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.

Top attractions in Kanazawa

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Temple

Ninjadera

Temple equipped with secret doors and traps.
4.0 / 5
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Historic Site

Nagamachi

Kanazawa's former samurai district.
3.6 / 5
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Shrine

Oyama Shrine

Shrine dedicated to the former local lord.
3.2 / 5
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Side Trips from Kanazawa
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Noto Peninsula

Rural peninsula with beautiful coastlines.
3.8 / 5
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Kaga Onsen

A collection of four historic hot spring towns.
3.3 / 5
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Access and Orientation

Hotels around Kanazawa

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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
One of the best hotels in town, located just in front of Kanazawa Station.
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