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Address: 1-1 Marunouchi, Kanazawa 920-0937, Ishikawa Prefecture
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All that remain of this castle, once occupied by the powerful Maeda family,...

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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The castle is right across from the gardens and worth a visit. As with many places in Japan, it burned down several times, so the current castle has been rebuilt. The inside is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The castle is right across from the gardens and worth a visit. As with many places in Japan, it burned down several times, so the current castle has been rebuilt. The inside is mainly interesting because of the large beam wood construction - no nails used here. Otherwise there is nothing of note inside.

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a great time walking around the castle perimeter and explore various garden paths. The castle is very well built and designed. If you are staying nearby hotel the castle like I did you can even go there for a jog around in the late afternoon. It closed at 6pm.

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm a bit of a castle junkie...I will admit. I've lived in and visited Japan and in my travels there visited many castles. Kanazawa castle is one of my favorites and others a bit overshadowed by Kenrokuen. I work in the museum field so I really enjoyed all of the explanations and displays on the rebuilding of the castle. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We caught theTourist Bus Loop from the bus station just in front of the Kanazawa train station. The pass is available from the Tourist Information Centre. We bought a 1 day pass for 500 yen and stopped at the Kanazawa Castle. The gardens and the exhibits showing the traditional wooden construction methods were incredible.

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Thank Paula O
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went through this Park on the way to Kenrokuen. Most people would rate the latter higher for its flora and the architecture. However, I would say I like the Castle Park better. The park wall is magnificient and ancient and there are lots of open space for a leisure stroll.

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Thank Olivia C
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Kanazawa castle was beautiful to see, even on rainy day. If you're in Kanazawa near the castle I recommend stopping by, but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit it again. Compared to some of the other castles I've visited in Japan this one wouldn't be my top choice, but still a nice spot.

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Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are English speaking guides to introduce you to the castle. Ours was great. He explained why the roof was lead (in this climate, water would freeze in tiles and break them, and also they could be melted down into bullets if necessary). In one room of the castle, there were blocks of wood demonstrating how construction was possible without... More 

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

....just across the road. This castle has been rebuilt using the old technique of wooden joints without nails, very interesting. The roof tiles, made mostly of lead, have a silvery shimmer that makes the castle look like it is covered with a light layer of snow, no matter what time of year it is.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I highly recommend asking a guide if you visit Kanazawa Castle. They are available at Ishikawa Gate (across of Kenroku-en Park). They are free and willing to show you the castle. If possible, study about Edo-era and Maeda family in advance; you will enjoy even more.

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're visiting Kanazawa this is a must see, most of all because is very close to the Kenrokuen garden which is another tourist spot. The entrance is free and the architecture is very beautiful, especially during spring when the cherry trees are blooming. You can certainly fid some pictures on google about it and honestly is very amazing. The... More 

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