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Address: 1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa 920-0937, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 76-234-3800
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Description: All that remain of this castle, once occupied by the powerful Maeda...
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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Beautiful Kanazawa Castle Gardens area

We had visited the Kanazawa Castle and Gardens area on a day with sporadic rainfall, but even the rainy day did ruin our visit to this area. The Gardens with the Castle remains... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing castle. I have seen many European castles but this is something quite different. It is big and the gates are something to behold in their own right. Make sure you don't miss it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Kanazawa Castle is a large, well-restored castle, accessible from many different sides. The most popular approach is through the Ishikawa-mon Gate, which is located only a few meters from the main entrance of Kenrokuen.

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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We had visited the Kanazawa Castle and Gardens area on a day with sporadic rainfall, but even the rainy day did ruin our visit to this area. The Gardens with the Castle remains in the background is very beautiful to see and quite photogenic for photo buffs like me. (see photos attached). If you like strolling through a beautiful and... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The castle is a carefully reconstructed version of what was once a beautiful castle. It is worth a visit and make sure to go inside to see the animation of how the castle was constructed.

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Leawood, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a lovely parklike setting with beautiful backdrop for photos. As I don't understand Japanese so I can't tell you much about the history of the castle. But was once a defense site built to keep people out of the grounds and surrounded by a moat is now a lovely park surrounded by a city. You can spend as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Go with a guide when you're there. While the castle grounds are free for admission, the entry to the storehouse is about 300 yen. I opted to visit just the castle grounds with the company of a local guide and it was fascinating. You will be led through various outdoor spots of the castle, where the history of of Kanazawa... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Although it's been completely rebuilt, the castle is worth a visit for understanding how the castle's defence was designed as well as built. My 5-year old was mesmerized by the video on how the building structure was assembled without nails even though he couldn't understand a word of English.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is ok, but not the real thing. Matsumoto castle leaves it far behind for beauty and originality

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Kanazawa, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Before the Shinkansen come to Kanazawa city, the gov. has all finished the re-construction for Kanazawa Castle. Originally, it was built by Maeda Toshiie, a famous lord during the warring period. Especially the kanazawa city benefits a lot from his ruling and become a center of culture and crafts. Mostly part of the castle' precinct is free to visit.

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Sydney NSW
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Set in the grounds of the beautiful gardens this is a must do. The castle can be viewed with a guide (free) who will explain all..

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Address: 1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa 920-0937, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 76-234-3800
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Chubu  >  Ishikawa Prefecture  >  Kanazawa
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

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