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Kanazawa 
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During the Edo Period, Kanazawa (金沢) served as the seat of the Maeda Clan, the second most powerful feudal clan after the Tokugawa in terms of rice production and fief size. Accordingly, Kanazawa grew to become a town of great cultural achievements, rivaling Kyoto and Edo (Tokyo).

During World War Two, Kanazawa was Japan's second largest city (after Kyoto) to escape destruction by air raids. Consequently, parts of the old castle town, such as the Nagamachi samurai district and chaya entertainment districts, have survived in pretty good condition.

Today, Kanazawa remains an important city in its region and serves as the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. The city boasts many historical attractions such as restored residences and districts, as well as modern museums. But Kanazawa's unchallenged main attraction is Kenrokuen, one of Japan's "three best landscape gardens" and by many considered the most beautiful of them all.

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Attractions
 1  Kenrokuen
Japan's most celebrated landscape garden.
User rating: 91/100 (413 votes)
Visited by: 773 users
 2  Ninjadera
Temple equipped with secret doors and traps.
User rating: 86/100 (134 votes)
Visited by: 268 users
 3  Chaya Districts
District of teahouses where geisha perform.
User rating: 82/100 (225 votes)
Visited by: 410 users
 4  21st Century Museum
Spectacular contemporary art museum.
User rating: 80/100 (103 votes)
Visited by: 210 users
 5  Seisonkaku Villa
Beautiful Japanese villa next to Kenrokuen.
User rating: 80/100 (63 votes)
Visited by: 117 users
 6  Nagamachi
Kanazawa's former samurai district.
User rating: 78/100 (150 votes)
Visited by: 279 users
 7  Omicho Market
Busy market near Kanazawa Station.
User rating: 75/100 (174 votes)
Visited by: 339 users
 8  Oyama Shrine
Shrine dedicated to the former local lord.
User rating: 72/100 (100 votes)
Visited by: 191 users
 9  Kanazawa Castle
Slowly being reconstructed.
User rating: 72/100 (300 votes)
Visited by: 596 users
Side Trips from Kanazawa
 1  Shirakawa-go
Mountainous region, known for its farmhouses.
User rating: 93/100 (267 votes)
Visited by: 547 users
 2  Noto Peninsula
Rural peninsula with beautiful coastlines.
User rating: 77/100 (64 votes)
Visited by: 193 users
 3  Kaga Onsen
A collection of four historic hot spring towns.
User rating: 76/100 (27 votes)
Visited by: 118 users

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User Rating (by 553 users):
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English Links
City of Kanazawa
Official website of the city government.
Kanazawa Tourist Information Guide
Official website by the tourist association.

Japanese Links
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