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Ranked #1 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Gardens; Parks
Owner description: This beautiful park contains one of the top three celebrated gardens in Japan. The name Kenrokuen literally translates to... more » Owner description: This beautiful park contains one of the top three celebrated gardens in Japan. The name Kenrokuen literally translates to “garden combining six”, referring to the six attributes all gardens should have: seclusion, antiquity, spaciousness, human ingenuity, water and scenic views. « less
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Ranked #2 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Museums
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Ranked #3 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #4 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Lookouts; Historic Sites
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Ranked #5 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: Step inside this traditional Japanese home, complete with tea-ceremony room, a small, enchanting garden, artifacts from the... more » Owner description: Step inside this traditional Japanese home, complete with tea-ceremony room, a small, enchanting garden, artifacts from the Edo period and personal belongings of the Nomura family, who lived here for 10 generations. « less
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Ranked #6 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
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Ranked #7 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Art Museums

  The museum sits just near the Gardens, below the Castle. The building itself, designed by Tokyo architects SANAA, is worth the visit. It features works from the likes of James... more »

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Ranked #8 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
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Ranked #9 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Neighborhoods
Owner description: Many samurai (Japanese warriors) used to live in this area, where remnants of that era, like several mansions, a canal and... more » Owner description: Many samurai (Japanese warriors) used to live in this area, where remnants of that era, like several mansions, a canal and private gates, still remain. « less
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Ranked #10 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: History Museums; Art Museums
Owner description: Many national treasures are housed in this museum, including a precious 17th-century incense burner, scrolls, paintings and... more » Owner description: Many national treasures are housed in this museum, including a precious 17th-century incense burner, scrolls, paintings and samurai costumes. « less
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Ranked #11 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Historic Sites; Religious Sites
The unique entry gate for which this 1599 shrine is famous was originally part of Kanazawa Caste.
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Ranked #12 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #13 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Castles
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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Ranked #14 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
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Ranked #15 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
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Ranked #16 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Owner description: Set aside an hour to enjoy the array of handicrafts for which Kanazawa is most well-known, including the famous Kutani... more » Owner description: Set aside an hour to enjoy the array of handicrafts for which Kanazawa is most well-known, including the famous Kutani pottery, dyeing and hand painting on silk, lacquerware, metalwork, gold leaf, Japanese paper and fireworks. « less
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Ranked #17 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Museums
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Ranked #18 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Lookouts
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Ranked #19 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Gardens
This 300-year-old garden has a tearoom that offers a serene setting for sipping green tea and eating sweet bean cakes.
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Ranked #20 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Mountains
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Ranked #21 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Originally a Chinese pharmacy, this 120-year-old building has remnants of the pharmacy, a tearoom and a collection of... more » Owner description: Originally a Chinese pharmacy, this 120-year-old building has remnants of the pharmacy, a tearoom and a collection of Kanazawa crafts and tools. « less
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Ranked #22 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Specialty Museums
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Ranked #23 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Specialty Museums
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Ranked #24 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #25 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Bridges
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Ranked #26 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Factory Tours
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Ranked #27 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Performances
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Ranked #28 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Museums
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Ranked #29 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Theaters
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Ranked #30 of 67 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: History Museums
Owner description: While adults dig into the history of the Ishikawa region, children can try on period clothes, beat drums, and try their hand... more » Owner description: While adults dig into the history of the Ishikawa region, children can try on period clothes, beat drums, and try their hand at various crafts in a hands-on room inside this stately brick building, once used to stock weapons. « less
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