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Kanazawa Castle

1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0937, Japan
+81 76-234-3800
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Ranked #11 of 65 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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Dublin, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We had a conference welcome in the Castle. Later we walked around the grounds and through the gates of the Castle. We were impressed by the beauty of the wood in the Castle, which also tells us why the Castle had been rebuilt so often.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Hishiyagura, Gojikken Nagaya, and Hashizumemon Tsuzuki Yagura have good information in English and Chinese.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

Well worth a visit ,when we were there the place was going through some massive renovation ,but the armoury & the watch tower were a great look , nothing much in content but the area had the spacious feel of a castle ,the imposing gates & the grounds ,water spot near the rest area .all in all if you are... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This castle is one of the few we've encountered on our trip that truly gives an impression of the large scale of the former buildings. Its got a huge courtyard that is half surrounded by well preserved castle buildings. Although empty, they have good audio guides on the construction and former use. It was very empty when we went (late... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Yes we lucked out. We arrived in Kanazawa at the peak of cherry blossom season. During the time we were there they were lighting up the castle grounds and nearby Kenrokuen Gardens at night. It just doesn't get more spectacular than that. Daytime and nighttime viewing were different and equality wonderful. Great backdrops.

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