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Kanazawa Castle

1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0937, Japan
+81 76-234-3800
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Ranked #13 of 67 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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Cessnock, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

On our backpacking trip through japan this was one of the places I was most excited for. However my excitement and expectations far exceeded what I actually got. Portions of the castle were being renovated and those that had been renovated were done so poorly. The 310 yen per person to enter was quite steep compared to the underwhelming interior.... More

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cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

It's pleasant enough walking round the grounds and seeing the extent of restoration. I had a goodwill guide who had interesting information. It's just across the road from kenruokan so it's easy to do both in a half day.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

After burning down and being rebuilt over the centuries, it is no wonder why so much effort went into saving this place. The castle grounds are absolutely gorgeous - expansive lawns, shaded walking trails and delightful ponds. The castle is exceptional - a true work of art. The watchtowers are magnificent and make for some great photo ops. Definitely see... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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

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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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 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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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