Touring Kanazawa Recommended Tourist Route

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Touring Kanazawa

Recommended Tourist Route

Kanazawa retains the atmosphere of a castle town and boasts a collection of topical tourist spots of international interest. Here we describe the recommended tourist route for the major tourist experiences you should try at least once if you come to Kanazawa, including strolling the streets, shopping, and good food. You can get around Kanazawa efficiently in a day. All you need is about five hours.

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1 KANAZAWA STATION

When you alight at Kanazawa Station you will be greeted by the Motenashi Dome, completed in 2005 from feature glass. Hop on a bus and head for our first destination, Higashi Chayagai District.


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2 HIGASHI CHAYAGAI DISTRICT

One of Kanazawa’s three chaya districts, with their charming tea houses, the streets are lined
with buildings housing vendors of gold leaf and traditional sweets, souvenir shops selling cute Kanazawa ornaments, and classy cafés. Don’t miss Shima, the only tea house structure in Japan to be designated a nationally Important Cultural Property. Built in 1820, the tea house has been immaculately preserved in its original form. As it was built to house the general arts of singing, music and dancing, it is unique for the fact that its upper storey guest rooms have no cupboards or dividing walls.


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3 KENROKUEN GARDEN

Kenrokuen is one of Japan’s three most famous gardens. It is a chisen kaiyu, ‘strolling pond’, style garden typical of the Edo period and has its origins as the clan residence constructed in the outer blocks of Kanazawa Castle by the Kaga clan. Its charm transforms with the seasons, offering different views with the changing seasons. A must see is the Kotoji stone lantern for which the garden is known. After a Address: leisurely stroll around the garden, enjoy a snack at one of the tea shops lining the exit.

Address: 1-4 Kenroku-machi, Kanazawa-shi


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Address: 1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa-shi

4 KANAZAWA CASTLE PARK

The huge park was created around the restored ruins of Kanazawa Castle, which was the stronghold of the Million Koku of Kaga, dating from when Maeda Toshiie moved into the castle in the Edo period. The symbol of Kanazawa Castle, the famous Ishikawamon Gate, is designated a nationally Important Cultural Property. In spring the park is also very popular as a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing.


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5 KANAZAWA 21ST CENTURY MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

The concept of the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, which is a gallery that has many fans around Japan, was for it to be open to the town and in essence a ‘park- like art gallery’. Leandro Erlich’s Swimming Pool is one popular spot in which a boundary created by the surface of a pool becomes a natural source of interaction.

Address: 1-2-1 Hirosaka,Kanazawa-shi


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6 OHMICHO MARKETS

For our final stop we go to the Ohmicho Markets, which are popular with tourists. This is the kitchen of the people of Kanazawa, where shoppers can buy fresh seafood products and Kaga vegetables. Across the 2.8 hectare site there are 170 or so shops, including stores selling fresh food and commercial goods, and food and beverage outlets. Shop and taste test as you are surrounded by in a swirl of energetic cries of ‘It’s fresh!’, or ‘It’s cheap!’, and being on the coast of the Japan Sea, do not go past the seafood. Sushi eaten at the markets is unforgettable.

Address: 50 Kami Ohmicho, Kanazawa- shi


The circuit or shuttle bus from Ohmicho Markets to Kanazawa Station takes about five minutes. Pop into the souvenir stores at Kanazawa Station to buy famous local sweets, seafood products, or gold leaf craft items. You can savour the delights of Kanazawa in just one day.

Daydream in Shinjuku

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SHINJUKU GYOEN

If you want to find a little peace in downtown Shinjuku, Shinjuku Gyoen is the place to be on a sunny day. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden located in the south of Shinjuku covers 58.7 hectares. From the end of March to April, the garden is a very popular cherry blossom viewing spot with more than 1,500 cherry blossom trees in the garden. It has three areas, including a Japanese traditional garden area, formal French and English landscape where you can take a walk. Shinjuku Gyoen is loved by locals and tourists as an oasis in the big city.


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KINOKUNIYA BOOK STORE

Kinokuniya book store in Takashimaya Times Square, located a five-minute walk from the south exit of JR Shinjuku Station, has the biggest foreign book selection in Tokyo. The 6th floor is especially for foreign publications, where you can find wide range of books, magazine and Japanese comics translated into English.


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ISETAN

Isetan department store was established in 1886, making it the oldest department store in Shinjuku. It has three buildings with a huge selection of international and domestic brands. Isetan is known as an icon in Shinjuku for lovers of shopping.


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KAGURA-ZAKA

Kagurazaka, which literally means “sacred music slope”, is an ideal area to discover a traditional Japanese atmosphere in Shinjuku. The area used to be Japan’s premier pleasure district before World War II, with many geisha houses. Even now the area is redolent of old Japan with traditional houses and temples. There are also great restaurants and many interesting shops.

【Tourist Hot Spot in NAGANO】NAGANO

▶︎ NAGANO

A key city of the Shinshu region with the smell of hot springs in the air

An economic powerhouse and home to the Nagano Prefectural Government Office, Nagano City is also a prime destination for hot spring fans, boasting many hot springs that visitors can go to on day trips.
The city is home to the Joshin’etsu Highland National Park that served as an Olympic venue where even beginners can enjoy skiing and snowboarding, and more traditional cultural sites such as Zenko-ji temple and Togakushi shrine.
The food is also exceptional, with the delicious Shinshu soba and oyaki being the local specialties.

Zenko-ji Temple


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Venture beyond the inner chamber of this pilgrimage site, down a narrow flight of steps to a completely dark corridor. Visitors who manage to touch a metal key hanging on the wall here are said to gain enlightenment. Because the temple is non-denominational, many have travelled here over the years to be saved regardless of religion, gender, or station, driving the temple’s ongoing popularity.

Info: www.zenkoji.jp

Togakushi Handmade Soba


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The climate of Togakushi gives birth to a tasty soba noodle with a strong aroma known as Kirishita Soba. Traditional soba making techniques combine with clear water to create a strong noodle. The soba is harvested each year in summer and autumn; the fresh soba of autumn known as ‘new soba’ and available from late October.

Info: www.nagano-cvb.or.jp

Togakushi Shrine


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This shrine is located at the base of Mt. Togakushi, a widely visited holy mountain 1904m in height long known as a pilgrimage site for those of faith or seeking enlightenment. Today, it is a holy spot and a power spot where visitors can feel the earth’s energy, drawing visitors from across the country to pray for strong harvests, good fortune, and good health.

www.togakushi-jinja.jp

Shichimi Hot Spring


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A hidden hot spring at the heart of Matsukawa Gorge in the Shinshu Takayama Onsen- kyo. Three hot spring resorts call the area home, and day visitors are welcome. The autumn foliage is some of the best in the entire region, and the hot springs are the perfect place to relax. The region’s name comes from the seven different springs in the area.

www.mountaintrad.co.jp/nagano/scm/ hi0/guide.html

The Nagano Ebisu Fireworks Festival


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This fireworks festival is a symbol of the coming of winter to Nagano City. In addition to splendid fireworks displays, giant 24-inch shells light up the autumn sky in internationally- acclaimed displays.

www.nagano-cci.or.jp/ebisukou/

Kagami Lake


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A beautiful lake 1,200m above sea level with a mirror- like surface that reflects the landscape year round, from the new shoots of spring to the cool breezes of summer and the autumn foliage. For the best view, plan a visit in the morning. The lake is lined by a walking track, and the Togakushi Mountain Botanical Gardens is close by as well.

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