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Kanazawa 
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Kenrokuen

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 (433 votes)
Visited by: 808 users
 2  Ninjadera
Temple equipped with secret doors and traps.
User rating: 85/100 (138 votes)
Visited by: 279 users
 3  Chaya Districts
District of teahouses where geisha perform.
User rating: 82/100 (237 votes)
Visited by: 431 users
 4  21st Century Museum
Spectacular contemporary art museum.
User rating: 81/100 (109 votes)
Visited by: 220 users
 5  Seisonkaku Villa
Beautiful Japanese villa next to Kenrokuen.
User rating: 80/100 (65 votes)
Visited by: 119 users
 6  Nagamachi
Kanazawa's former samurai district.
User rating: 78/100 (154 votes)
Visited by: 291 users
 7  Omicho Market
Busy market near Kanazawa Station.
User rating: 75/100 (187 votes)
Visited by: 358 users
 8  Kanazawa Castle
Slowly being reconstructed.
User rating: 72/100 (312 votes)
Visited by: 616 users
 9  Oyama Shrine
Shrine dedicated to the former local lord.
User rating: 72/100 (104 votes)
Visited by: 199 users
Side Trips from Kanazawa
 1  Shirakawa-go
Mountainous region, known for its farmhouses.
User rating: 93/100 (282 votes)
Visited by: 580 users
 2  Kaga Onsen
A collection of four historic hot spring towns.
User rating: 77/100 (33 votes)
Visited by: 124 users
 3  Noto Peninsula
Rural peninsula with beautiful coastlines.
User rating: 77/100 (65 votes)
Visited by: 201 users

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User Rating (by 580 users):
84/100
  recommended

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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.

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