nicknamed "Otokogawa," or "Manly River," for its mighty flow. A lovely place for a breather, to enjoy the beautiful view of the river and the mountains.
Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District
Once the homes of the feudal lord’s retainers, and even today still in use by the people of Kanazawa. The old earthen walls, narrow stone-paved roads, and irrigation channels have a charming old-fashioned feel.
A narrow alley with stairs, connecting Owari-cho and Kazue-machi. The alley was named by the writer Itsuki Hiroyuki, evoking beauty that was like lamps (“akari”) in the darkness of night, as well as the Japanese phrase meaning “a slope going up” (“agari-zaka”).
Kazue-machi Chaya District
Long a center of high-end restaurants and chaya (literally “tea shops,” but actually venues for geisha entertainment), and a popular spring destination to see the cherry blossoms in bloom along the river.
Higashi Chaya District
A Kanazawa highlight, known for old-fashioned atmosphere and beautiful latticework in a style known as kimusuko. Relatively empty in the mornings — great for joggers!
(Ume-no Hashi Bridge)
The Ume-no Hashi Bridge (“Plum Blossom Bridge”) is said to be named to complement the Sakurabashi Bridge (“Cherry Blossom Bridge”) along the Saigawa River. This is also the area where Izumi Kyoka's story “Giketsu Kyoketsu” takes place. The view from the Ume-no Hashi Bridge is great for photos.
Built by the Maeda Clan, who once ruled this area. Today, this is considered one of Japan's three finest gardens, and it enjoys spectacular natural beauty and scenery through all four seasons.
First established in 1634 by Maeda Toshitsune, the third lord of the Kaga Domain, and handed down generation by generation to his successors. Compared to Kenroku-en Garden, this garden is considered to have an atmosphere much more akin to that of the feudal lords' courtyard gardens.
(Landmark: Yuuyou Monument)
This stainless steel monument was designed by Order of Culture recipient and Kanazawa native Hasuda Shugoro, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Kanazawa City in 1989.
Ishikawa Prefectural Office
Moved to its current location in 2003, from the old prefectural office location in Hirosaka (now the Shiinoki Cultural Complex). The 19th floor features an observation lobby that offers incredible views of Kanazawa, the Sea of Japan, Mt. Hakusan, and more.
The Moon Gate was built in 2003 to coincide with the relocation of the Ishikawa Prefectural Office. The “tsuki” in Kuratsuki, where the prefectural office is located, means “moon,” — the design was intended to evoke this image. Shortly past the Moon Gate, you should soon be able to see Kanazawa Port in the distance.
Courtesy of the Kanazawa Port and Airport Office of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
A major distribution hub for Kanazawa, bustling with fishing boats, freighters, and, in recent years, cruise ships, making it a sightseeing spot, too.
Tera-machi Temple Area
The largest of Kanazawa's three temple areas. Tera-machi is home to some 70 temples, each with its own history and stories.
The family temple of Tamahime, who was the daughter of the second shogun, Tokugawa Hidetada, and was also the wife of the third lord of the Kaga Domain, Maeda Toshitsune.The nearby area is known as the Kodatsuno Temple Area, and is home to many temples.
Ishikawa Prefectural History Museum
Learn about the history of Ishikawa, from ancient times to the modern day. The red brick buildings that make up the museum were once military armories, which were reclaimed in the postwar period for use by the Kanazawa College of Art before becoming this museum. The museum buildings were nationally registered as an Important Cultural Property in 1990.
A small path that connects the Nakamura Memorial Museum and the D. T. Suzuki Museum. A peaceful path surrounded by greenery, making it a great place for a moment of contemplation amid nature.
D. T. Suzuki Museum
Dedicated to the history and teachings of this Buddhist philosopher from Kanazawa. The Contemplative Space is great for photos.
Kanazawa Omotesando(Yokoyasuecho Shopping Promenade)
About 300 years ago, many shops began to spring up here to serve visitors to nearby Higashi Betsuin Temple. A charming road for a walk or jog!
A narrow alley with stairs connecting Kuboichi Ototsurugi-gu Shrine and the Kazue-machi Chaya District. The “kuragari” (“darkness”) in the name comes from the fact that it gets very little sunlight.
(Naka-no Hashi Bridge)
The setting of a novel by Izumi Kyoka. This was once a toll bridge that people would have to pay one mon to cross, earning it a nickname at the time: “Ichimonbashi Bridge,” or “One-Mon Bridge.”
Yasue Hachimangu Shrine
Famous for the adorable Kaga Hachiman Okiagari dolls, which serve as a talisman to ward off misfortune, pray for a long and healthy life, and pray for children's health. Because of the way they get up after they're knocked down, they're also popular as a talisman to pray for success in business.
Satomicho Small Townscape Preservation Area
Satomicho is said to have been named for the Satomi clan’s residence here, during Japan’s feudal period. The roof and the earthen walls surrounding the grounds are evocative of the days when samurai once walked the streets of this town.
A shopping street lined with jewelers, cosmetics shops, cafés, and more. The street is nicely wide and few cars drive down this street, making it perfect for walking and jogging.
The Kuratsuki irrigation channel runs along this charming street, giving it a pleasantly peaceful atmosphere. In recent years, a number of fashionable cafés and shops have opened along this street.