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Ranked #1 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Gardens; Nature and 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 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Museums
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Ranked #3 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #4 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Lookouts; Landmarks
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Ranked #5 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
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 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Museums
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Ranked #7 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
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Ranked #8 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Art Museums; 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 #9 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
  • Surprsing gem 01/07/2013
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #10 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Landmarks
The unique entry gate for which this 1599 shrine is famous was originally part of Kanazawa Caste.
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Ranked #11 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Neighborhoods; Other
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 #12 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Museums
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Ranked #13 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Museums
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 #14 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Other

Omi-cho is basically the local fish market. It has a few covered streets that are full of people from early morning until 5PM. The fish on the stalls is very nice and you can see... more »

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Ranked #15 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Art Museums; History Museums; 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 #16 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Castles; Landmarks
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 #17 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #18 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Lookouts; Landmarks
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Ranked #19 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #20 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Specialty Museums; 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 #21 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Museums
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Ranked #22 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #23 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
  • Kanazawa's "Peak" 11/04/2014
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #24 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Hot Springs/ Geysers; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #25 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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 #26 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
  • So old and Amazing 10/08/2014
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
The 18th-century home of a brilliant young reformer.
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Ranked #27 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #28 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Neighborhoods; Other
Owner description: This temple district is most well-known for its "Ninja Temple," nicknamed ninja (Japanese spies) because of its hidden... more » Owner description: This temple district is most well-known for its "Ninja Temple," nicknamed ninja (Japanese spies) because of its hidden tunnels, secret rooms, maze of halls and stairways and other techniques to catch intruders. « less
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Ranked #29 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
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Ranked #30 of 68 attractions in Kanazawa
Category: Bridges; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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