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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Kenrokuen

Japan's most celebrated landscape garden.

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Ninjadera

Temple equipped with secret doors and traps.

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Nagamachi

Kanazawa's former samurai district.

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Oyama Shrine

Shrine dedicated to the former local lord.

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Side Trips from Kanazawa

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Shirakawa-go

Mountainous region, known for its farmhouses.

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Noto Peninsula

Rural peninsula with beautiful coastlines.

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Kaga Onsen

A collection of four historic hot spring towns.

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Crowne Plaza Hotel

Convenient hotel just in front of Kanazawa Station.

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Dormy Inn Kanazawa

Good value business hotel with onsen next to Kanazawa Station.

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Kanazawa Excel Hotel Tokyu

Convenient hotel located in the center of Kanazawa.

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Nikko Kanazawa Hotel

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