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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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Missign Actual Castle but Still Worthwhile

castle burned down but grounds are well maintained and other buildings and gates have been restored nicely. It's definitely worth exploring the grounds, gardens and the turret... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
45 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

castle burned down but grounds are well maintained and other buildings and gates have been restored nicely. It's definitely worth exploring the grounds, gardens and the turret corners. It's also right across from Kenrokuen so there's no reason to ignore it.

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Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews 37 reviews
31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

this castle felt much smaller (and shorter) and any other castles i've visited so far. this didnt do much for me, but if you're a castle buff, it might interest you for a visit.

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Singapore
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189 reviews 189 reviews
70 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Kanazawa Castle is slowly being rebuilt and as such there is not a whole lot to see. The gardens/park around the building are worth the trouble of walking up to the castle itself though.

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Canberra, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

The first time I saw this site I was impressed by the location and size. Since then new structures have been completed and it beginning to look like it would have all those years ago. The impressive Kenroku-en is just a short walk across the bridge. To get an idea of the area covered enter the castle by the rear... More 

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Australia
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34 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We visited first week of February but unfortunately there was no snow.The trees were barren and the grass was yellow. We approached by walking along Hakuchoro Promenade,attracted by statues that I spotted from the bus.There were about a dozen statues along the route.We then entered the park through the Otemon gate. I enjoyed especially the trees in the wild Hommaruenchi... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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21 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

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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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 via mobile

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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70 helpful votes 70 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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