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There are many museums throughout Kanazawa, with a number of them, including the Prefectural Art Museum, Prefectural History Museum, Honda Museum and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, concentrated around Kenrokuen. Note that various combination tickets are available for the museums.

Around Kenrokuen

21st Century Museum

Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (Friday and Saturday until 20:00)
Closed: Mondays and New Year holidays
Admission: Varies by exhibition, typically 1200 yen
The 21st Century Museum is a popular museum which exhibits contemporary art by acclaimed artists from across the world. Well known, permanent installation include Leandro Erlich's "Swimming Pool" and James Turrell's "Blue Planet Sky".

Prefectural History Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: December 27 to January 3 and irregular closures for maintenance
Admission: 300 yen (permanent exhibition)
Located in former factory buildings used for silk production, this well done museum introduces the natural and cultural history of Kanazawa and Ishikawa Prefecture. Information is available in English and Japanese. It displays both a permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Honda Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Thursdays in winter, December 29 to January 3
Admission: 400 yen
This museum exhibits treasures of the Honda family, the second most powerful family of Kanazawa during the Edo Period. Objects on display include samurai weapons and armor as well as paintings and calligraphy. The museum is located in the same brick building complex as the Prefectural History Museum.

D.T. Suzuki Museum

Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), December 29 to January 3
Admission: 310 yen
This museum commemorates the life and works of Buddhist philosopher Suzuki Daisetz Teitaro who was born in Kanazawa. The exhibitions introduce the visitor to Suzuki and his writings, while the architecture of the museum is an embodiment of his life and philosophy.

Prefectural Museum of Art

Hours: 9:30 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 370 yen
This museum hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions of local fine arts from the 15th to 20th centuries. On display are pieces of lacquerware, porcelain, swords, kimono, paintings, sculptures and more.

Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:45)
Closed: 3rd Thursday of the month (every Thursday in winter), New Year holidays
Admission: 260 yen
This museum displays famous handicrafts and products produced in Ishikawa Prefecture. Gold leaf and dyed silk kimono (using the local Kaga Yuzen technique) are some of the numerous products on exhibit.

Kanazawa Noh Museum

Hours: 10:00 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
Closed: Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: 310 yen
Standing not far from the 21st Century Museum, the Kanazawa Noh Museum introduces the traditional Japanese theater Noh with exhibits about theater architecture, costumes, masks and props used in performances. Visitors can also try on Noh masks and costumes in the experience corner.

Nagamachi District

Maeda Tosanokami-ke Shiryokan

Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 310 yen
This museum is dedicated to the Maeda family who once ruled over the region that is now Ishikawa Prefecture. The museum features samurai armor and other relics of the Maeda Clan. English audio guides are freely available.

Shinise Kinenkan Museum

Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (entrance until 16:30)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 100 yen
The Shinise Kinenkan is a restored shop from the Edo Period. Once a prominent pharmacy, it now is a museum that also shows local Kanazawa crafts.

Ashigaru Shiryokan Museum

Hours: 9:30 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free
The ashigaru, or foot soldiers, were the lowest ranked soldiers of the samurai class. This small museum consists of two of their reconstructed homes, which illustrate the relatively austere lifestyle of the ashigaru.

Combination tickets

There are several combination tickets that provide entry to museums around Kanazawa and may be of interest to visitors. They can purchased at the ticket counters of each museum covered:

  • Kenrokuen Plus One Ticket (2-day pass for 500 yen)
    This ticket is valid over two consecutive days and includes admission to Kenrokuen Garden and one of the following attractions of your choice: the paid area of Kanazawa Castle, the Prefectural History Museum, the Prefectural Museum of Art, the Honda Museum, the Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts and the Ishikawa Kikokinen Cultural Exchange Center.
  • Kanazawa Cultural Attraction Passport (1-day pass for 520 yen, 3-day pass for 830 yen)
    Available in one and three day versions, this pass covers entry to 17 cultural attractions around Kanazawa, including free admission to the Noh Museum, the D.T. Suzuki Museum, the Maeda Tosanokami-ke Shiryokan and the Shinise Kinenkan Museum. Passport holders also get discounted admission to the Prefectural History Museum, the Prefectural Museum of Art, the Honda Museum, the Museum for Traditional Products and Crafts and the Ishikawa Kikokinen Cultural Exchange Center.

