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Kanazawa Castle

Address: 1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa 920-0937, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 76-234-3800
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Ranked #9 of 83 things to do in Kanazawa
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: All that remain of this castle, once occupied by the powerful Maeda family, are the Ishikawa Gate...
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: All that remain of this castle, once occupied by the powerful Maeda family, are the Ishikawa Gate, a moat and stone walls.

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Canberra, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The first time I saw this site I was impressed by the location and size. Since then new structures have been completed and it beginning to look like it would have all those years ago. The impressive Kenroku-en is just a short walk across the bridge. To get an idea of the area covered enter the castle by the rear... More 

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Australia
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33 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We visited first week of February but unfortunately there was no snow.The trees were barren and the grass was yellow. We approached by walking along Hakuchoro Promenade,attracted by statues that I spotted from the bus.There were about a dozen statues along the route.We then entered the park through the Otemon gate. I enjoyed especially the trees in the wild Hommaruenchi... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Let’s not split hairs here, Kanazawa-jo is not even close to the best castle you can see in Japan, but it’s only a 2 minute walk from Kenroku-en. You can walk through the castle ground for free and see the 2001 reconstructed version of the castle which now houses a museum (9-4:30pm, 300 yen). The “museum” inside highlights the construction... More 

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Alice Springs, Australia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
45 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We visited this castle via the bus that stops at all the major tourist stops. It was big and bold and the gardens were nicely kept but as it was raining and cold, the visit was not that amazing. Quite hard to work out how to get to castle gates, however worth a visit.

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The castle was on the opposite side of the garden. It was very big and impressive. The walls were very high. In actual fact it was the wall that was the main attraction for me. The castle I only looked from a far distance. It was very wide and looked like the typical Japanese 'castles' as shown in the Japanese... More 

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Amazing gardening work, beautiful castle and if you are lucky you can See something like noh theatre.

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Perth, Australia
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60 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Plenty of free access to the grounds and some castle buildings with wonderful vistas to catch on your digital device-currently glistening in the snow that fell at the beginning of Jan. too bad most of the info boards were only for those fluent in Japanese. Lovely rest area and across the road from the castle are the gardens which are... More 

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We didn't go into all the buildings, but the grounds were really nice. Its worth the walk around to see the buildings and the view of Kanazawa. We went into one building that had been rebuilt recently and was beautiful. Until this point I had realized that many buildings hadn't survived either because of World War II (no the case... More 

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Port Lincoln, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Was very interesting to see how the castle was built, how they defended themselves and how it all worked. Was covered in snow which was beautiful in the gardens. And is free entry!!

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Perth, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Large castle grounds,with a lake lovely trees and flowers every where,there was a band playing conte part music with a highly rated Japanere Chello player,there was a small bar and nibbles bar set up,but it was a holiday,although I beleive.there is usually some thing going on,I spent some hours in this place and I enjoyed a lot then I hit... More 

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