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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 #16 of 68 Attractions 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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Tokyo, Japan
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

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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44 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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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 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
64 helpful votes 64 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Admission to both the castle and Kenrokuen park can be purchased together for 500 yen. The castle is worth a visit for two reasons. One is to see the displays of the traditional Japanese carpentry. The other is to see the incredible views from the top of the two turrets. The park surrounding the cattle is also very beautiful against... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

It's near Kenrokuen and the 21st century museum. So you won't have to go out of your way to visit. Since the main keep has not been rebuilt, it didn't warrant the admission fee for me....some of the gates are nicely restored and you can get a good look without paying the admission fee...not worth going out of your way... More 

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