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Kanazawa Castle

1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0937, Japan
+81 76-234-3800
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Ranked #12 of 66 attractions in Kanazawa
Type: Castles
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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Tokyo, Japan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

An expansive well kept castle worth visiting. Next to a beautiful park. Well connected transport wise. They got a parking which I found quite expensive

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The castle was closed and parts were being reconstructed, the security guards were very happy to tell us to go away.

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Takasaki, Japan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The English skill of the staff at Kanazawa Castle and the surrounding garden is excellent. Your can enter the garden free of charge, and if you're lucky someone will volunteer to give you the garden tour. These volunteer guides are extremely knowledgeable and entertaining, and well worth the attention and time spent. I recommend doing a tour of the garden... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

the kanazawa castle grounds are nice, but none of the original buildings are left. One of the gate rebuilds dates back ca. 200 years, the other buildings have been rebuild in 2001. So don't expect to see the real old buildings. Even though, it's nice to stroll through the park and free guided tours in english are available.

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San Francisco, California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

There are free English guides that can accompany you through the castle, and the nearby botanical garden. The castle was pretty empty inside, and the exterior wasn't very impressive. However, it is still nice to have a guide to tell you about the Japanese history.

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Dublin, Ohio
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Good place and wonderful surroundings. The castle allows you to walk around and see the different houses, and green areas.Can get inside the castle and see the reconstruction process and the original style used when it was built. You can get a ticket at the Castle to visit both the castle and kenrokuen garden for US$5 (save $1.20).

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is our second time visiting the Kanazawa Castle. Still constructing. Did not see much different from 3 years ago!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Even though not an original castle this is worth a visit because it offers detailed information as to the building and inner workings of a Japanese castle. It is also wheelchair friendly with wheelchairs offered inside the main entrance in addition to disabled access into the keep. Entry costs ¥310 yen or buy a combined garden and castle ticket for... More

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Big tip which we missed as the lady at the Gardens didn't speak English. If you are planning to visit both the Kanazawa Castle and the Gardens there is a combined entry ticket into both ie cheaper than doing separately. Also take your passport if you require child or elderly entry concessions. Castle has been rebuilt. Beautiful wood architecture and... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The castle burnt down and was rebuilt. During my visit part of the towers was still under construction. In the bare surface of the castle it showed how the columns was put together. There is also audio with multi language and few artifacts displayed.

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