What to do in Kanazawa

What to do in Kanazawa: 4 attractions in a row!

What to do in Kanazawa? That’s what we wondered when we made a stop in this city to visit the Japanese Alps from here. You have enough attractions in Kanazawa to spend a day having a great time in this city. Then you have also seen most of the city’s sights. We list the best sights.

What to do in Kanazawa
What to do in Kanazawa

#1 Kanazawa Castle

One of Kanazawa’s most famous attractions is its castle, and this castle is also free to enter. The castle is set in a park and looks impressive from the outside. You can walk around the different buildings here and in the different buildings you can also enter for free.

We have been in some of the buildings, but again, don’t expect too much from them. When we visited the castle, the weather was lovely and it was also a nice walk through the park where the castle is located. The castle is centrally located in the city, so you can walk to it from most hotels.

What to do in Kanazawa
What to do in Kanazawa

#2 Kenrokuen Garden

The Kenrokuen Garden has been called one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan. You can take a nice walk in this garden and you pay a small fee at the entrance to enter the garden. You have in the garden several lakes, waterfalls and very beautiful Japanese trees and plants.

We spent about an hour in this garden and by then we had seen most of it. The Kenrokuen Garden is located next to Kanazawa Castle, so you can visit the garden right after visiting the castle. You get an English map at the entrance, which makes it very easy to navigate your way around the garden.

What to do in Kanazawa
What to do in Kanazawa

#3 Higashi Geisha District

A nice district to visit in Kanazawa is the Higashi Geisha District. This is an old neighborhood, where you can take beautiful pictures. The neighborhood is not super large and is fairly in the center of town. From the castle, you can walk to this area in about 15 minutes. This neighborhood is not super big and really only consists of a few streets.

Of course, this district also features the Geisha theme. So we saw several posters, promoting different geisha shows. We found the prices for admission to these shows to be a bit on the snappy side and were sometimes close to 100 euros for the show. So we did not attend this show either.

#4 Omi Cho Market

Omi Cho Market is the city’s fish market and one of the most famous in Japan we had read. We honestly found this fish market a bit disappointing. We had been to the fish market in Busan in South Korea just a month earlier, and it was a lot livelier than this fish market. 

This fish market is not super big and they also sell other products, such as fruits. It is forbidden to take photos in this market. This is also displayed everywhere, so unfortunately some pictures cannot give you a good impression of this fish market. Since the market is located in the center of the city, you can easily take a tour of this market here. 

What to do in Kanazawa
What to do in Kanazawa

Where to stay in Kanazawa?

We stayed two nights at the Forza Kanazawa hotel. This hotel is very central and is close to Omi Cho Market. From this hotel you can visit all the sights from this list on foot. Also, the hotel is less than a 10-minute walk from Kanazawa Central Station.

We had a nice spacious room with a bathroom with tub and shower. In the morning we had an excellent breakfast at the hotel. In addition to the welcome drink we received at the hotel, we definitely recommend the hotel for staying in Kanazawa. For more information on the Forza Kanazawa hotel, take a look here.

Of course, there are plenty of other nice hotels in Kanazawa. We always look at how the hotel is rated (preferably a score of at least an 8 out of more than 100 reviews). For a list of all hotels in Kanazawa, take a look here.

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