Getting there and around

Hotels around Kanazawa

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      Budget-friendly
      Formerly a classic Japanese-style house built more than 100 years ago, Guest House Pongyi features affordable accommodations. JR Kanazawa Train Station and Hokutetsu-Kanazawa Train Station are a 5-minute walk away. The dormitory-style rooms feature tatami (woven-staw) floors. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. Female dormitory rooms have air conditioning, while mixed dormitory rooms have a fan for the summer and a heater for the winter. Guests can use the shared kitchen which features a microwave, a fridge, and kitchenware. A washing machine can be used for an extra cost. Pongyi Guest House is a 45-minute drive from Komatsu Airport, and a 10-minute walk from Oumicho Market. Kanazawa Castle Park is a 40-minute walk away. No meals are served.
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    • INOVA Kanazawa Station Hotel Suite
      Luxury
      INOVA Kanazawa Station Hotel Suite is located 600 metres from Kanazawa Station. Free WiFi is provided in all rooms. The property offers private parking. Featuring a balcony, all rooms have a flat-screen TV, washing machine and a kitchen with an induction stove, a fridge and a microwave. Each room has a living room, toilet and private bathroom with a TV. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 29 km from INOVA Kanazawa Station Hotel Suite.
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    • Guesthouse Nagonde
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      Guesthouse Nagonde is located a 5-minute walk from JR Kanazawa Station, 1.2 km from Kanazawa Castle and 1.7 km from Kenrokuen Garden . Some rooms include a seating area where you can relax. Guesthouse Nagonde features free WiFi throughout the property. There is a shared kitchen at the property. Myoryuji - Ninja Temple is 2.4 km from Guesthouse Nagonde, while Kanazawa FORUS is 400 metres away.
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    • Sumiyoshiya
      Mid-range
      Offering free Wi-Fi and free-use bicycles and in-room Japanese meals, Sumiyoshiya is a traditional Japanese-style hotel. It features a garden, hot public baths and coin-operated laundry facilities. A free-use internet PC is available at the lobby. Rooms feature paper sliding doors, Japanese futon bedding and a seating area. All come with an LCD TV, a tea/coffee maker and a sink, and some have a private bathroom. Sumiyoshiya offers laundry services, luggage storage and free parking. A Japanese and a Western breakfast are served in the hotelfs dining room, while Japanese dinners featuring local ingredients can be enjoyed in either the guest room or the dining room. Sumiyoshiya is a 10-minute walk from Kenroku-en Garden, and a 15-minute walk from both JR Kanazawa Stationfs East exit and the historical Higashi Chaya-machi district. Omicho market is only a 1-minute walk.
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    • Kanazawa Guesthouse Stella
      Budget-friendly
      1.4 km from Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Guesthouse Stella is situated in Kanazawa and features air-conditioned rooms. This 2-star guest house offers a shared kitchen, a shared lounge and free WiFi. The guest house has family rooms. Guests at the guest house will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kanazawa, like hiking and cycling. Popular points of interest near Kanazawa Guesthouse Stella include Kanazawa Castle, Kanazawa Yasue Gold-Leaf Museum and Utasu Shrine. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 31 km from the accommodation.
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    • THE SHARE HOTELS HATCHi Kanazawa
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      Renovated in March 2016, THE SHARE HOTELS HATCHi Kanazawa is located a 7-minute bus ride from JR Kanazawa Station. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Rooms at the property feature air conditioning and heating. Coin-operated laundry machines and safety deposit box are available for your convenience. There is a gift shop that sells local crafts, cafe, restaurant, shared kitchen/lounge featuring locally-made furniture and kitchenware at the property. Various local art works are featured on site. THE SHARE HOTELS HATCHi Kanazawa is a 8-minute walk from Kenrokuen and Kanazawa Castle.
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      Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Guest House Kadoyasu is located at an 8-minute walk away from JR Kanazawa Station. Guests can walk to Omi-cho Market in 5 minutes, while Higashi Chaya District is a 17-minutes walk away. Every room is equipped with air conditioning and heating facilities. There is a shared bathroom. There is a shared kitchen and lounge at this property. Luggage storage service before check-in and after check-out is offered. Bicycle rental is available. Kenrokuen Garden and Myoryuji - Ninja Temple can be reached within a 16-minute bus ride from the property. Komatsu Airport is 38 minutes away by car from Guest House Kadoyasu.
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    • so, KANAZAWA
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      So, KANAZAWA provides rooms in Kanazawa near Kanazawa FORUS and Ozaki Shrine. The 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The hotel features family rooms. All units at the hotel are equipped with a seating area and a flat-screen TV. All rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Popular points of interest near so, KANAZAWA include Ishikawa Ongakudo, Meitetsu M'za and Omicho Market. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 30 km from the accommodation.
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    • UAN kanazawa
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      UAN kanazawa is located a 5-minute walk from Musashigatsuji/Ohmicho Ichiba Bus Stop and Omicho Market. JR Kanazawa Station is 12 minutes by bus from the property, while Kanazawa Castle is 13 minutes on foot. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property. A wheelchair accessible room can be found at this property. Each room at this hotel is air-conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There is a complimentary handy Smartphone and desk in all the rooms. Enjoy a cup of tea from your terrace or patio. Every room comes with a private bathroom with a bath and high-tech toilet, with slippers provided. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. Yukata robes are also provided for the comfort of guests. A Japanese or Western-style breakfast featuring local specialities is available upon prior request. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. The property offers free soba noodle at night. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property and free luggage storage is available. Guests can work out free of charge at the hotel's fitness gym. Kenrokuen Garden is a 15-minute walk from UAN kanazawa, while Myoryuji - Ninja Temple is a 15-minute bus ride away from the property. The nearest Airport is Komatsu Airport, a 55-minute bus away.
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    • K's House Kanazawa - Travelers Hostel
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      Featuring a terrace, K's House Kanazawa - Travelers Hostel is set in Kanazawa in the Ishikawa region, 1.3 km from Kanazawa Castle and 1.8 km from Kenrokuen Garden. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hostel features family rooms. Popular points of interest near the hostel include Myoryuji - Ninja Temple, D. T. Suzuki Museum and Nakamura Memorial Museum. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 29 km from K's House Kanazawa - Travelers Host.
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