Kanazawa Vacations

Explore Kanazawa, situated in Ishikawa, Japan, to check out its fascinating natural, historical and cultural highlights.

About 460,000 people call Kanazawa in Ishikawa home.

Kanazawa is situated about 180 miles (290 kilometers) west of the national capital Tokyo and approximately 85 miles (137 kilometers) west of Nagano.

Study the displays, browse the exhibits, have lunch or visit the gift shops in some of the local museums such as the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum and the Ishikawa Confectionery Culture Centre. Of all of the local collections in the Kanazawa area these two are among the most highly talked about.

Some of the most photographed heritage sites in Kanazawa are the religious buildings that have been standing here for many years. The Ninja Temple and the Daijoji Temple are two local examples. Take the time to enjoy the reverential atmosphere of these special places.

Put aside some time to visit the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, one of Kanazawa’s most remarkable modern art museums. Take a tour to learn about the permanent displays of contemporary art and then ask about the temporary exhibitions.

Nature lovers will be pleased to discover that the area also has several larger ecological parks where you can go to see beautiful surrounds and local flora and fauna. To walk through one of the most visited local nature preserves, drive out to Honda Forest.

Sometimes melancholic, sometimes romantic, the castles and other strongholds surrounding this region are always worthwhile to photograph. The old Kanazawa Castle, a local icon, shows how noblemen lived and defended their cities from crusaders and marauders.

Kenrokuen Garden is one of the most visited green havens around Kanazawa. Visitors of all ages love to hang out here because of the relaxed atmosphere and well-tended botanical displays.

Once you’ve explored all the major sights in this fascinating city, spend a little time at the Tentoku-in, the Oyama Shrine and the Shinmeigu Shrine.

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