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The following is a full-day model course for average-paced travelers that covers the major attractions in Kanazawa on foot over about seven kilometers.

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Start at Kanazawa Station
Walk to Omicho Market
15 minutes
Omicho Market
Public market famous for fresh seafood 60 minutes
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.
Walk to Oyama Shrine
10 minutes
Oyama Shrine
Shrine dedicated to the former feudal lord 20 minutes
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.
Walk to Gyokuseninmaru Garden
5 minutes
Gyokuseninmaru Garden
Reconstructed garden at Kanazawa Castle 20 minutes
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.
Continue further into the castle grounds
5 minutes
Kanazawa Castle
Seat of one of Japan's most powerful feudal lords 60 minutes
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.
Walk to Kenrokuen Garden
5 minutes
Kenrokuen Garden
One of Japan's three best landscape gardens 60-90 minutes
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.
Continue southeast to Seisonkaku Villa
5 minutes
Seisonkaku Villa
Beautiful villa next to Kenrokuen Garden 30 minutes
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.
Walk towards the museums
5-10 minutes
Museums
Visit one or more of Kanazawa's outstanding museums 60 minutes
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.
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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
      Budget-friendly
      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. At the guest house the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at Kanazawa Guesthouse Stella will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kanazawa, like hiking and cycling. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kanazawa Castle, Kanazawa Yasue Gold-Leaf Museum and Utasu Shrine. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 31 km from Kanazawa Guesthouse Stella.
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    • THE SHARE HOTELS HATCHi Kanazawa
      Budget-friendly
      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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    • Guest House Kadoyasu
      Budget-friendly
      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
      Mid-range
      Located in Kanazawa, 2.1 km from Kanazawa Castle, so, KANAZAWA provides rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 1.1 km from Kanazawa FORUS, 1.1 km from Ozaki Shrine and 1.5 km from Oyama Shrine. The hotel features family rooms. All rooms at the hotel are equipped with a seating area and a flat-screen TV. All units include a private bathroom, slippers and bed linen. 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
      Luxury
      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
      Budget-friendly
      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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    • Kanazawa Sainoniwa Hotel
      Luxury
      Surrounded by four gardens that change colours throughout the seasons, Kanazawa Sainoniwa Hotel offers spa facilities and an on-site restaurant. Private parking is possible on site and free WiFi is available in all guest rooms. All rooms here are non-smoking, carpeted and equipped with air conditioning and an air humidifier. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV. Selected room include a seating area with a sofa and a working desk. Private bathroom is fitted with bath and shower while free toiletries and Samui, Japanese traditional wear, are provided. Guests at Kanazawa Sainoniwa Hotel can enjoy spa on the ground floor. The on-site restaurant serves a buffet for breakfast. Drinks and snacks vending machines are locate throughout the hotel. From the hotel, JR Kanazawa Station is within a 15-minute walk. Guests can take a free shuttle from JR Kanazawa Station for 5 minutes to arrive at the property. The picturesque Kenrokuen Garden is under a 20-minute drive and Komatsu Airport is a 40-minute drive away.
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