Start at Kanazawa Station
Omicho Market is the largest fresh food market in Kanazawa, specializing in local seafood and seasonal produce. Visitors can enjoy fresh seafood direct from the stores as well as at the numerous restaurants in the market.
Oyama Shrine is known for its unusual gate which has a mix of European and Asian influences. There is a garden with ponds and bridges on the shrine grounds that make for a pleasant stroll.
Part of Kanazawa Castle, the Gyokusenin Garden was relatively recently reconstructed based off archeological findings and historical records. The original garden was abandoned after the feudal system had been abolished.
Most buildings of Kanazawa Castle were after the end of the feudal age, and the only original major structures left is the Ishikawa-mon Gate which faces Kenrokuen Garden. Over recent years, however, many of the former buildings have been gradually reconstructed, including a long storehouse with turrets, and two gates.
Take a leisurely stroll through Kenrokuen Garden, and enjoy the seasonal flora and view. One of the most famous sights at the garden is the two-legged Kotojitoro Lantern at the main pond.
Direct gate between Kenrokuen and Seisonkaku
Standing adjacent to Kenrokuen Garden, the Seisonkaku Villa was built towards the end of the feudal period and is one of the most elegant remaining samurai villas in Japan. Visitors can appreciate the traditional elements of Japanese architecture here.
There are three outstanding museums in the vicinity of Kenrokuen Garden: the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ishikawa Prefectural History Museum and the D.T. Suzuki Museum. All three offer visitors a very different experience.