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.

Start
Start at Kanazawa Station
Walk
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
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
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.
Walk
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
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.
Direct gate between Kenrokuen and Seisonkaku
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
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.
Finish

Hotels around Kanazawa

    • Hotel Resol Trinity Kanazawa
      A chic hotel for tourists that incorporates Kanazawa's traditional art and culture into its design.
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    • Ryotei Manyo
      An authentic ryokan with 9 rooms in Tatsunokuchi Onsen, 30 min from Kanazawa. The karesansui garden boasting 6600sq meters and spacious rooms are well-reputed.
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    • Matsusaki
      Established in Edo Period, Matsusaki is a secluded, traditional ryokan in Tatsunokuchi Onsen. Enjoy its masterpiece kaiseki cuisine. 30min from Kanazawa Sta.
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    • HOTEL 101 KANAZAWA
      Luxury
      Set in Kanazawa, 2 km from Kanazawa Castle, HOTEL 101 KANAZAWA offers accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a terrace and a restaurant. The 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. Guests can use the hot tub, or enjoy garden views. At the hotel, all rooms include a balcony. All guest rooms in HOTEL 101 KANAZAWA are fitted with a flat-screen TV and free toiletries. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kanazawa Station, Saigen-ji Temple and Kokyo-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 32 km from HOTEL 101 KANAZAWA.
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    • Guest House Pongyi
      Budget-friendly
      Formerly a classic Japanese-style house built more than 150 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 a microwave and a fridge. 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 30-minute walk away. Breakfast (Hot sandwitch) is available at 600 yen upon request.
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    • Hotel Kanazawa Zoushi
      Luxury
      Set in Kanazawa and within 1.4 km of Kanazawa Castle, Hotel Kanazawa Zoushi has a shared lounge, allergy-free rooms, and free WiFi throughout the property. This 4-star hotel offers luggage storage space. The property is non-smoking and is situated 1.7 km from Kenrokuen Garden. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Hotel Kanazawa Zoushi all rooms have bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Popular points of interest near Hotel Kanazawa Zoushi include Kanazawa Station, Saifuku-ji Temple and Gankei-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 31 km from the hotel.
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    • Machiya Guest House Carta
      Budget-friendly
      Offering a shared lounge and garden view, Machiya Guest House Carta is set in Kanazawa, 1.7 km from Kanazawa Castle and 1.3 km from Kenrokuen Garden. Featuring a garden, the 2-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the guest house, each unit is equipped with a tatami. At the guest house, the units include bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the guest house include Myoryuji - Ninja Temple, D. T. Suzuki Museum and Shofukaku Garden. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 32 km from Machiya Guest House Carta.
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    • Yamanoo
      Mid-range
      Situated within the historic Higashi Chaya District, Yamanoo boasts carefully prepared traditional local Japanese delicacies. Free WiFi access and free private parking are available on site. The ryokan is 900 metres from Kanazawa Castle in Kanazawa, overlooking a city of Kanazawa. Each guest room is in one of the annexes and features a private bathroom with a hot tub made from hinoki cypress wood. Bathrobes and slippers are provided. You will find a kettle in the room. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. A flat-screen TV is offered. You will find luggage storage space at the property. Kenrokuen Garden is 1.2 km from Yamanoo, while Myoryuji - Ninja Temple is 2.6 km from the property. Komatsu Airport is 31 km 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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    • 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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    • UTAIMACHI
      Mid-range
      Set 2.5 km from Kanazawa Station, 3.7 km from Myoryuji - Ninja Temple and 200 metres from Utasu Shrine, UTAIMACHI offers accommodation located in Kanazawa. The 3-star ryokan has inner courtyard views and is 1.4 km from Kenrokuen Garden. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and Kanazawa Castle is 1.5 km away. The ryokan will provide guests with air-conditioned units offering a wardrobe, a kettle, a microwave, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. There is also a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen equipped with a stovetop and kitchenware. At the ryokan, units are equipped with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the ryokan include Tokuda Shusei Kinenkan Museum, Kanazawa Yasue Gold-Leaf Museum and Kazuemachi Tea House Street. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 34 km from UTAIMACHI.
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    • THE HOTEL SANRAKU KANAZAWA 21th December 2022 OPEN
      Luxury
      Situated in Kanazawa, less than 1 km from Kanazawa Castle, THE HOTEL SANRAKU KANAZAWA 21th December 2022 OPEN features accommodation with a garden, private parking, a restaurant and a bar. This 5-star hotel offers room service, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is located 1.1 km from Kenrokuen Garden. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a coffee machine, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. The rooms are equipped with a kettle, while certain rooms are equipped with a balcony and others also boast garden views. At THE HOTEL SANRAKU KANAZAWA 21th December 2022 OPEN rooms come with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near THE HOTEL SANRAKU KANAZAWA 21th December 2022 OPEN include Kanazawa Station, Kurmon Mae Ryokuchi Park and Ozaki Shrine. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 33 km from the hotel.
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    • so, KANAZAWA
      Mid-range
      So, KANAZAWA is situated in Kanazawa, within 3.1 km of Myoryuji - Ninja Temple and 100 metres of Shirahige Shrine. The 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is located 2.3 km from Kenrokuen Garden. All units at the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a kitchen. At so, KANAZAWA each room includes bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kanazawa Castle, Kanazawa Station and Gankei-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Komatsu Airport, 31 km from so, KANAZAWA.
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